Retirement of Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter

Presentation at SIGGRAPH 99

As we look back at many wonderful years together, we say goodbye to our dear colleague Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter.

After studying physics and mathematics in Ulm, Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter initially worked at the Center for Biological and Computational Learning at MIT in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. In 1999 he became a professor of Computer Graphics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. In 2002 he began his position at - what was then - the Department of Computer Science at the University of Basel. Later, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics merged and Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter led the Computer Graphics and Vision research group at the new Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

During his time at MIT, he started working on visual object recognition and automated learning strategies for the representation of object classes. This interest grew even more after he returned to Germany and the automated synthesis and analysis of images ultimately became his main research focus. At the University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter played a key role in establishing and expanding research on information technology. Over the years, Prof. Dr. Thomas Vetter has inspired both his colleagues and his students.