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    In Memoriam: David B. Arnold

    David and his beloved Morgan sports car.

    David Arnold died suddenly on the evening of Tuesday 25th October at the end of a game of Fives (a handball game), a sport he had played since at least his undergraduate days.

    David was educated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and submitted his PhD, 'A Computer Model of Housing Layout,' to the Department of Architecture in 1978, one of the early contributions to Computer Aided Architectural Design. He then became a senior programmer for the Royal Naval Educational College, RNEC, Manadon, Plymouth, and Scientific Assistant at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Thurleigh, Bedford. Later he was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Land Use and Built Form Studies at the University of Cambridge, before lecturing in Computing Science at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was promoted to full Professor in 1989.

    From 2002 he was Professor of Computing Science and Dean of the Faculty of Management and Information Sciences at the University of Brighton becoming Director of Research Initiatives and Dean of Brighton Doctoral College by the time of his retirement earlier this year.

    In the early 1980s David became involved in the development of international (ISO/IEC) standards for computer graphics, a member of the British Standards Institution committee on graphics standards and a key UK delegate to the international ISO/IEC committee, becoming leader of the ISO/IEC project that developed the Computer Graphics Interface (CGI) – Interfacing techniques for dialogues with graphical devices, ISO/IEC 9636 published in 1991.  The first standards documents generally had two or three parts. David took on the daunting challenge of coordinating the development of a standard with nine parts.

    David Arnold became Dean of the School of Information Systems at the University of East Anglia. For many people that might have been a sufficient workload, but not for David.  He co-edited a series of books on computer graphics standards, published by Butterworths in the early 1990s and wrote the first title in the series “ISO Standards for Computer Graphics – The First Generation” with David Duce. David Arnold’s appetite for work was prodigious, sleep was not a priority and food and drink were consumed (albeit in no small quantities) when the task-list permitted. The suggestion that we use the outline of a boat to illustrate some ideas didn’t quite produce the anticipated result. David Duce was thinking in terms of a simple 8-vertex closed polyline, forgetting David Arnold’s naval college background. The end result was a far more elaborate outline of a cruise ship. David Arnold, his PhD student/later Research Assistant and colleague, Graham Reynolds, then started a very fruitful collaboration on applications of formal methods to computer graphics.

    In David’s spare-time he project-managed a barn conversion near Norwich which was never the most straight-forward of tasks especially when, for example, matching bricks had to be imported from The Netherlands. Sadly his first wife, Fiona, died after a long illness in 1999, though she and their sons Phil and William were able to enjoy the end result.

    David’s involvement with Eurographics dates back to 1982. His first major contribution to the Association started in 1985 when he was appointed co-chief editor of Computer Graphics Forum, a post he relinquished in 1990. He was elected a Fellow of Eurographics in 1989 and became chair of the Association from 1992 to 1995 and hosted a number of memorable Executive Board meetings at the Barn.

    It was probably in the late 1990s that David started to see the potential for graphics in cultural heritage as both a research theme and practical application. Many at the time saw this field as just another, and by implication un-interesting, application of computer graphics. But David was not deterred and his legacy now includes a series of very successful EU-funded collaborative projects, a network of institutions and research groups working in the field, an ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (of which he was founding chief editor), and a Eurographics workshop series on Graphics and Cultural Heritage. Without any doubt, he can be considered to be one of the very few pioneers of this domain, contributing personally to the consolidation of visual media technologies as a main ingredient of Digital Humanities. David was never a lone-researcher, he was always a team player and an excellent project coordinator, and he would himself doubtless acknowledge the roles of many other players in bringing an initial glimpse of a vision to the healthful state this field is in today.

    At a personal level, David was a truly inspiring collaborator, a man who knew his mind, but also a man who cared deeply for others and for his family in particular. He will be sorely missed by us all and to his wife, Angela, sons Phil and William and their families, we extend our sincere condolences.

    David Duce

     

  • New Eurographics Fellows 2010

    During EUROGRAPHICS 2010 three new Fellows were elected. The new Fellows are Daniel Cohen-Or, Joaquim Jorge and Vaclav Skala. The full text of the announcement that will appear in Computer Graphics Forum is available here.
    Congratulations to all three!

    • Daniel Cohen-Or for his scientific contributions to the advancement of computer graphics; his outstanding leadership in the field of computer graphics; his contributions to the Eurographics through the Executive Committee, Awards Committee, programme committee and chairmanship roles.
    • Joaquim Jorge for his research leadership in sketch-based interfaces and modelling; his immense contributions to EG activities, particularly the growth of the membership in Portugal; his innovative initiatives in computer graphics education.
    • Vaclav Skala for his research in the foundations of computer graphics; his contributions to computer graphics education in the Czech republic; his leadership in establishing and maintaining WSCG; his contribution to Eurographics as a member of the Executive Committee and as an Associate Editor of the Computer Graphics Forum journal.
  • Executive Committee Election Results

    The Executive Committee election ballot closed on 12th June. All of the 133 votes received were cast through the electronic ballot system.

    There was one regional vacancy in region 1 and one in region 4. The following candidates have been elected to fill those two vacancies.

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  • Honorary Fellow Elected

    Wolfgang StrasserIn tribute to his his contributions to computer graphics, his impact on the field, and his leadership role, Wolfgang Strasser has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Association: Wolfgang Strasser

  • Executive Committee Election Results

    The Executive Committee election ballot closed on 12th June. All of the 133 votes received were cast through the electronic ballot system.

    There was one regional vacancy in region 1 and one in region 4. The following candidates have been elected to fill those two vacancies.

     

    • David Duce (region 1)
    • Pere Brunet (region 4)
    The following candidates have been elected to fill the remaining five vacancies.
    • Thomas Ertl (region 2)
    • Eduard Gröller (region 5)
    • Leif Kobbelt (region 2)
    • David Luebke (region 6)
    • Werner Purgathofer (region 5)

    Their three year terms of office commence on 1st January 2010.

    Congratulations to those elected. To those not elected, our thanks to them for standing in the elections and for demonstrating their willingness to serve the Association in this way.

    The votes recorded for each candidate are given in the table below.

     

    Member Region Votes
    Gladimir Baranoski 6 34
    Pere Brunet 4 65
    David Duce 1 60
    Thomas Ertl 2 82
    Eduard Groeller 5 55
    Jasminka Hasic 5 21
    Jan Kautz 1 47
    Reinhard Klein 2 43
    Leif Kobbelt 2 56
    David Luebke 6 56
    Luis Paulo Santos 4 40
    Renato Pajarola 3 35
    Werner Purgathofer 5 73
    Anders Ynnerman 5 28

    Roberto Scopigno (Chairman),
    David Duce (Vice Chairman),
    Thomas Ertl (Vice Chairman),
    Carlo Vandoni (Secretary)
    17th June 2009

  • New EUROGRAPHICS Fellows 2009

    During EUROGRAPHICS 2009 two new Fellows were elected. The new Fellows are Eduard Gröller and Nigel John. The full text of the announcement that will appear in Computer Graphics Forum is available here. Congratulations to them both!

    • Eduard Gröller for his broad and high-quality research in visualization and for building up one of the strongest visualization groups in Europe; his leadership in the visualization community as Symposium Co-chair of Eurographics/IEEE VisSym 1999, as member of the steering committee of the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization since 2002, as Papers Co-chair of the IEEE Visualization Conference 2005 and 2006, as organizer of the Dagstuhl Seminar on Scientific Visualization 2005 and 2009, and as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions in Visualization and Computer Graphics (2003-2007); his contributions to the Eurographics conferences as coauthor of seven papers, as Program Co-chair in 2006, as Monitoring Officer for EG 2010 and as Conference Co-chair for EG 2011; his contribution to Eurographics as member of the Executive Committee and as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Graphics Forum.
    • Nigel John for his research contributions to the field of medical graphics; his contributions to Eurographics conferences, including his roles as co-chair of the EG 2001 and EG 2008 events and national UK chapter events; his promotion of VRML/X3D in the medical graphics community and his engagement in the medical graphics theme of the Web3D Symposium; his contribution to the Eurographics Association through participation in the Executive Committee and chairmanship of the Professional Board.
  • Chairman's Letter - January 2009

    As we enter 2009, chairmanship of the Association passes from David Duce to Roberto Scopigno. So this is a valedictory letter from David and a welcome letter from Roberto. Chairman's Letter
  • Chairman's Letter - October 2008

    Changes to the membership fee structure for 2009, new discounts for individual members who are employees of Organization Members, and some details of future conferences are announced in the Chairman's Letter.
  • Executive Committee Election Results

    The Executive Committee election ballot closed on 15th May. All of the 132 votes received were cast through the electronic ballot system.

    There was one regional vacancy in region 4 and one in region 5. The following candidates have been elected to fill those two vacancies.

     

    • Isabel Navazo (region 4)
    • László Szirmay-Kalos (region 5)
    The following candidates have been elected to fill the remaining five vacancies.
    • Philip Dutré (region 5)
    • Dieter Fellner (region 2)
    • Torsten Möller (region 6)
    • Vaclav Skala (region 5)
    • Brian Wyvill (region 6)

    Congratulations to those elected. To those not elected, our thanks to them for standing in the elections and for demonstrating their willingness to serve the Association in this way.

    David Duce (Chairman),
    Thomas Ertl (Vice Chairman),
    Roberto Scopigno (Vice Chairman),
    Carlo Vandoni (Secretary)
    20th May 2008

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