About the GPU COE at Harvard University
Harvard University was awarded an NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence in 2009 for its integration of CUDA enabled GPUs for a host of science and engineering projects as well as for its commitment to teaching GPU Computing.  The honor complements a prior $2M grant the University received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development of GPU-enabled computational science. Harvard is already using GPUs to carry out research across fundamentally important areas such as decoding the intricate structure of the human brain (Connectome project), discovering the origins of the universe (MWA telescope project) and studying the electronic structure of atoms and molecules (quantum chemistry project).

Boston University, where physicists are using GPU computing to probe the subatomic structure of matter, is recognized as a Founding Partner in the GPU Center of Excellence.

About the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, SEAS brings discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society in the 21st century. The school’s faculty members are among the most highly cited and most productive researchers in the world, pursuing projects in areas ranging from applied mathematics to computer science to bioengineering to environmental science.

About the PI
Hanspeter Pfister's research lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. It spans a wide range of topics, including GPU computing for the sciences, visualization systems, computational photography, genomics visualization, and bio-medical image analysis.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1996 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 1991.  Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Pfister worked for 11 years at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) where he was most recently Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist. He was the chief architect of VolumePro, Mitsubishi Electric’s award-winning real-time volume rendering hardware for PCs.