Norman Ettrich received his diploma in geophysics in 1993 from the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, and a Ph.D. in geophysics (1997) from the University of Hamburg. In 1998-2002, he worked at the research center of Statoil, Trondheim. In 2002, he joined the Fraunhofer Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Since 2005, he has been contributing to building up research activities in the fields of seismic migration, processing and visualisation. His key interests are seismic migration, seismic processing, ray tracing, and anisotropy. He is a member of EAGE and SEG.
Tobias Götz received his diploma in computer science in 2008 from the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen where he studied law, business, media sciences and computer science. During his studies he focused on computer graphics and 3d (medical) imaging as well as simulations. In 2008, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) where he is contributing to the seismic
processing suite Pre-Stack PRO. His key interests include high-performance computing, parallel algorithms, visualization or large data and 3d graphics as well as all aspects of usability and human-machine interactions.
Dirk Merten studied physics and mathematics at the University of Bonn and received his doctorate in physics in 2002 from the Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik of the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2003 he has been Scientist at the Competence Center for High Performance Computing and Visualization at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik, Kaiserslautern. His current interests are parallel computing in the field of seismic migration and seismic ray tracing.
Franz-Josef Pfreundt studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science resulting in a Diploma in Mathematics and a Ph.D degree in Mathematical Physics (1986). From 1986-1995 he had a permanent position at the University of Kaiserslautern as Head of the Research Group for Industrial Mathematics.In 1995 he became Department Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics - ITWM. His research topics are: Fluid dynamics, porous media, image analysis and parallel computing. Since 1999 he is Divison Director at Fraunhofer ITWM and Head of the "Competence Center for HPC and Visualization". In 2001 the prestigious Fraunhofer Research Prize was awarded to Franz-Josef Pfreundt, Konrad Steiner and their research group for their work on microstructure simulation. He was PI for a variety of parallel computing BMBF projects including the development and parallelization of scientific simulation codes and image analysis. He founded the Fraunhofer Resource Grid in 2001. The CC HPC has been working since 1998 in the field of interactive parallel visualization concepts and tools to manage very large data. The developments in the area of visualisation and implementation on IBM Cell Processor gained the Fraunhofer Award in 2005 and the IBM faculty award in 2006.
Mirko Rahn studied Computer Science and Logics resulting in a Diploma and received a Ph.D. in theoretical Computer Science (2008) from the University of Karlsruhe. In 2009 he joined the Fraunhofer Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He works on new concepts and tools to manage and process very large data sets, especially data sets from the seismic domain. His key interest are high performance parallel processing, compiler and language technology and workflow management.