Dr. Michael Wand

Michael Wand headed the Independent Research Group Statistical Geometry Processing from June 2008 until Mai 2013.


Short CV

Since June 2008, he has been working as an independent group leader at Saarland University (in association with the Max-Planck Institut Informatik) within the “Cluster of Excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction.” From Sepember 2007 until May 2008, he was a junior group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut Informatik Saarbrücken, within the Max-Planck-Center for Visual Computing and Communication (“Phase II”).

From August 2005 until July 2007, he did a postdoc visit at the geometry group (Prof. Guibas), Stanford University, within the exchange program of the Max-Planck-Center for Visual Computing and Communication (“Phase I”).

In June 2004 he received his PhD in computer science (with honors); his thesis topic was “Point-Based Multi-Resolution Rendering” (publication in October 2004).

In 2000, he was employed as a research assistant at the computer science department of  University of Tübingen (Wilhelm Schickard Institute for Computer Science, Graphical-Interactive Systems, WSI/GRIS) after receiving his diploma in computer science in March 2000 (with honors). In October 1995, he started his studies in computer science and mathematics at University of Paderborn.

Research interests

  • Machine learning and graphics
  • Statistical tools for modeling and geometric data analysis
  • Symmetry detection and applications
  • Processing of animated geometry from real-time 3D scanners
  • Rendering, editing, and analysis of large geometric and spatial data sets

Our research is located at the intersection of computer vision and graphics. If it should be summarized in a single phrase, we work on "shape understanding".


  • Best PhD thesis in computer science 2004, University of Tübingen, Department of Computer Science and Cognitive Sciences.
  • Nomination for the GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik) annual PhD award in computer science.
  • Best student paper award, EUROGRAPHICS 2002.
  • Best diploma thesis in computer science 2000, University of Paderborn, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.


Dr. Michael Wand

Dr. Michael Wand

Saarland University
Cluster of Excellence
Multimodal Computing and Interaction

Campus E1 4, Room 208
66123 Saarbrücken

Fon: +49 681 9325 4008



Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken Computer Science Department, Saarland University Saarland University International Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication Cluster of Excellence