Arie Kaufman
Arie Kaufman
Distinguished Professor and CEWIT Chief Scientist

Department of Computer Science
Room 152 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2424

(631) 632-8441
ari [at]
Computer Graphics, Visualization, Virtual Reality, User Interfaces, Multimedia, Computer Architecture

Arie E. Kaufman is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department, the Director of the Center of Visual Computing (CVC), the Chief Scientist of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) , and a Distinguished Professor of Radiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. (SBU). He joined the faculty at SBU in 1985 and was appointed Chair in 1999. He also held posts at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, Florida International University, Ben-Gurion University, and Columbia University.


Kaufman has conducted research for over 40 years in visualization, graphics, virtual reality, user interfaces, multimedia, and their applications, especially in biomedicine. He has published extensively totaling in excess of 300 refereed papers, books, and book chapters, more than 250 conference presentations and non-refereed manuscripts, and has been awarded/filed more than 40 patents, most of which have been licensed. He has been a principal/co-principal investigator on more than 100 research grants. His work has been featured in numerous media communications, including Science, New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, PC Week, Good Morning America, Fox TV and Newsday.

Kaufman has made significant research breakthroughs and cutting-edge inventions, including:

  1. Developing 3D Virtual Colonoscopy, a technique for colon cancer screening that has been licensed, FDA approved, commercialized, and has already saved thousands of lives.
  2. Developing the Cube hardware architectures for real-time volume rendering, which were licensed and commercialized as the VolumePro PC Board, enabling 3D medical imaging on PCs.
  3. Developing real-time simulation and visualization of flow, especially for airborne dispersion in rural and urban environments, supporting battlefield training and homeland security. Pioneering the use of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and GPU-clusters, especially for accelerating simulation and visualization of flow.
  4. Developing the Reality Deck, a 1.5 Billion-pixel immersive display which is the largest resolution immersive visualization facility ever built, enabling visual analytics of big data.
  5. Leading and pioneering the area and technologies of Volume Visualization, enabling the interactive display of 3D data. Compiling the first manuscript on Volume Visualization (1991).
  6. Developing comprehensive volume visualization software, VolVis, with an installed base of over 5,000. It has been licensed and formed the basis for many of the state-of-the-art volume visualization software.
  7. Pioneering the area and technologies of Volume Graphics, which were licensed and used in one of the first flight simulators.
Kaufman is a recipient of the 2013 Long Island Technology Hall of Fame Inductee; Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2017); Fellow, (ACM) Association for Computing Machinery 2009; State of New York Innovative Research Award, 2005; IEEE Visualization Career Award, 2005; IEEE Long Island Section's Harold Wheeler Award, 2004; member of the European Academy of Sciences 2002; Fellow, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), 1998; and the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 1995-1998.
Teaching Summary
CSE 566, CSE 328, CSE 332, CSE 523, CSE 524, CSE528, CSE 564, CSE 600, CSE 664, CSE 684