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Julie Dorsey received undergraduate (BS, BArch) and graduate (MS, PhD) degrees from Cornell University. She is a professor of computer science at Yale University, where she teaches computer graphics. Before joining the Yale faculty, she was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include photorealistic image synthesis, material and texture models, illustration techniques, and interactive visualization of complex scenes. She has received several professional awards, including MIT's Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, a US National Science Foundation Career Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
Thomas Ertl received the master's degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the PhD degree in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Tuebingen. Currently, Dr. Ertl is a full professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and the head of the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute (VIS). His research interests include visualization, computer graphics, and human computer interaction in general, with a focus on volume rendering, flow visualization, multiresolution analysis, and parallel and hardware accelerated graphics for large data sets. Dr. Ertl is coauthor of more than 150 scientific publications and he has served on several program and paper committees as well as as a reviewer for numerous conferences and journals in the field.
Ron Fedkiw received the PhD degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1996 and did postdoctoral studies both at UCLA in mathematics and at Caltech in aeronautics before joining the Stanford Computer Science Department. He was awarded a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award (ONR YIP), a Robert N. Noyce Family Faculty Scholarship, two distinguished teaching awards, etc. Currently, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Scientific Computing and participates in the reviewing process of a number of journals and funding agencies. He has published approximately 40 research papers in computational physics, computer graphics and vision, as well as a new book on level set methods. For the past two years, he has been a consultant with Industrial Light + Magic.
Michael Gleicher received the PhD degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and received the BSE degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which he joined in 1998 to start a computer graphics group within the department. The overall goal of his research is to create tools that make it easier to create pictures, video, animation, and virtual environments; and to make these visual artifacts more interesting, entertaining, and informative. His current focus is on tools for character animation and for the automatic production of video. Prior to joining the university, Prof. Gleicher was a researcher at The Autodesk Vision Technology Center and at Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group.
Eduard Gröller received the PhD degree from the Vienna University of Technology in 1993. He is an associate professor at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms (ICGA), Vienna University of Technology. His research interests include computer graphics, flow visualization, and medical visualization. He heads the visualization group at ICGA. The group performs basic and applied research projects in the area of scientific visualization ( He is member of the IEEE Computer Society, ACM, GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik), and OCG (Austrian Computer Gesellschaft).
Charles Hansen received the BS degree in computer science from Memphis State University in 1981 and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Utah in 1987. He is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Utah. From 1997 to 1999, he was a research associate professor in computer science at Utah. From 1989 to 1997, he was a technical staff member in the Advanced Computing Laboratory (ACL) located at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he formed and directed the visualization efforts in the ACL. He was a Bourse de Chateaubriand PostDoc Fellow at INRIA, Rocquencourt, France, in 1987 and 1988. His research interests include large-scale scientific visualization and computer graphics.
Kenneth I. Joy received the BA (1968) and MA (1972) degrees in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and the PhD degree (1976) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis. He came to UC Davis in 1980 in the Department of Mathematics and was a founding member of the Computer Science Department in 1983. He is a faculty researcher in the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing at UC Davis, is a faculty member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and is a participating guest at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research and teaching areas are visualization, geometric modeling, and computer graphics. He currently leads research efforts in multiresolution representations of large scale data sets, vector field segmentation algorithms, applications and visualization algorithms to computer-aided design problems, and simplification of data sets resulting from terascale simulations. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and SIAM. He served as papers cochair and proceedings coeditor for the Visualization 2001 and 2002 Conferences. He has worked for a number of years in the computer industry and consults regularly on computer graphics, massive data visualization, and geometric modeling
David Kao is a research scientist with the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at NASA Ames Research Center, which he joined right after receiving the PhD degree in computer science from Arizona State University in 1991. Currently, he is the principal investigator of a grant proposal on developing visualization techniques for analyzing data from NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS). He is also a research advisor for the National Research Council and the subtopic manager for Small Business Innovation Research in data management and visualization. He was a keynote speaker for Image and Vision Computing New Zealand 2002 and has cochaired the IEEE Visualization Conference's Case Studies in 1999 and 2000. He has also served on the program committee for the IEEE Visualization Conference for the past few years and the International Conference on Information Visualization (held in the United Kingdom). His research interests include scientific visualization, information visualization, numerical flow visualization, and computer graphics.
David H. Laidlaw received the PhD degree in computer science from the California Institute of Technology, where he also did postdoctoral work in the Division of Biology. He is the Stephen Robert Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. His research centers around applications of visualization, modeling, computer graphics, and computer science to other scientific disciplines. Particular interests include visualization of multivalued multidimensional imaging data, comparisons of virtual and nonvirtual environments for scientific tasks, and applications of art and perceptual psychology to visualization. He has published widely in not only computer science venues but also in the medical, biological, and fluids venues.
Anselmo Lastra received the BSEE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Duke University. He is an associate professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are in the areas of image-based rendering and graphics hardware architectures.
Christopher D. Shaw received the PhD and MSc degrees in computing science from the University of Alberta in 1997 and 1988, respectively, and the Bmath degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 1986. He is a senior research scientist at the GVU Center in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in virtual reality (VR), and two-handed 3D user interfaces for scientific and information visualization and 3D CAD. Recently, he has been researching highly interactive techniques for bioinfomatics visualization. He has published more than 45 papers on these topics. He was panels chair for SIGGRAPH 2002, papers cochair for ACM VRST 2001, papers cochair for the ACM Workshop on New Paradigms in Information Visualization and Manipulation 1998, 1999, 2000, video show cochair for Graphics Interface in 1994, and treasurer for ACM VRST `96, He has been on program committees for the SIGGRAPH+Eurographics Hardware Workshop from 1989-2000, ACM UIST 1997, 1999, and 2000, SIGGRAPH Sketches 1998 and 2000, SPIE Visual Data Exploration and Analysis 1999-2003, ACM VRST 1999, 2000, 2002, Pacific Graphics 2000, 2001, Graphics Interface 2000 and 2003, and IEEE VR 2000-2003. He is co-architect of the MR Toolkit, VR software which is licensed by more than 600 research institutions worldwide.
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