During EUROGRAPHICS 2016 the Fellows of the Association made a proposal to the Executive Committee that three 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 Paolo Cignoni, Hans-Christian Hege and Renato Pajarola. 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!
Paolo Cignoni is a Senior Researcher in the Visual Computing Group of
ISTI-CNR, an Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
He holds a Laurea (1992) a Ph.D. degree (1998) in Computer Science from
the University of Pisa, Italy. Since 1997 he had appointments at the
Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, where he
teaches computer graphics courses. His research, widely published in
major journals and conferences, spans many areas of computer graphics
and scientific visualization, with a special focus on geometry
processing, 3D scanning and cultural heritage, and interactive graphics.
Paolo has coordinated the development of many successful software tools
that have found practical application in both academia and industry,
including MeshLab, Metro, and QuteMol. He regularly serves as program
committee member and reviewer for international conferences and journals
in visual computing and is currently of the Editorial Board of IEEE
Transactions on Computer Graphics and Visualization, Computer Graphics
Forum, The Visual Computer, and ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural
Heritage. He was a papers co-chair of the Eurographics 2012 conference
and he currently chairs the Eurographics Annual Award for the Best PhD
Thesis. He serves on the Eurographics Executive Committee since 2015.
Paolo Cignoni was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of:
1. outstanding research contributions in visualization and geometry processing, many of those being presented at EG events;
2. leadership of open source projects in CG that help building a community;
3. service to the Eurographics community as executive board member, PhD awards committee member, Eurographics papers chair, IPC member of EG conferences and symposia, editorial member of CGF.
Hans-Christian Hege is the Head of the Research Department “Visual Data
Analysis” at Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). After undergraduate studies
in Physics, Math, and Philosophy (1977-1984) he conducted graduate
studies in Theoretical Physics at Freie Universität Berlin (1984-1989),
working in particular on computer simulation of quantum field theory and
lattice gauge theory. Already in 1986 he co-founded the visual effects
company Mental Images, where he served as a Senior Scientist until 1989.
He joined the ZIB institute in 1989, first working in high performance
computing and computational physics, and later focusing on
visualization. Hans-Christian Hege shaped the ZIB into an
internationally visible powerhouse for visualization. He has also been
involved in founding two further startups: Indeed – Visual Concepts GmbH
(1999, now part of Visage Imaging), and Lenne3D GmbH (2005).
In the field of scientific visualization, Hans-Christian Hege is very well known for developing one of the most widely used software platforms, the Amira software for visualization and visual data analysis. Amira was also the basis for the widely-used visualization software Avizo. He has impacted a wide range of subfields, such as vector field and flow visualization, for example his work on fast line integral convolution, illuminated stream lines, and vector field topology, and volume rendering, for example of adaptive mesh refinement hierarchies. His 1995 paper on fast line integral convolution was one of the earliest visualization papers published at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. A more recent focus area of his research is in the important field of uncertainty visualization. In addition to fundamental algorithms and techniques, his work has also always emphasized the application of visualization to the sciences, such as the interactive visualization of cosmological simulations in physics, and his work on brain atlases and the segmentation and visualization of neuronal structures in neuroscience.
In the Eurographics community, Hans-Christian Hege has been highly visible as one of the driving forces behind the Associations’ activities in visualization. He has served as co-chair for many EG-sponsored events and prizes, including the EG Medical Prize Competition (2013, 2015), EuroVis (2009), and Volume Graphics (2007, 2008).
Hans-Christian Hege was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to visualization research and technology transfer, as well as his excellent leadership and service to the Association and beyond.
Renato Pajarola is a full Professor in Computer Science in the
Department of Informatics at the University of Zürich (UZH). He received
his Dipl. Inf.-Ing. and Dr. sc. techn. degrees in computer science from
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 1994 and 1998
respectively. Subsequently he was a post-doctoral researcher and
lecturer in the Graphics, Visualization & Usability (GVU) Center at
Georgia Tech. In 1999 he joined the University of California Irvine
(UCI) as an Assistant Professor where he established the Computer
Graphics Lab. Since 2005 he has been leading the Visualization and
MultiMedia Lab (VMML) at UZH. He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE
CS and Eurographics. His research interests include real-time 3D
graphics, geometric modeling, point based graphics, interactive
large-scale scientific visualization, remote and parallel rendering,
compression and interactive 3D multimedia. He has published a wide range
of internationally peer-reviewed research articles in top journals and
conferences. Prof. Pajarola regularly serves on program committees, such
as for example the IEEE Visualization Conference, Eurographics and
EuroVis Conferences, IEEE Pacific Visualization or ACM SIGGRAPH
Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games. He was co-chair and
organizer of Eurographics 2015 and EGPGV 2010, and papers co-chair of EG
PBG 2007, 2008, EGPGV 2011 and IEEE LDAV 2014. He received Best Paper
Awards from Eurographics (2005), IADIS (2007) and SPIE (2013).
Renato Pajarola was elected as a Fellow of the Association in recognition of:
– important research contributions in the area of scalable graphics and data intensive visualization;
– continuous service to the Eurographics community as a co-chair of Eurographics and EuroVis conferences, as a steering board member of the Eurographics working group Parallel Graphics and as an IPC member of numerous conferences and workshops.