Executive Director DFKI Saarbrücken & Head of the Research Department Agents and Simulated Reality

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Slusallek

  • Address (Saarbrücken)
    Gebäude D3 4
    Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
    D-66123 Saarbrücken

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Slusallek


Personal Information

Philipp Slusallek is Executive Director DFKI Saarbrücken & Scientific Director of the research area on Agents and Simulated Reality. At Saarland University he has been a professor for Computer Graphics since 1999, a principle investigator at the German Excellence‐Cluster on “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” since 2007, and was Director for Research at the Intel Visual Computing Institute 2009‐2017. Before coming to Saarland University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. He is associate editor of Computer Graphics Forum, a fellow of Eurographics, a member of acatech (German National Academy of Science and Engineering), and a member of the European High‐Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. In addition, Prof. Slusallek co‐founded the European initiative CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe) in 2018.

He originally studied physics in Frankfurt and Tuebingen (Diploma/M.Sc.) and got his PhD in Computer Science from Erlangen University. His research covers a wide range of topics including artificial intelligence, simulated/digital reality, real‐time realistic graphics, highperformance computing, motion synthesis, novel programming models for CPU/GPU/FPGA, computational science, and others.


Work Experience

2020 – today


Executive Director DFKI Saarbrücken

2008 – today


Scientific Director and Site Manager, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbrücken, Germany

2009 – today


Director of Research
Intel Visual Computing Institute, Saarbrücken, Germany

2007 – today


Principal Investigator, Co-Editor, and Member of the Scientific Board
Excellence-Cluster Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI), Saarbrücken, Germany

2007 – 2008


Visiting Professor
Nvidia Research, Santa Clara, USA

2000 – today


Full Professor (C4/W3) Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

1999 – 2000


Associate Professor (C3)
Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

1998 – 1999


Visiting Assistant Professor
Stanford University, USA

1995 - 1998


PostDoc at the Computer Graphics Lab, Prof. Hans-Peter Seidel
University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

1992 - 1995


Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Science
University of Erlangen, Erlangen Germany

1990 - 1992


Institute for Graphisch Interaktive Systeme (GRIS, Prof. Wolfgang Strasser), University of Tübingen

Education and Training

1983 - 1990


M.Sc. (Diplom) in Physics at the University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany




Member of acatech: German Academy of Science and Engineering



Land of Ideas Award: Display as a Service



Fellow of the Eurographics Association



CeBIT Innovation Award: For Display as a Service



Land of Ideas Award: DFKI Visualization Center



Final winner of Open Source Competition: ACM Multimedia 2008



European IST Innovation Award: European Commission



Best Ph.D. within the Technical Faculty, University of Erlangen


2018 – heute


Sprecher des Fachbereichs Graphische Datenverarbeitung (GDV) bei der Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) sowie Mitglied im Präsidium

2018 – heute


Mitinitiator der europäischen Initiative CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe)

2018 – heute


Berufung als Member of the European High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

2018 – heute


Berufung als Experte bei der acatech

2017 – heute


Gründungsmitglied des Arbeitskreises „Physik, moderne Informationstechnologie und Künstliche Intelligenz“ (AKPIK) , Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)

2017 – heute


Associate Editor, Computer Graphics Forum (CGF),
aktuell zweithöchst platzierte internationale Zeitschrift der Computergraphik

2017 – heute


Mitglied des Kuratoriums des Instituts für neue Materialien (INM),

2015 – heute


Gutachter bei der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.

2009 – heute


Mitgründer und Mitglied des Steering-Board, International Conference on High-Performance Graphics (HPG)

2008 – heute


Chair der Eurographics Working-Group on Graphics Hardware (später High-Performance Graphics), Eurographics Association

2007 – heute


Mitglied im Advisory Board, Irish Graduate Program for Visualisation, Graphics and Vision,Trinity College Dublin, Irland

2000 – heute


Gutachter bei der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

2013 + 2015


Mitglied des Evaluierungskomitees, Institut of Visual Computing,
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin



Gutachter für den Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis



Externer Gutachter, Berufung zum „SFI Professor of Creative Technologies”, Trinity College Dublin

2012 – 2018


Mitglied des Architecture-Board, Mitglied und Co-Chair (seit 2016) des FIWARE Technical Steering Board, FIWARE Project and Community

2011 – 2015


Mitglied des Internationalen Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), GRAND-Projekt (Canada’s Digital Media Network of Centres of Excellence), Kanada

2011 –  2014


Mitglied des Steering-Boards, Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing (ISTC-VC), Stanford University, USA

2008 –  2010


Externer Gutachter, Interactive Entertainment Technology Program,
Trinity College Dublin, Irland

2006 – 2010


Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), damals zweithöchst platzierte internationale Zeitschrift der Computergraphik

2004 – 2006


Mitglied des Senats,
Universität des Saarlandes

2002 – 2004


Dekan der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik,
Universität des Saarlandes

2000 – 2008


Senatsbeauftragter für das Rechenzentrum,
Universität des Saarlandes



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