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New Fellows 2011


Bianca Falcidieno is a Research Director at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technology (IMATI) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy; she is chair of the CNR Research Area.

She has been leading and coordinating research at international level in advanced and interdisciplinary fields (such as computational mathematics, computer graphics, multidimensional media and knowledge technologies), strongly interacting with outstanding industrial and social application fields: from industrial design to geographic information systems, from manufacturing to semantic web. She coordinated two EC projects (Aim@Shape, Focus K3D) and coordinated the CNR participation to several international and national research initiatives. She was in charge of several international commitments, including editorial tasks, organization of international conferences as the Chair or Co-chair, organizations of several workshops and participations in international conference Programme Committees. She was a Chair of the IEEE conference Shape Modeling International, held in June 2006 in Japan, and Co-chair of the Conference SAMT 2007 (Semantics and digital Media Technology), held in December 2007 in Genova, Italy. She was the founding editor in chief of the International Journal of Shape Modelling (World Scientific).

Bianca Falcidieno was an Italian expert within the International Standard Organization for 9 years and was the Italian representative within the Technical Committee 5 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP TC5) for 10 years. She was also a member of many national Committees, such as the International Relationship Committees of the CNR. In 2005, she was a member of the Italian Steering Committee for the Research Evaluation (CIVR), as the President of the Panel 15a – Sciences and Technologies for an Information and Communication Society, and as a member of the Panel 9 – Industrial and Information Engineering.

Bianca Falcidieno is the author of over 200 scientific refereed papers and books, chair or co-chair of international conferences and workshops, and currently editor in chief of the International Journal Shape Modelling. Her work has been published extensively in the leading journals in the field. Her contributions to EUROGRAPHICS include having served as elected member of the EG Executive Committee, chair of the International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications (SMI) and being IPC member of many EG events (annual conference and symposia).

Bianca Falcidieno is nominated for a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

• her scientific contributions to the advancement of computer graphics;

• her outstanding leadership in the field of computer graphics;

• her contributions to the Eurographics Association Executive Board, to programme committees and chairmanship roles.


Holly Rushmeier received the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1977, 1986 and 1988 respectively. Between receiving the BS and returning to graduate school in 1983 she worked as an engineer at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company and at Washington Natural Gas Company (now a part of Puget Sound Energy). In 1988 she joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech. While there she conducted sponsored research in the area of computer graphics image synthesis and taught classes heat transfer and numerical methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the end of 1991 she joined the computing and mathematics staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, focusing on

scientific data visualization. From 1996 to early 2004 she was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. At IBM she worked on a variety of data visualization problems in applications ranging from engineering to finance. She also worked in the area of acquisition of data required for generating realistic computer graphics models, including a project to create a digital model of Michelangelo’s Florence Pieta, and the development of a scanning system to capture shape and appearance data for presenting Egyptian cultural artifacts on the World Wide Web.

She is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Yale University where her research areas are computer graphics rendering algorithms, applying perceptual principles to rendering, and 3D scanning and modeling of shape and appearance properties. Current work includes:

Material and Texture Models, Recovering Shape and Reflectance, Sketching and Alternative Design Techniques, Modelling and Interacting with Architectural Scale Scenes, Applications of Perception to Computer Graphics, Applications of Computer Graphics in Cultural Heritage.

She has published numerous papers in all these areas over the last few years, including papers at the Eurographics Annual Conferences, Computer Graphics Forum, Eurographics Workshops, SIGGRAPH, ACM TOG and various conferences related to digital imaging, virtual reality and cultural heritage. She has served on the editorial boards of many international journals including Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 1996-99; the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, co-chair of the ACM Publications Board, Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and Computer Graphics Forum. In 1996 she served as the papers chair for the ACM SIGGRAPH conference, in 1998 as the papers co-chair for the IEEE Visualization conference and in 2000 as the papers co-chair for the Eurographics Rendering Workshop. She has also served in numerous program committees including multiple years on the committees for SIGGRAPH, IEEE Visualization, Eurographics, Eurographics Rendering Workshop, and Graphics Interface. She gave invited talks at the Eurographics Rendering Workshop in 1994 and the Eurographics Conference in 2001. In 2008, Elsevier published “Digital modeling of material appearance” by Julie Dorsey, Holly E. Rushmeier and François X. Sillion

Her contributions to Eurographics include:

Editor, Computer Graphics Forum, 2011

EG Executive Committee, 2002-2008

Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum since 1997

Co-Editor of Proceedings for Rendering Workshop in 1996, 1997, Rendering Techniques, 2000 etc

Programme Committee for both EG Conferences and Workshops. Best Papers Awards Chair

Papers at EG Conferences, Computer Graphics Forum, and EG Workshops. Invited Talk at EG 2001, Tutorial Lecturer, 2008, EG State of the Art Report, 2000

Holly Rushmeier is nominated for a Fellowship in recognition of:

  • her leadership role in the computer graphics field;
  • her technical contributions to computer graphics through both basic and use-inspired research;
  • her contributions to scholarly publishing through chief-editorships of leading journals and advisory boards;
  • her direct contributions to Eurographics, most recently as co-chief editor of Computer Graphics Forum.


Min Chen is currently a professor of Computer Science at the University of Wales and the leader of the Visual and Interactive Computing Group (VIC). In May 2011, he will move to Oxford University as a professor of scientific visualization at Oxford e-Research Centre. Min Chen received his B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the Fudan University, Shanghai and he started his academic career at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1984. As a postgraduate student and research assistant he worked towards his PhD which he received in 1991. After positions as lecturer and senior lecturer he was appointed to a personal chair in Swansea in 2001. Since then he has built up a highly and internationally visible research group of about 6 academic staff and some 20 research assistants and research students.

Dr. Chen’s area of research is computer graphics and visualization, initially with a focus on volume graphics later extending it to video visualization and more recently spreading into various application areas while maintaining a focus on the fundamental issues of our field. In volume graphics he covers a wide range of topics dealing with discretely sampled 3D object representations ranging from CSG-type and distance-field modeling, deformation, morphing, and animation, to volume rendering based on scene graphs and ray tracing. In all these areas he made highly significant contributions which are far-reaching and internationally visible. Furthermore, Dr. Chen also pursues research in interactive systems in a broader perspective investigating scripting languages, global intelligent file systems, and grid technologies for large data visualization. Dr. Chen has an outstanding record of publication of almost 40 articles in journals, more than 65 articles in conference proceedings, and 20 edited books and book chapters. Dr. Chen is very well known and highly esteemed in the scientific community of computer graphics and visualization and thus widely active and internationally leading in program and conference committees and professional societies. On the national scale, he was instrumental in establishing the Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing in 2009 bringing together four Welsh universities. In 2004, he was honored as a fellow of the British Computer Society.

Min Chen has also served Eurographics in numerous ways including Program Chair of Eurographics 2011, Workshop Co-Chair and Steering Committee member of the Eurographics/IEEE VGTC Volume Graphics 2006, Topic Chair of Eurographics 2004, Tutorial Co-Chair of Eurographics 2001, Main organizer of the Eurographics UK Chapter Conference 2000.

Min Chen is nominated for election to a fellowship of the Association in recognition of

1. his broad and high-quality research in visualization and for building up one of the strongest visualization groups in Europe and in the UK,

2. his leadership in the visualization community (Papers Co-Chair of IEEE Visualization 2007 and 2008, Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics since 2011),

3. his contributions to the Eurographics conferences as coauthor of 13 CGF papers and as Program Co-chair in 2011.