Since 1999 Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Ertl is a Professor of Computer Science at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) und since 2007 he leads the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS). He is a member of the boards of the Cluster of Excellence EXC 310 „Simulation Technology“, the Collaborative Research Centers SFB 716 „Dynamic Simulation with large Particle Numbers“ and SFB/TRR 161 „Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing“ as well as a member of the DFG Review Board for Computer Science. He is also a member of the Research Council of the University of Stuttgart and he served as Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.