Pieter Peers is currently an associate professor at the Computer Science Department at the College of William & Mary. Before his appointment at the College of William & Mary, Pieter was a senior researcher at the Graphics Laboratory at the University of Southern California's (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), and he was a Research Assistant Professor at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. Prior to this, he was a research assistant in the Computer Graphics Research Group at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium), where he also earned a BS/MS degree in Computer Science in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in August 2006.
Pieter's Ph.D. thesis, under the supervision of Professor Philip Dutré, focused on data-driven computer graphics, in particular on image-based relighting. Since graduating, Pieter has gradually expanded his research to comprise a wider range of topics such as appearance modeling in general, facial appearance acquisition, facial and full-body performance capture, and editing of data-driven appearance data-sets. A common theme in his research is the use of active illumination to model the appearance of real subjects.