NEW EUROGRAHICS FELLOWS 2015

During EUROGRAPHICS 2015 the Fellows of the Association made a proposal to the Executive Committee that new Fellows be elected. The proposal was accepted and the names of the new Fellow were announced at the General Assembly. The new Fellows are Jean-Michel Dischler, Enrico Gobbetti, Olga Sorkine-Hornung. The contributions which they have made to computer graphics and to EUROGRAPHICS are outlined below together with the reasons for their nomination. Congratulations to all three!

 

Jean-Michel Dischler

Jean-Michel Dischler holds the position of full Professor of Computer Science at Strasbourg University. After his PhD in Strasbourg in 1996, he moved to Limoges University where he became Assistant Professor. He moved back to Strasbourg on a Professor position in 2001, lead the department of Computer Science at the Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2005, was vice-director of the LSIIT Lab until 2008 and responsible for the master degree in Image and Computing (IICI) until 2009. He is currently joint-director of the 3D Computer Graphics Group, IGG, in the ICUBE lab (20 people), where he is leading the rendering and visualization research activities.
His main research interest include 3D model and texture acquisition, synthesis and rendering, high performance multi-GPU graphics and shading, as well as direct volume rendering of voxel-data. He has made significant contributions in all of these areas with several impressive results in the last few years, with more than 6 CGF, TVGC (IEEE Vis) or TOG papers (Siggraph Asia) since 2010.
Jean-Michel is extremely active in his service to the community:
1. He served on a regular basis in a number of program committees since 2001: Rendering techniques, EG –including the role of ‘topic chair’ in 2003, GRAPP, EG Parallel Graphics and Visualization, EG Symposium on natural phenomena, and Eurovis.
2. He was vice president of the French chapter of Eurographics until 2005, and is in the EXC.
3. He has been chairing the EG professional board since 2009.
4. He served as associate editor of Computer Graphics Forum from 2011 to 2014.
5. Lastly, he was general chair of EG’2014, for which he dedicated an enormous amount of energy, resulting into a great experience for participants and a financial success (more than 400 people and the main conference and three co-located events).
Jean-Michel Dischler was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of:
1. His contribution to the fields of computer graphics, rendering and visualization.
2. His contributions to the Association, notably as chair of the professional board for a number of years, and as general chair of EG’2014.


Enrico Gobbetti

Enrico Gobbetti is the Director of Visual Computing at the Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development in Sardinia (CRS4), Italy. He holds an Engineering degree (1989) and a Ph.D. degree (1993) in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), as well as Full Professor Habilitations in Computer Science and Information Processing from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.
Prior to joining CRS4 (1996), he was research and teaching assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and associate researcher at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and at the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. At CRS4, Enrico developed and managed a research program in visual computing supported through public and private grants. The primary focus is the development of technology for acquisition, storage, processing, distribution, and interactive exploration of complex 3D environments, as well as on applications of virtual reality technology to visual simulation. His research spans many areas of visual computing including multi -resolution data representations, GPU programming, time-critical graphics, external memory algorithms, and is published widely in major journals and conferences, including many EUROGRAPHICS events.
Enrico regularly serves as program committee member and reviewer for international conferences and journals in visual computing. He is currently Associate Editor of The Visual Computer (since 2010), Frontiers in Virtual Environments (since 2014), and IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (since 2015). He taught and organized advanced courses on object-oriented technology, graphics, cultural heritage computing, and virtual reality at universities and international research symposia.
He has served EUROGRAPHICS in numerous ways. He participated in the Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum (2008-2011), he was Executive Board Member of the Eurographics Italian Chapter (2009 -2013); Advisory Board Member of the EUROGRAPHICS 2010, General co-Chair of Eurographics 2012 and Chair of EuroVis 2015.
Enrico Gobbetti was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of:
1. His research contributions in the area of the visualization of large models and his role in the Italian visualization community.
2. His contributions to EUROGRAPHICS, as author and IPC member, and to EG events, as co-chair of the main Eurographics conference in 2012 and as general chair of EuroVis 2015.

 

Olga Sorkine-Hornung


Olga Sorkine-Hornung holds the position of Associate Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. She received her PhD from the Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 2006, supervised by Daniel Cohen-Or. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the TU Berlin from 2006 to 2008 and an Assistant Professor at New York University from 2008 to 2011. She was an Assistant Professor at ETHZ from 2011 to 2015.
Her research interests are in computer graphics and geometric modeling, and in particular algorithms and user interfaces for interactive shape modeling, digital geometry processing, image / video processing and computer animation. She has made significant contributions in all of these areas with numerous ground breaking results, and she publishes many papers each year at all the top venues in our field. She has published extensively (over 20 papers at SIGGRAPH, and many more at Eurographics, SGP, SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM TOG etc.), including several very highly cited papers. Notable examples of these include her work on a Laplacian framework for interactive mesh editing, which introduced the Laplacian approach, subsequently used in many different domains, her work on as-rigid-as-possible surface modelling, interactive systems for modelling such as FiberMesh and BBW, and her work on image retargeting, color harmonization and perceptual studies to evaluate retargeting algorithms.
Olga has supervised numerous Masters and Ph.D. students, as well as several postdoctoral fellows, who have continued in their research careers, many of them excelling either in academia or in industry. Her research group at ETH is one of the best in Europe, systematically producing the highest quality research results.
Olga is extremely active in her service to the community, participating far beyond the call of duty to the numerous tasks that make our field thrive. She has chaired and participated in numerous program committees, even this early in her career, and has also served as an Associate Editor of several international journals of the field (including Computer Graphics Forum and IEEE TVCG). She has received numerous awards and distinctions for her outstanding career so far, including the ERC starting grant iModel, the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award and the Eurographics Young Researcher Award.
Olga has contributed numerous groundbreaking scientific results and is one of the leading figures in our field today. She is one of the most prominent young researchers in computer graphics in Europe today.
Olga Sorkine-Hornung was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of:
1. Her exceptional contribution to the fields of computer graphics and geometry processing, as witnessed by her numerous and highly cited publications.
2. Her contributions to the Association, notably as IPC co-chair of the Associations Eurographics 2015 conference in Zürich, of the Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP 2010), and as a member of the Executive Committee and author of numerous papers in the association's events.

NEW EUROGRAPHICS FELLOWS

During EUROGRAPHICS 2014 the Fellows of the Association made a proposal to the Executive Committee that new Fellows be elected. The proposal was accepted and the names of the new Fellow were announced at the General Assembly. The new Fellows are Frédo Durand, Eugene Fiume, Heidrun Schumann and Michela Spagnuolo. The contributions which they have made to computer graphics and to EUROGRAPHICS are outlined below together with the reasons for their nomination. Congratulations to all four!

Frédo Durand

Frédo Durand is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received his PhD from Grenoble University, France, in 1999, supervised by Claude Puech and George Drettakis. Before that he graduated from the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. From 1999 till 2002, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the MIT Computer Graphics Group with Julie Dorsey. His research interests are in computer graphics and computational photography. They span most aspects of picture generation and creation, with emphasis on mathematical analysis, signal processing, and inspiration from perceptual sciences. A sampling of his most recent work includes work on motion magnification, image-manipulation, domain-specific languages, light transport among many others. He has published extensively (40 papers at ACM SIGGRAPH, and many more at EUROGRAPHICS, EGSR, SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM TOG etc.), including several very highly cited papers. Notable examples of these include his work on fast-bilateral filter for HDR imaging, coded aperture cameras and feature-preserving mesh smoothing. Frédo has supervised a large number of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows, who have continued in their research careers, many of them excelling either in academia or in industry. He co-organized the first Symposium on Computational Photography and Video in 2005, the first International Conference on Computational Photography in 2009, and was IPC co-chair of the EUROGRAHICS Symposium on Rendering in 2012. He was on the advisory board of the ACM SIGGRAPH and several other conferences, and has participated numerous times in the ACM SIGGRAPH and EUROGRAPHICS program committees, among others. He received an inaugural EUROGRAPHICS Young Researcher Award in 2004, an NSF CAREER award in 2005, an inaugural Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship in 2005, a Sloan fellowship in 2006, and a Spira award for distinguished teaching in 2007. Frédo has contributed numerous groundbreaking scientific results and is one of the leading figures in our field today. He was one of the main contributors to the creation of the field of computational photography, which is now considered one of the four main areas in Computer Graphics.

Frédo Durand was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • his exceptional contribution to the fields of computer graphics and computational photography, as witnessed by his numerous and highly cited publications;
  • his contributions to EUROGRAPHICS as an author of numerous papers in the association's events and as event organizer.

Eugene Fiume

Eugene Fiume is professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in computer science in 1986, supervised by Alain Fournier and Eric Hehner. His postdoctoral work was done in 1986-87 at the University of Geneva under Dennis Tsichritzis. At that time he started a long term research relationship with European colleagues, later working as a Visiting Professor at the University of Grenoble, France. He has been a member of various boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of GMD, (Bonn, Germany) and of the Max Planck Centre for Visual Computing and Communication (Saarbrucken, Germany), as well as many industrial boards. After spending time in industry with Alias/Wavefront, he led the department of computer science in Toronto as chair where he was instrumental in hiring more than thirty faculty, raising the international ranking of the department into the top ten in the world, and helped raise \$3.5M of funds for the department from external donors. Currently he helps lead the Dynamic Graphics Project. He is director of the Masters of Science in Applied Computing programme at the University of Toronto, and is Principal Investigator of a \$6M project on the construction of a digital media and systems lab. He has recently accepted the role of the next Scientific Director of the GRAND NCE in 2015 involving researchers in more than 25 universities and technology companies.

His early research work was on the mathematical foundations of computer graphics, which were particularly recognised in Europe. Following this, Eugene's main scientific contributions have been to physically and visually realistic computer graphics; he has also made contributions to medical physics, biomechanics, anatomy, computational physics, and radiative transfer. His papers span these fields, with many publications appearing in EUROGRAPHICS (including a best paper award) and ACM SIGGRAPH; he has a long list of successful PhD students and former employees with whom he has had productive collaborations. Alain Fournier was his most frequent collaborator, and together they made many contributions to sampling, filtering and rendering problems.

Eugene's work has also affected computer graphics in practical ways. The "wire" deformation technique, developed with Karan Singh, is now ubiquitous in commercial geometric modelling and animation. Work with Jos Stam in simulating wind, smoke, clouds and fire broke the ground for future efforts in this area and this work led to successful commercial deployment in hundreds of films requiring the realistic simulation and control of natural phenomena. His work with Alias and subsequently Autodesk stimulated a more than twenty-year relationship involving over 100 Toronto graduates, many of whom are still with Autodesk.

Eugene has a long list of contributions to the scientific community of computer graphics, some mentioned above, and which also includes conference organization, committee memberships, refereeing and editorships.

Eugene Fiume was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • his broad and high-quality research in visual computing and his innovation in computer animation, rendering, medical computing, and computational physics;
  • his contributions to EUROGRAPHICS as author and IPC member, and to EG events, such as co-chairing the Symposium on Computer Animation.

Heidrun Schumann

Heidrun Schumann is professor of Computer Graphics at the Institute for Computer Science, University of Rostock, Germany since 1992. Her main research fields are Computer Graphics, Visualization and Human-Computer-Interaction. She leads a research team working on a wide range of topics, including visualization of multivariate data in time and space, information visualization and visual analytics, user support for visualization and visualization design, visual interfaces for mobile devices and multi-display environments, image transmission and image display in mobile contexts and rendering. She has published extensively in these fields in many journals and conferences. She is co-author of one of the few visualization textbooks in German and of a recent textbook on visualizing time-oriented data. She has supervised at least 27 PhD students and about 170 Masters students. She teaches computer graphics and visual computing at Bachelors and Masters levels. She has served on numerous program committees and she is one of the EuroVis 2014 full papers co-chairs. She is an Associate Editor of the Computers & Graphics journal.

Heidrun Schumann was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • her research in information visualization and mobile graphics;
  • her service to the European visualization community;
  • her influence and role in computer graphics in the eastern part of Germany;
  • her supervision of numerous successful PhD students;
  • her contributions to visualization text books.

Michela Spagnuolo

Michela Spagnuolo is currently Research Director at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies, in Genova, of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IMATI). She received the Doctorate degree in Computer Science Engineering at the INSA Lyon, France, and the Laurea degree (with honors) in Applied Mathematics at the Dept. of Mathematics of the University of Genova, under the supervision of Dr Bianca Falcidieno.

At CNR-IMATI, she is leading the research group on "Advanced techniques for the analysis and synthesis of multidimensional media". Her research activities started with a focus on geometric reasoning for the analysis and characterization of shapes and on the use of fuzzy arithmetic for the representation of uncertainty in geometric models. She has been actively involved in the development of semantics-driven approaches for representing 3D shapes, based on coupling knowledge technologies with geometric representations In this area, she was heavily involved in the definition and development of the AIM@SHAPE repository which is now among the most cited sources of shape models in Computer Graphics papers. Recently, her research interests have focused mainly on computational topology approaches for shape analysis and for the evaluation of similarity at the structural and semantic level.

On these research topics, she has co-supervised several PhD and Ms thesis, and authored more than 140 reviewed papers in scientific journals and international conferences. She is an associate editor of Computers & Graphics and The Visual Computer and she was associate editor of Computer Graphics Forum. She co-edited the book "Shape Analysis and Structuring", published by Springer, and was guest-editor of several journal special issues and conference proceedings. Among these, the special issue of Computers & Graphics on executable papers for 3D object retrieval, fostering the adoption of reproducibility as a criteria of evaluation of research in Computer Graphics.

She is a member of the steering committee of the Shape Modelling International conference, and was programme chair of various international conferences and workshops. She has been working as scientific responsible for many international and national projects, where geometry processing was studied in various application domains, from biomedicine and bioinformatics to the processing of large geospatial data.

She has served EUROGRAPHICS in numerous ways including the promotion of the EUROGRAPHICS workshop on 3D Object Retrieval, which has been organized regularly as an EG workshop co-located with the main conference since 2008. She has served as a EUROGRAPHICS Programme Committee member, as tutorial and State-of-the-Art co-chair, and as Workshop chair of the EG Symposium on Geometry Processing in 2013.

Michela Spagnuolo was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • her research contributions to the advancement of the theory and practice of shape modelling;
  • her contributions to EUROGRAPHICS including promotion of 3D object retrieval.

Fellows of the Eurographics Association

The Eurographics Executive Committee elects researchers from all over the world, who have contributed to some large extent to the computer graphics society as a whole and/or to Eurographics Associtation, to become ”Fellows of the Eurographics Association”. Proposed new Fellows are nominated each year by the current fellows and announced during the annual General Assembly. A timeordered list of all fellows is also available.

Honorary Fellows of the Eurographics Association

Computer graphics pioneers who have rendered special service to the field of computer graphics and/or to the Eurographics Association can be selected as Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellows are elected by the Eurographics Executive Committee, usually in connection with a significant birthday.