Wolfgang Stuerzlinger

Associate Member, Computing Science



  • Dipl.-Ing., Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology
  • Dr. techn., Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology
  • Dr. habil., Computer Science, Johannes Kepler University Linz


Wolfgang Stuerzlinger has been programming computers since the age of 14. He graduated with a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Technical University in Vienna, Austria in 1993 and worked at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz until 1998. At that time, his research interests focused on various areas of computer graphics, distributed, and high-performance systems. Wolfgang then served on the faculty at York University and remains an adjunct in the Centre of Vision Research at York.

Since 2014, Wolfgang is at Simon Fraser University where he is the director of the VVISE lab. His works aims to find innovative solutions for real-world problems and is often inter-disciplinary. Current research projects include better interaction techniques for spatial applications, the characterization of the effects of 3D technology on human performance, an investigation of human error behaviors when interacting with unreliable technologies, user interfaces for versions and alternatives in visual analytics, and new virtual reality hardware and software. 

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger is a member of the GRAND NCE (Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence), where he also serves on the board of directors. Moreover, he is a member of two steering committees for scientific events (one of which he co-founded), has been program chair for seven scientific events, and has participated in more than 65 international program committees. He is a (co-)author of more than a dozen patents, published more than 100 refereed scientific papers, and has participated in multiple start-ups. He has supervised more than 40 graduate students to completion, many of which now work in leading positions around the world. Wolfgang loves to ski and enjoys spending time with his children, dancing, and martial arts.

Seeking Graduate Students

Wolfgang is looking for PhD/MSc students to work on new approaches for visual analytics, human-computer interaction, 3D and Spatial User Interfaces, and Virtual Reality.

Research Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Visual analytics
  • 3D and Spatial User Interfaces
  • Virtual Reality