Brief biography

Roger Hubbold retired at the end of January 2010. Prior to this he was Professor of Virtual Environments in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He was awarded a First Class degree in Engineering in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics in 1971, both at the University of Leicester, UK. He has been involved in computer graphics since 1967, in universities and in industry, and from 1974 until 1987 was the first Director of the University of Manchester Computer Graphics Unit (CGU).


In the CGU (subsequently the Manchester Visualisation Centre) he was actively involved in the design and development of early device-independent graphics systems (GINO-F and GINO-M) and early developments on computer graphics standards leading to GKS and PHIGS. His research on high-performance 3D graphics and user interfaces was supported by grants from the UK's Science and Engineering Research Council, the Universities' Computer Board, and industry (Simex and Digital Equipment Corporation).

In 1985 he moved to the Department of Computer Science at Manchester to concentrate on longer-term research in graphics and visualisation. From 1990 until 1996 he was Associate Director of the Centre for Novel Computing (CNC), where his research focused on the use of a novel virtual shared-memory parallel computer (a 64-processor Kendall Square Research KSR-1) for image synthesis and scientific visualisation.

In 1991 he was one of the founders of the Advanced Interfaces Group, which is researching software systems and applications of novel 3D interfaces, including virtual environments. Until his retirement he was the Research Group Leader for this group. You can find a description of the group's research via the AIG home page.

He has published and lectured extensively in the USA, Japan, Australia and throughout Europe on interactive computer graphics and visualisation, and is co-author of a leading text book on the PHIGS and PHIGS PLUS graphics standards. He is a Fellow of the European Association for Computer Graphics, holding positions as Chair of its Conference Board, Vice-Chair, and then Chair of the Association for two years in 1989–90. He was also an Affiliate Member of IEEE and ACM until 2010.