Pere Brunet is an active retired Full Professor in Computer Science at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. He was Vice President for Research at the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya between 1988 and 1992. He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (1976) from the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a special outstanding recognition.
He is actively working in Computer Science since 1967. He started his research work in Computer Graphics in 1979. He was the head of the UPC Research Group in Modeling, Visualization and Computer Graphics of the UPC until 2011. His group was a pioneer on Computer Graphics research in Spain, leading afterwards to the creation of many other research groups in the country.
His research interests include computer-aided geometric design, hierarchical geometric representations and virtual reality. His group works on different research projects and activities involving Virtual Reality and very complex models in a wide variety of fields such as geo-modeling, industrial design, cultural heritage and modeling and volume visualization in applications connected with medicine and health. The group keeps a strong international cooperation level and is active in Industry-based research.
He promoted the creation of the Virtual Reality Center of Barcelona, UPC. He has carried out research on fundamental and applied aspects of the generation and management of multi-resolution geometric models, on real-time navigation through highly complex virtual environments and on the implicit interaction in Virtual reality systems. He has contributed to the development of new modeling techniques based on discrete digital representations.
He has published a significant number of papers in reputed International Journals, and he has actively participated in, or has been invited to, a significant number of International Conferences. He has organized International Conferences and Symposia and several Dagstuhl Seminars.
He is (or has been) a member of the Editorial Board of International Journals like Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Geometric Design, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics Forum and Computers & Graphics.
He has been active in International Scientific Organizations like Eurographics, IFIP and Siggraph. He was the Chairman of the Eurographics Association between 2001 and 2002. He is presently the Chairman of the Eurographics Awards Committee.
He has been involved in evaluation tasks at the regional, national and international level. He was the Chairman of the Maths and CS TMR Netowrks panel of the European Union. He has been a scientific consultant of Universities, International Associations and Research Funding Agencies.
He has been honored with the silver medal from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and with the Narcís Monturiol medal from the Catalonia Government. He received the XI Catalan Foundation Prize for Research in 2001.
He received the Distinguished Career Award of the Eurographics Association in 2008, being the third recipient of this award. He received the Spanish National Informatics Award "Jose Garcia Santesmases" in 2010.
He is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, having been its vice-president from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Academia Europaea. He has been a member of the CAETS Council and he is a member of the Euro-CASE Board. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Engineering of Portugal.