Brian Summa

Associate Professor

(504) 865-5782
School of Science & Engineering

Dr. Summa's Website



308 Paul Hall

Courses Taught

CMPS 3350/6350 – Intro to Computer Graphics

CMPS 3360/6360 – Data Visualization

CMPS 3660/6660 – Image Processing

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., 2013, University of Utah


Brian Summa is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Tulane University. His research interests are in large data processing, analysis, and interaction for data visualization and computer graphics applications. His work has supported the creation of deployable, large data processing software that scales from mobile devices to supercomputers. His research in visualization is highly interdisciplinary and has allowed him to work closely with researchers in a variety of disciplines such as geology, physics, and neurobiology.

Research Interests

Large data processing, scientific visualization, computer graphics, scalable algorithms, large data file formats, stream processing, progressive processing, interactive techniques, digital photography, medical data, scientific data, image processing, computational topology for data analysis, high performance computing, energy minimization, and energy approximations.


[J-1] Brian Summa, Amy Ashurst Gooch, Giorgio Scorzelli, Valerio Pascucci. 2015. Paint and Click: Unified Interactions for Image Boundaries. to appear, Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics 2015).

[J-2] Sujin Philip, Brian Summa, Julien Tierny, Peer-Timo Bremer and Valerio Pascucci. 2014. Distributed Seams for Gigapixel Panoramas. to appear, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

[J-3] Atul Runga, Brian Summa, Dogan Demir, Peer-Timo Bremer, Valerio Pascucci. 2013. ManyVis: Multiple Applications in an Integrated Visualization Environment. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19, 12 (Dec. 2013), 2878-2885. (IEEE Visualization 2013)

[J-4] Brian Summa, Julien Tierny and Valerio Pascucci. 2012. Panorama Weaving: Fast and Flexible Seam Processing. ACM Transactions on Graphics 31, 4 (July 2012), 83:1-83:11. (ACM SIGGRAPH 2012)

[J-5] Bei Wang, Brian Summa, Valerio Pascucci, and Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson. 2011. Branching and Circular Features in High Dimensional Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 17, 12 (December 2011), 1902-1911. (IEEE Visualization 2011)

[J-6] Brian Summa, Giorgio Scorzelli, M, Jiang, Peer-Timo Bremer, and Valerio Pascucci. 2011. Interactive Editing of Massive Imagery Made Simple: Turning Atlanta into Atlantis. ACM Transactions on Graphics 30, (April 2011) 2, 7:1-7:13. (ACM SIGGRAPH 2011)

[J-7] Huy T. Vo, Daniel K. Osmari, Brian Summa, Joao Comba, Valerio Pascucci and Claudio Silva. 2010. Streaming-Enabled Parallel Dataflow Architecture for Multi-core Systems. . Computer Graphics Forum 29, (June 2010) 3, 1073-1082. (EuroVis 2010)