Duringthe week of 2-6 June 2008, the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University) hosted and cosponsored a five day Stony Brook Modeling Week 2008. Stony Brook Modeling Week 2008 featured: 1) the ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium (2-4 June 2008) and 2) the IEEE International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications (4-6 June 2008).
The first conference, ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium 2008 (SPM '08), was cosponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH. Since 1991, this highly successful conference series has been a primary venue for disseminating research results and exchanging new ideas in geometric and solid modeling, physical modeling, geometric design, analysis, simulation and processing, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, shape computing and visualization, and various applications such as emerging biomedical, geophysical, digital entertainment, and other relevant areas. The SPM '08 program cochairs were Bruno Levy, Dinesh Manocha, and Hiromasa Suzuki. Among 79 submitted papers, 25 full papers and 18 short papers were selected for the SPM '08 conference proceedings after a thorough review process by members of the SPM '08 international program committee and external reviewers.
The second conference, the International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications 2008 (SMI '08) was cosponsored by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (IEEE VGTC). Started in 1997, SMI provides an international forum for the dissemination of new mathematical theories and novel computational techniques for modeling, simulating, and processing digital representations of shapes and their properties to a diverse community of researchers, developers, practitioners, and students in academia and industry across a wide range of fields. The SMI '08 program cochairs were Michela Spagnuolo, Daniel Cohen-Or, and Xianfeng David Gu. Among 52 submitted papers, 24 full papers and 10 short papers were selected for the SMI '08 conference proceedings after a thorough review process by members of the SMI '08 international program committee and external reviewers.
This special section on Shape, Solid, and Physical Modeling features improved and extended versions of six selected papers (three from SPM '08 and three from SMI '08) that were recommended by the SPM '08 and SMI '08 program cochairs, respectively. Each paper included in this special section has at least 30 percent new content beyond its earlier conference version published in the conference proceedings, and each paper has undergone a regular IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG) review cycle. Each paper was reviewed by at least three reviewers (note that most papers were reviewed by four or five reviewers), who are different from those reviewers that refereed the conference version.
Recommended by TVCG's Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Ertl, and also suggested and concurred with by all six program cochairs (three for SPM '08 and three for SMI '08), I served as the guest editor for this special section by making review assignments, administering the entire review process, and making final recommendations on five manuscripts out of six selected papers recommended by the SPM '08 or SMI '08 program cochairs. The paper coauthored by Li et al. was separately handled by TVCG's Associate Editor-in-Chief, Ming C. Lin, and, hence, I was completely blind to the entire review process of the paper by Li et al. This special section showcases the large variety of research topics that are relevant to Shape, Solid, and Physical Modeling and their applications at SPM '08 an SMI '08.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Bruno Levy, Dinesh Manocha, Hiromasa Suzuki, Michela Spagnuolo, Daniel Cohen-Or, and Xianfeng David Gu, Thomas Ertl, Ming C. Lin, and all the reviewers of the revised paper contributions. On behalf of the SPM '08 and SMI '08 program cochairs, I hope that TVCG readers will enjoy this special section and generate more interest in the other papers presented at SPM '08 and SMI '08. Finally, my thanks go to members of international program committees and external reviewers throughout the world and colleagues and friends at Stony Brook University who have had contributed in various ways to the success of Stony Brook Modeling Week 2008.
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received the BS and MS degrees in computer science from Peking University. He received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Toronto. He is a professor of computer science in the Department of Computer Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University). He was a recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the Honda Initiation Award, and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Currently, he is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
), The Visual Computer
, and the Journal of Computer Science & Technology
. In 2008, he served as the conference chair for the ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium and the IEEE International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications. His research interests include geometric and solid modeling, graphics, physics-based modeling and simulation, computer-aided geometric design, human-computer interaction, visualization, and scientific computing. For more details, please visit http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/~qin