Biographical Sketch

Peter Schröder in 1965, Schilksee, Baltic See

Peter Schröder is Professor of Computer Science and Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology where he began his academic career in 1995. Prior to Caltech and a short stint as postdoctoral research fellow at Interval Corporation (summer 1995) he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Carolina department of mathematics and a lecturer in the computer science department, where he worked with Prof. Björn Jawerth and Dr. Wim Sweldens. He received his PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 1994 for work on "Wavelet Methods for Illumination Computations." Prior to Princeton he was a member of the technical staff at Thinking Machines, where he worked on graphics algorithms for massively parallel computers. In 1990 he received an MS degree from MIT's Media Lab. He did his undergraduate work at the Technical University of Berlin in computer science and pure mathematics. He has also held an appointment as a visiting researcher with the German national computer science research lab (GMD) and its visualization group.

Prof. Schröder is a world expert in the area of wavelet based methods for computer graphics. He helped pioneer the use of fast wavelet solvers for illumination computations and developed (with Dr. Sweldens) the first practical spherical wavelet transform. Multiresolution techniques have been the subject of many invited lectures and courses he has given in Europe and North America for academic and industrial audiences. His publications record ranges from WIRED magazine to Siggraph conferences and special scientific journal issues on wavelets. In 1995 he was awarded a NSF CAREER award and named a Sloan Fellow. More recently he was named a Packard Fellow and Finalist in the 2001 Discover Awards.