Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson

Professor Emeritus, Computer Science


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1966

Research interests

My interests include:

interactive graphics

interfaces for mathematical intuition

shape modeling

machine vision

probability-based intelligent systems

scientific visualization

Professional Experience

  • Institute for Advanced Study
  • Cornell University
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • (Silicon Valley software development)
  • SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center


  • 1979 Runner-Up: Gravity Research Foundation Prize

Representative publications

Visualizing Quaternions (2006)
Andrew J. Hanson
Morgan-Kaufmann Books. 498

Multitouching the Fourth Dimension (2012)
Xiaoqi Yan, Chi-Wing Fu, and Andrew J. Hanson
IEEE Computer, 45 80-88

Constrained 3D navigation with 2D controllers (1997)
Andrew J Hanson and Eric A Wernert
IEEE. 175-182

Computational strategies for object recognition (1992)
Paul Suetens, Pascal Fua and Andrew J Hanson
ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), 24 (1), May-62

Hyperquadrics: smoothly deformable shapes with convex polyhedral bounds (1988)
Andrew J Hanson
Computer vision, graphics, and image processing, 44 (2), 191-210

Gravitation, gauge theories and differential geometry (1980)
Tohru Eguchi, Peter B Gilkey and Andrew J Hanson
North-Holland. 66 (6), 213-393

Asymptotically Flat Self-dual solutions to Euclidean gravity (1978)
Tohru Eguchi and Andrew J. Hanson
Physics Letters B, 74 249--251

Self-dual solutions to Euclidean gravity (1979)
Tohru Eguchi and Andrew J Hanson
Annals of Physics, 120 (1), 82-106

A construction for computer visualization of certain complex curves (1994)
Andrew J Hanson
Notices of the Amer. Math. Soc, 41 (9), 1156-1163

Constrained hamiltonian systems (1976)
Andrew Hanson, Tullio Regge and Claudio Teitelboim
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

The relativistic spherical top (1974)
Andrew J Hanson and Tullio Regge
Annals of Physics, 87 (2), 498-566

New approach to field theory (1973)
S Fubini, Andrew J Hanson and R Jackiw
Physical Review D, 7 (6), 1732

Study of the longitudinal kink modes of the string (1976)
William A Bardeen, Itzhak Bars, Andrew J Hanson and RD Peccei
Physical Review D, 13 (8), 2364

Quarks at the Ends of the String (1975)
Itzhak Bars and Andrew J Hanson
SLAC. 1--48

Visualizing Large-Scale Uncertainty in Astrophysical Data (2007)
Hongwei Li, Chi-Wing Fu, Yinggang Li and Andrew J Hanson
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 13 (6), 1640-1647

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Drake, P. D. The Origins of Number: A Computational Account (July 2002) Gasser, M. (Co-Chair), Mix, K., Hanson, A. (Co-Chair), Busey, T.
Lee, Young Lim Metric Shape Can Be Perceived Accurately And Used Both For Object Recognition and Visually Guided Action (September 2009) Bingham, G. (Co-Chair), Busey, T., James, T. (Co-Chair), Hanson, A (Co-Chair).