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Editor's Note


Pages: pp. 417-419

The IEEE Computer Society's policy limits the terms of the members of its Editorial Board. This allows new people and expertise to come in and benefits the growth and vitality of the journal. Such a major rotation within TVCG's Editorial Board took place during the first few months of 2007 with 10 Associate Editors stepping down and new ones taking over.

On behalf of the IEEE Computer Society and TVCG's Editorial Board, I would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the retiring Associate Editors Julie Dorsey, Ron Fedkiw, Michael Gleicher, Eduard Gröller, Charles Hansen, Ken Joy, David Kao, David Laidlaw, Anselmo Lastra, and Chris Shaw. Especially, and also on behalf of the former Editor-in-Chief, David Ebert, we are extremely grateful to Chuck Hansen for his great service as Associate Editor-in-Chief for the last three years.

At the same time it is my pleasure to announce the two new TVCG Associate Editors-in-Chief: Ming Lin and Baining Guo. They have both been on the Editorial Board for more than two years and their service to the journal has already been remarkable. I am looking forward to their support in further improving the quality and timeliness of TVCG. Furthermore, I am happy to introduce Min Chen, Kwan-Liu Ma, Torsten Möller, Penny Rheingans, Han-Wei Shen, and Philipp Slusallek, who have recently joined TVCG as Associate Editors. Below are biographical sketches listing their accomplishments and areas of expertise. The Editorial Board is pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals to their new role.

Thomas Ertl Editor-in-Chief

About the Authors

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Baining Guo received the BS degree from Beijing University and the MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Asia, where he is the head of the Graphics Group. Before joining Microsoft Research, he was a senior staff researcher in the Microcomputer Research Labs at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. His research interests are mainly in the modeling and rendering areas of computer graphics and visualization. He serves as a member of the international program committees of many graphics conferences, including ACM SIGGRAPH and IEEE Visualization. He holds more than 40 granted and pending US patents.
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Ming C. Lin received the PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a full professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She has received several honors and awards, including the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Faculty Career Award in 1995, the Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, the UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award in 1999, the UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements in 2003, and five best paper awards from international conferences on computer graphics and virtual reality. Her research interests include physically-based modeling, haptics, real-time 3D graphics for virtual environments, robotics, and geometric computing. She has (co)authored more than 160 refereed publications, coedited the book Applied Computation Geometry (Springer-Verlag), and coauthored a new synthesis book, High-Fidelity Haptic Rendering (Morgan-Claypool). She has served as a program committee member for more than 60 leading conferences on virtual reality, computer graphics, robotics, haptics, and computational geometry. She is the general chair and program chair of more than 15 conferences and workshops. She is a member of four editorial boards and a guest editor of nine special issues of scientific journals and magazines. She has also served on steering committees and advisory boards of international conferences, as well as technical advisory committees constituted by government organizations and industry.
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Min Chen received the BSc degree in computer science from Fudan University in 1982 and the PhD degree from the University of Wales in 1991. He is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science, the University of Wales Swansea. In 1990, he took up a lectureship in Swansea. He became a senior lecturer in 1998, and was awarded a personal chair (professorship) in 2001. His main research interests include visualization, computer graphics, and interactive computing. He has published more than 90 refereed research papers, including his recent contributions in the areas of volume graphics and video visualization. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society and a member of the IEEE, Eurographics, and ACM SIGGRAPH.
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Kwan-Liu Ma received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Utah in 1993. He is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, and director of the DOE SciDAC Institute for Ultra-Scale Visualization. His research spans the fields of visualization, computer graphics, and high-performance computing. From 1993-1999, he was with ICASE/NASA LaRC as a research scientist. In 1999, he joined UC Davis. In the following year, Professor Ma received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his work in large data visualization. He actively serves the research community by playing a leading role in several professional meetings, including the 2005 US National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Cyber Security, the SC06 Workshop on Ultra-Scale Visualization, and the 2007 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Visualization. Presently, he also serves on the editorial board of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.
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Torsten Möller received the Vordiplom (BSc) degree in mathematical computer science from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and the PhD degree in computer and information science from Ohio State University in 1999. He is an associate professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the fields of visualization and computer graphics, especially the mathematical foundations thereof. His main focus is currently on tools for optimal sampling lattices (acquisition, interpolation, and multiresolution) as well as the exploration of high-dimensional continuous data. The main application areas are functional medical imaging as well as simulation tools for computational science. He is the codirector of the Graphics, Usability, and Visualization Lab and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Centre for Scientific Computing at Simon Fraser University. He has been appointed vice chair for publications of the IEEE Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics. He is currently on sabbatical at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, Eurographics, and CIPS. He has served on a number of program committees (including the Eurographics and IEEE Visualization Conferences) and has been papers cochair for the 2003 Graphics Interface (GI) Conference, as well as for the 2006 Workshop on Volume Graphics (VG '06). He is currently serving as general cochair for the 2007 Symposium on Volume Graphics (VG '07) as well as the paper cochair for the 2007 Eurographics/IEEE VGTC Symposium on Visualization (EuroVis '07).
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Penny Rheingans received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the AB degree in computer science from Harvard University. She is an associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her current research interests include the visualization of data with associated uncertainty, multivariate visualization, volume rendering, information visualization, perceptual and illustration issues in visualization, nonphotorealistic rendering, dynamic and interactive representations and interfaces, and the experimental validation of visualization techniques. Dr. Rheingans has more than 40 published works in such publications as the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Proceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference, Proceedings of Eurovis, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and the SIGGRAPH Film Show, as well as included chapters of various books. Most recently, she coauthored the NIH/US National Science Foundation (NSF) Visualization Research Challenges report, published in 2006 by the IEEE.
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Han-Wei Shen received the BS degree from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan University in 1988, the MS degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1992, and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Utah in 1998. From 1996 to 1999, he was a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is currently an associate professor at The Ohio State University. His primary research interests are scientific visualization and computer graphics. Professor Shen has served on the program committees for various graphics and visualization conferences such as IEEE Visualization, the Eurographics Symposium on Visualization, Pacific Graphics, and the Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization. He is a winner of the US Department of Energy's Early Career Principal Investigator Award and the US National Science Foundation's CAREER award. He also won an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University.
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Philipp Slusallek received the Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in computer science from Erlangen University, Germany. He is a full professor of computer graphics at Saarland University and founding speaker of the Competence Center for Computer Science of the university. Before joining Saarland University in 1999, he was a visiting assistant professor of computer graphics at Stanford University. Dr. Slusallek has done pioneering work in the area of real-time ray tracing (OpenRT), high-performance graphics hardware for ray tracing (SaarCOR and RPU), real-time lighting simulation, massive model visualization, and network-integrated multimedia applications (NMM). Other research topics include scientific and medical visualization as well as virtual and augmented reality. He has coauthored more than 100 publications and two patents in the context of computer graphics and digital media. Dr. Slusallek has served on the program committees of many international conferences, including EUROGRAPHICS, Graphics Hardware, the EG Rendering Symposium, the Symposium on Interactive Ray Tracing, Parallel Graphics and Visualization, and cochaired some of these events. He cofounded the spin-off companies inTrace (2003, recipient of the 2005 IST innovation award of the European Union) and Motama (2005) and serves as a scientific adviser to them.
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