Ludwig Wittgenstein said: "The Limits of My Language Mean the Limits of My World". I believe that most progress in computer science is made by pushing the limits of the language that computers and humans speak.

Peter Rautek is a Research Scientist in the High-Performance Visualization Group (HPV) working with Professor Markus Hadwiger at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Education and Early Career

Peter joined Vienna University of Technology at the beginning of his academic life. He obtained his bachelor degree in Media Computer Science in 2003. After that, he worked as a teacher assistant for one year. In 2005, he received his master degree in Computer Graphics and Digital Image Processing. During his preparation for the master degree, he worked part-time as a Computer Science teacher at School for Social Services in Seegasse.

He had many positions at Vienna University of Technology. He was a Research Assistant from 2005 to 2009. In that period, he was also preparing his doctoral in Computer Science. He received his doctoral degree in 2009. Before joining KAUST, Peter was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology.

Research Interest

Peter is interested in Scientific Visualization, Computer Graphics, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Internet of Things.

Honors and Awards

Peter participated in the VR Glasses Project that was awarded the KAUST Seed Fund in 2013.

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 2009
  • M. Sc., Computer Graphics and Digital Image Processing, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 2005 
  • B. Sc., Media Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 2003

Professional Memberships


Awards and Distinctions

KAUST Seed Fund 2013

Selected Publications

Sorger, J., Mindek, P., Rautek, P., Gröller, E., Johnson, G., & Viola, I. (2017). Metamorphers. Proceedings of the 33rd Spring Conference on Computer Graphics - SCCG ’17. doi:10.1145/3154353.3154364
Ibrahim, M., Wickenhauser, P., Rautek, P., Reina, G., & Hadwiger, M. (2018). Screen-Space Normal Distribution Function Caching for Consistent Multi-Resolution Rendering of Large Particle Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 24(1), 944–953. doi:10.1109/tvcg.2017.2743979
Waldin, N., Bernhard, M., Rautek, P., & Viola, I. (2016). Individualization of 2D color maps for people with color vision deficiencies. Proceedings of the 32nd Spring Conference on Computer Graphics - SCCG ’16. doi:10.1145/2948628.2948643
Klein, T., Bruckner, S., Gröller, M. E., Hadwiger, M., & Rautek, P. (2016). Towards Interactive Visual Exploration of Parallel Programs using a Domain-Specific Language. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on OpenCL - IWOCL ’16. doi:10.1145/2909437.2909459
Labschutz, M., Bruckner, S., Groller, M. E., Hadwiger, M., & Rautek, P. (2016). JiTTree: A Just-in-Time Compiled Sparse GPU Volume Data Structure. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 22(1), 1025–1034. doi:10.1109/tvcg.2015.2467331
Rautek, P., Bruckner, S., Groller, M. E., & Hadwiger, M. (2014). ViSlang: A System for Interpreted Domain-Specific Languages for Scientific Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 20(12), 2388–2396. doi:10.1109/tvcg.2014.2346318