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Michael Gervautz

Director, Business Development

Michael Gervautz is a director of business development at Qualcomm. In this role, Gervautz is responsible for building up an augmented reality developer network and managing relationships with the universities participating in, and contributing to, Qualcomm’s augmented reality initiatives.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Gervautz was founder and managing director of Imagination Computer Services GesmbH (ICS), where he raised the company from a university start-up to a respected global player in the field of virtual and augmented reality. Gervautz also previously served as a managing director at Magitech GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICS.

Before ICS, Gervautz was an educator in the Institute for Computer Graphics at Vienna University of Technology, where he began as an assistant professor and moved up the ranks to fully tenured faculty member. In addition to performing research in the fields of computer graphics, multimedia, virtual and augmented reality, Gervautz taught courses such as Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Realistic Image Synthesis. Today, Gervautz is still an external senior lecturer at the university.

Gervautz has contributed or penned an estimated 60 scientific publications and has led or participated in more than 30 scientific projects funded by the City of Vienna, the Austrian Government, the National Science Funds or the European Community. He was the chairperson of the Eurographics Working Group on Virtual Environments. He served as member of various program committees including, Eurographics Symposium and Workshop on Multimedia: Eurographics Workshop on Multimedia, Eurographics, and Austrographics.

Gervautz studied Computer Science at the University of Technology Vienna where he earned his Master’s Degree and subsequently his PhD, after penning his doctoral thesis "Improvements of the Ray-tracing Algorithm." He later earned his Habilitation for “Practical Informatics” by defending his second level thesis (Habilitationsschrift) “On realistic Image Synthesis and Display.”