Guest Editors' Introduction: Special Section on the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality and Software Technology (VRST 2009)
D. Thalmann is with the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI), Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive, Research Techno Plaza, XFrontiers Block, Level 03-01, Singapore 637553.
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Daniel Thalmann received the PhD degree in computer science in 1977 from the University of Geneva and an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the University Paul-Sabatier in Toulouse, France, in 2003. He is with the Institute for Media Innovation at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is a pioneer in research on virtual humans. His current research interests include real-time virtual humans in virtual reality, crowd simulation, and 3D interaction. He was the founder of The Virtual Reality Lab (VRlab) at EPFL, Switzerland, a professor at The University of Montreal and a visiting professor/researcher at CERN, the University of Nebraska, the University of Tokyo, and the National University of Singapore. Until October 2010, he was the president of the Swiss Association of Research in Information Technology and a director of the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, and a member of the editorial board of six other journals. He was a member of numerous program committees and a program chair and cochair of several conferences, including IEEE VR, ACM VRST, and ACM VRCAI. He has also organized five courses at ACM SIGGRAPH on human animation and crowd simulation. He has published more than 500 papers in graphics, animation, and virtual reality. He is coeditor of 30 books and coauthor of several books, including Crowd Simulation and Stepping Into Virtual Reality (2007, Springer). He also received the Eurographics Distinguisehed Career Award in 2010
Benjamin Lok received the PhD degree (2002, advisor: Dr. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.) and the MS degree (1999) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the BS degree in computer science (1997) from the University of Tulsa. He did a postdoctorate fellowship (2003) under Dr. Larry F. Hodges at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is an associate professor in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department at the University of Florida (UF). He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Surgery Department at the Medical College of Georgia. His research focuses on virtual humans and mixed reality in the areas of computer graphics, virtual environments, and human-computer interaction. He received a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2007-2012) and the UF ACM CISE Teacher of the Year Award in 2005-2006. He and his students in the Virtual Experiences Research Group have received Best Paper Awards at ACM I3D (Top 3, 2003) and IEEE VR (2008). His work is primarily supported by the NSF and US National Institutes of Health. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference and he was a program cochair of the ACM VRST 2009 and IEEE Virtual Reality 2010 conferences, and area chair for IEEE ISMAR 2009. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation.