• R.W.H. Lau is with the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
• G. Baciu is with the Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
• H.-P. Seidel is with the Max-Planck-Institut Informatik, Stuhlsatzenhausweg 85, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rynson W.H. Lau received a (top) first class honors degree in 1988 from the University of Kent, England, and the PhD degree in 1992 from the University of Cambridge, England. He is currently an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the university in 1998, he taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality and multimedia systems. He serves on the editorial board of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds. He was the guest editor of a number of special issues, including IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications on Web graphics, Presence on advances in collaborative virtual environments, and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia on distributed media technologies and applications. He has also served in a number of conferences, including program cochair of ACM VRST 2004 and conference cochair of ACM VRST 2005 and CASA 2005.
George Baciu received degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and the PhD degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a professor in the Department of Computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been a member of the Waterloo Computer Graphics Lab and the Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence group. Dr. Baciu is the founding director of the Graphics and Multimedia Applications (GAMA) Laboratory at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His group performs research in 3D motion capture analysis, animation, collision detection, deformable objects, and geometric modeling. He has published extensively and has served as chair of international conference committees such as the Game Technology Conference (GTEC), Pacific Graphics, Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), Eurographics, Computer Graphics International, CAD/Graphics, and Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA). His research interests include high-performance collision detection, motion synthesis, dynamics of large scale deformable surfaces for virtual clothing, geometric modeling, and scalable microsurface reconstruction. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.
Hans-Peter Seidel is the scientific director and chair of the Computer Graphics Group at the Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) Informatik and a professor of computer science at the University of Saarbrucken, Germany. The Saarbrucken computer graphics group was established in 1999 and currently consists of about 35 researchers. He has published approximately 200 technical papers in the field and has lectured widely on these topics. He has received grants from a wide range of organizations, including the German National Science Foundation (DFG), the European Community (EU), NATO, and the German-Israel Foundation (GIF). In 2003, he was awarded the "Leibniz Preis," the most prestigious German research award, from the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is the first computer graphics researcher to receive this award. In 2004, he was selected as the founding chair of the Eurographics Awards Programme.