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Bernhard Preim

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Address: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Preim
Department of Simulation and Graphics
Faculty of Computer Science
University of Magdeburg
Universitätsplatz 2
D-39106 Magdeburg
Phone: (+49-391) 67-1 85 12
Fax: (+49 391) 671-1164
Office: G29-211

Sekretariat: G29-218 (Petra Schumann)
Telefon:  (0+49391) 67-58772

Full professor of computer science. Head of the Visualization group

Short CV:

Bernhard Preim was born in 1969 in Magdeburg, Germany. He received the diploma in computer science in 1994 (minor in mathematics) and a Ph.D. in 1998 from the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg. In 1999 he moved to Bremen where he joined the staff of MeVis. In close collaboration with radiologists and surgeons he directed the work on "computer-aided planning in liver surgery". In June 2002 he received the Habilitation degree (venia legendi) for computer science from the University of Bremen. Since Mars 2003 he is full professor for "Visualization" at the computer science department at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, heading a research group which is focussed on medical visualization and applications in surgical education and surgery planning. He authored several textbooks: "Entwicklung interaktiver Systeme" (1999), "Visualization in Medicine" (Co-author Dirk Bartz, 2007), "Interaktive Systeme" (Co-author: R. Dachselt, 2010) and "Visual Computing in Medicine" (Co-author: C. Botha, 2013) and "Interaktive Systeme, Part 2" (Co-author: R. Dachselt, 2015).

Bernhard Preim founded the working group Medical Visualization in the German Society for Computer Science and served as speaker from 2003-2012. He is currently president of the German Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery (www.curac.org). He was Co-Chair and Co-Organizer of the first and second Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine (VCBM) and is now member of the steering committee of that workshop (www.vcbm.org). He is the chair of the scientific advisory board of ICCAS (International Competence Center on Computer-Assisted Surgery, since 2010), member of advisory board of Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (since 2008) and member of the advisory board of ISTT (Institute for Surgical Training and Technology) Leipzig (since 2012). He was also regularly a Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen where he closely collaborates with Fraunhofer MEVIS (2003-2012) and was Visiting Professor at TU Vienna (2016). At the University of Magdeburg, Bernhard Preim is member of the Board (since 2008), Vice-Dean for Student Affairs (since 2012). Bernhard Preim is married with Uta Preim (Medical Doctor), born Hahn and has two children.

Detailed CV: (PDF, 3 pages)

Research interests:

  • Visual exploration of blood flow (simulated cerebral flow, measured flow in the Aorta)
  • Visual analysis of epidemiologic data
  • Visualization techniques for medical volume data (visualization of vasculature, transfer function design, illustrative medical visualization)
  • Annotation of medical surface models (labeling, measurements)
  • Perception-based medical visualization
  • 3d interaction techniques (virtual resection, measurements, VR and other 3D input devices...)
  • Computer support for medical diagnosis and therapy planning (Virtual autopsy, neck dissection planning, sinus surgery planning, liver surgery planning, planning minimally-invasive interventions, ...)

Master and Phd students:

Completed Phd and master thesis (In German, PDF)

Participation in conference committees and juries:


Regular lectures include Visualization, Human-Computer-Interaction, Medical Visualization and Computer-Assisted Diagnosis and Therapy , and Three-dimensional and Advanced User Interfaces


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