Hans-Christian Hege is head of the Visual Data Analysis Department at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). After studying physics and mathematics, he did research in computational physics and quantum field theory at the Free University of Berlin (1984-89). He then joined ZIB, first as a scientific consultant for high-performance computing, then as head of the Visual Data Analysis Department, which he established in 1991. His group researches in visual data analysis and develops visualization software such as Amira/Avizo. He is also co-founder of the companies Mental Images (1986) – now NVIDIA Advanced Rendering Center –, Indeed-Visual Concepts (1999) – now Visage Imaging – and Lenné3D (2005).
He has taught as visiting professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, as honorary professor at the German Film Academy (University for Digital Media Production) and the Film Academy Babelsberg, and he is a faculty member of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS). His research interests include visual computing and applications in life sciences, natural sciences and digital humanities. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, Eurographics (elected Fellow since 2016), GI and DPG.