Gordon Kindlmann

Gordon L. Kindlmann is an American computer scientist who works on information visualization and image analysis.[1] He is recognized for his contributions in developing tools for tensor data visualization.

Gordon Kindlmann
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materCornell University
University of Utah
Known forTensor glyph
Teem software library
Diderot DSL
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science, information visualization
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
Harvard Medical School
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
University of Chicago
ThesisVisualization and Analysis of Diffusion Tensor Fields (2004)
Doctoral advisorChristopher R. Johnson


Gordon Kindlmann graduated from Cornell University with a BA in mathematics in 1995 and a MS in computer graphics in 1998. He then attended the University of Utah for his PhD, where he worked at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute under Christopher R. Johnson and graduated in 2004. While at Utah, he developed a set of methods for visualizing volumetric data interactively using multidimensional transfer functions, which were each cited over 500 times.[2][3][4]

Following his PhD, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, where he developed the tensor glyph, a scientific visualization tool for visualizing the degrees of freedom of a .[5] His work in diffusion tensor MRI visualization was included in a chapter of The Visualization Handbook.[6] He joined the computer science faculty at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in 2009.

In 2013, Kindlmann appeared in Computer Chess, an independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Andrew Bujalski about a group of software engineers in 1980 who write programs to compete in computer chess.[7] The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, and subsequently screened at SXSW and the Maryland Film Festival.


  1. "Gordon Kindlmann". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. Kniss, Joe; Kindlmann, Gordon; Hansen, Charles (1 January 2002). "Multidimensional transfer functions for interactive volume rendering". IEEE Transactions on visualization and computer graphics. pp. 270–285. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. Kindlmann, Gordon; Durkin, James W. (1 January 1998). "Semi-automatic generation of transfer functions for direct volume rendering". Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE symposium on Volume visualization. ACM. pp. 79–86. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. Kniss, Joe; Kindlmann, Gordon; Hansen, Charles (1 January 2001). "Interactive volume rendering using multi-dimensional transfer functions and direct manipulation widgets". Proceedings of the Conference on Visualization'01. IEEE Computer Society. pp. 255–262. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. "Gordon Kindlmann". Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging. Harvard Medical School. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  6. Kniss, J; Kindlmann, G; Hansen, C (2005). "9". In Johnson, C; Hansen, C (eds.). The Visualization Handbook. Elsevier. pp. 189–209.
  7. "Computer Chess". IMDb. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
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