Charles D. Hansen

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Charles Hansen
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Alma mater Memphis State University
University of Utah
Known for Co-editor of The Visualization Handbook
Awards IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award (2005)
IEEE Fellow (2012)
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science, Graphics, Scientific visualization
Institutions Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of Utah
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
Thesis CAGD-based Computer Vision (1987)
Doctoral advisor Thomas C. Henderson

Charles "Chuck" D. Hansen is an American computer scientist at the University of Utah who works on scientific visualization. He is a Fellow of the IEEE[1] and Associate Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. He is currently associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Graphics.


Hanson received a BS in computer science from Memphis State University in 1981 and a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1987. From 1989 to 1997, he was a Technical Staff Member in the Advanced Computing Laboratory (ACL) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he formed and directed the visualization efforts.[2] He was a Bourse de Chateaubriand PostDoc Fellow at INRIA in Rocquencourt, France in 1987 and 1988. Since 1998, he has been a full professor in Computer Science at the University of Utah. He was a visiting scientist at INRIA-Rhône-Alpes in the GRAVIR group in 2004-2005 and a visiting professor at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble in 2011-2012. In 2005, he won the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award for his "seminal work on tools for understanding large-scale scientific data sets".[3] He was associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Graphics from 2003 to 2007, and again from 2014 to the present.[4] He was elected a IEEE Fellow in 2012.


  • Hansen, Charles D.; Johnson, Christopher R., eds. (2005). The Visualization Handbook. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-12-387582-2.
  • Bethel, E. Wes; Childs, Hank; Hansen, Charles, eds. (2013). High Performance Visualization: Enabling Extreme-Scale Scientific Insight. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 9781439875728.
  • Hansen, Charles; Chen, Min; Johnson, Christopher; Kaufman, Arie; Hagen, Hans, eds. (2014). Scientific Visualization: Uncertainty, Multifield, Biomedical, and Scalable Visualization. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-1-4471-6497-5.


  1. ^ "81 IEEE-CS Members Elevated to Fellow". IEEE Fellows. IEEE Computer Society. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Keynote Speakers". IEEE Pacific Visualization 2013. University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  3. ^ Galli, Nathan. "Chuck Hansen Receives IEEE 2005 Visualization Technical Achievement Award". Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ Ebert, D. S. (1 January 2004). "Editor's note". IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 10 (1): 1–1. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2004.1260753. ISSN 1077-2626. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
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