Benjamin Hopfer, Data Visualization Developer in Saint Paul's Bay, Malta
Benjamin Hopfer

Data Visualization Developer in Saint Paul's Bay, Malta

Member since November 22, 2013
Benjamin is an algorithmic problem solver with a strong background in C# and C++. His university education emphasized computer graphics and computer vision. He is looking to strengthen his presence in other areas, especially ASP.NET and Android development.
Benjamin is now available for hire




Saint Paul's Bay, Malta



Preferred Environment

Windows 10, Visual Studio, VSCode, Git

The most amazing...

...honor I've received is the the best thesis award for my master's thesis on processing and visualizing computational fluid dynamics results.


  • Software Developer and Tester (Life Insurance Calculator)

    2008 - 2014
    Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung AG
    • Developed a new calculation core for life insurances in C# .NET.
    • Allowed the core to calculate all life insurance products and contract changes of the company and its foreign subsidiaries (~1000 products). Implemented a solid software design that included all products without duplicating code.
    • Replaced three other existing calculation cores with our new one.
    • Created a testing framework (both GUI and MSTest accessible) to ensure consistent quality of the core.
    • Supported another team within the company with their software design for a similar calculation core.
    Technologies: C# .NET, SQL, SQL CE, XML, ASP.NET, VPMS, Excel/VBA, TFS
  • Scientific Software Researcher

    2010 - 2012
    VIRTUAL VEHICLE Reserach Center, Graz
    • Implemented 3D data processing and visualization of computational fluid dynamics results with C++ and VTK for my diploma thesis.
    • Created a novel algorithm for understanding and visualizing large air flow data sets.
    • Developed an evaluation framework to compare my algorithm with existing solutions and aid in the selection of the best algorithm.
    • Typeset my thesis in LaTex, using a highly customized style to achieve high typographic detail and quality.
    • Received the Best Thesis Award by the "Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD".
    Technologies: C++, VTK, ParaView, Qt, LaTeX
  • Junior Functional Tester

    2007 - 2008
    IBM SkillTeam at Fortis Bank (Brussels, Belgium)
    • Developed and executed software test scenarios for a major Global Markets banking application (J/Rates).
    • Was hired as a Junior Functional Tester due to my young age, but was very quickly assigned the same tasks as Senior Functional Testers.
    • Was ultimately responsible for testing the whole interest rate derivatives branch.
    • Performed unstructured exploratory testing before important releases as the only member of the team because of my strong analytical abilities.
    • Collected my first foreign job experience within an international environment.
    Technologies: IBM Rational Functional Tester, SQL, VBA
  • Software Developer and Tester

    2006 - 2007
    Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung
    • Tested and developed software for the company and its foreign subsidiaries.
    • Carried out these tasks part time next to my studies and learned proper time management skills. Used Tim Allen's "Getting Things Done" philosophy ever since.
    • Worked directly within the life insurance department and acquired know-how about efficient communication with "Non-IT" people.
    • Gained practical knowledge about the unique requirements of insurance and finance products.
    • Experienced working in the environment fostered by a large, conservative company.
    Technologies: VPMS, C# .NET, Excel/VBA, SQL, Pascal, XML



  • Languages

    C#, C++, SQL, Java, PHP
  • Frameworks

    Qt, .NET, Android SDK, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET
  • Libraries/APIs

    VTK, Windows Forms, PCL, jQuery
  • Tools

    Microsoft Visual Studio, CMake, Git, LaTeX, MSTest, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Android Studio
  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Object-oriented Design (OOD), Unit Testing, Functional Programming, Logic Programming
  • Platforms

    Windows, Android, Linux
  • Other

    Computer Vision, 3D, Computational Geometry, Software Development, Computer Graphics, Scientific Computing, Machine Learning, Data Visualization
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Management Studio, MSSQLCE, MySQL


  • Master's (with distinction) degree in Computer Science
    2008 - 2012
    Graz University of Technology - Graz, Austria
  • Bachelor's (with distinction) degree in Computer Science
    2004 - 2007
    Graz University of Technology - Graz, Austria

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