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New Fellows 2010

During EUROGRAPHICS 2010 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 Daniel Cohen-Or, Joaquim Jorge and Vaclav Skala. 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!

Daniel Cohen-Or

Daniel Cohen-Or is a Professor at the School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel. He received a B.Sc. cum laude in both Mathematics and Computer Science (1985), an M.Sc. cum laude in Computer Science (1986) from Ben-Gurion University, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science (1991) at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

His research interests are in Computer Graphics, Visual Computing and Geometric Modeling and including rendering and modeling techniques, Shape Analysis, Shape Creation and Editing, 3D Reconstruction, Photo Processing, compression and streaming techniques, visibility, point set representation, morphing and volume graphics.

His work has been published extensively in the leading journals in the field.

He serves/has served on the editorial boards of several international journals including Computer Graphics Forum, and ACM TOG, and has regularly serve as a member of the program committees of international conferences. He has a strong record of industrial collaboration.

His contributions to EUROGRAPHICS include: Tutorials Co-Chair EG 2004, Program Chair EG 2007 (Prague), Associate Editor Computer Graphics Forum, Program Committee Member of many annual EG Conferences and EG Workshops, Member EG Awards Committee, and sometime Member EG Executive Committee. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions award.

Daniel Cohen-Or was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • 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

Joaquim Jorge is Full Professor of Computer Science at Instituto Superior T├ęcnico (IST/UTL), the School of Engineering of the Technical University of Lisboa, Portugal, where he teaches Computer Graphics and User Interfaces. He received PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1995 and a BsEE from IST/UTL in 1984. His research interests are in Calligraphic and Multimodal User Interfaces, Visual Languages and Pattern Recognition techniques applied to Human-Computer Interaction. He is author or co-author of over 150 papers published in peer-reviewed international conferences and publications.

Jorge has been a strong supporter of and contributor to Eurographics since joining the Association in 1986. He was an organiser of the first Portuguese Computer Graphics Meeting in 1988 and was a founding member of the Eurographics Portuguese Chapter, which he chaired between 2000 and 2008. He was co-chair of Eurographics’98, which took place in Lisboa, Portugal, and has been a leading figure in many Eurographics workshops, particularly the EG Working Group on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling. An elected member of the EG Executive committee (2000-2006), he served on the EG Promotions Board during this period, on the EG Publications Board (1997-2000), and was EG Conference Monitoring Officer for EG2001.

Jorge has been a member of many research projects in our field both at the National and European Level, including Eurotooling 21 and SATIN research projects. He was Principal Investigator (PI) of the SmartSketches (IST-2000-28169) project, and led the Alfa INETGAM II-0072–a network of excellence, both started in 2001. He also leads the CGEMS international project, co-funded by the EC Eurographics and SIGGRAPH Associations since September 2002. He participated in several European projects connected to graphics and graphics standardization efforts as a researcher with the Portuguese Computer and Systems’ Engineering Institute (INESC) CAD/CAM group from 1984 to 1989.

Other activities of note include his being a consultant with FhG/IGD in Multimodal Interfaces (1999). He serves or has served on the program committees of over 100 international conferences. Having been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Computers & Graphics Journal for many years, he is now Editor-in-Chief. He is affiliated with ACM (Senior Member since 2007) / SIGGRAPH since 1989 and has been a member of the Educational Committee since 2004, IEEE Computer Society (Senior Member since 2000), IFIP TC13 (Human Computer Interaction – National Contact Person) and IAPR.

Joaquim Jorge was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • 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

Vaclav Skala is a Professor at University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic and the head of the Center of Computer Graphics and Visualization. He studied Computer Science at the Institute of Technology in Plzne and received his PhD in Computer Science from the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1981. He became a Docent at the University of West Bohemia in 1989 and a professor in 1996.

He has published numerous papers in our field in data structures and algorithms, mathematics for computer graphics and vision, data and information visualization, and object technology. DBLP lists 25 papers starting with a CGF paper on a modification on Bresenham’s algorithm in 1987!

Vaclav Skala has been a member of several research projects in related fields both at the National and European level, namely 3DTV – a Network of Excellence, Intuition – a Network of Excellence and others.

Vaclav Skala is well known as the founder and organizer of the WSCG – International Conferences in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision (recently Winter School of Computer Graphics) since 1992! He has also been on the Editorial Board of The Visual Computer, Computers & Graphics, Computer Graphics Forum and other journals. Vaclav Skala has served Eurographics in numerous ways including member of the Executive Committee and of the Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum.

Vaclav Skala was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • 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.