Jim McCann Joins CMU Graphics Faculty!

11 September 2017
Jim McCann joins the CMU Graphics Group this fall, as a faculty member in the Robotics Institute. Jim is interested in systems and interfaces that operate in real-time and build user intuition; lately, he has been applying these ideas to textiles fabrication and machine knitting in the Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab. He obtained his PhD in 2010 in the Graphics Lab, after which he worked at Adobe's Creative Technologies Lab and Disney Research. In his spare time, he makes video games as TCHOW llc. Welcome, Jim!

Jessica Hodgins elected ACM SIGGRAPH President

11 September 2017
In election results announced August 19th, 2017, Jessica Hodgins was elected SIGGRAPH President. She will begin her three year term on September 1st. If you have ideas on how to improve either the organization or the conference, send them her way. And volunteer -- both the organization and the conference are in need of volunteers.

CMU Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2017

29 July 2017
This year, nine papers that were authored or co-authored by graphics lab members will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2017:
  • A Computational Design Tool for Compliant Mechanisms
    Vittorio Megaro, Jonas Zehnder, Moritz, Baecher, Stelian Coros, Markus Gross, Bernhard Thomaszewski
  • Computational Design of Telescoping Structures
    Christopher Yu, Stelian Coros, Keenan Crane
  • Epipolar Time of Flight Imaging
    Supreeth Achar, Joe Bartels, Red Whittaker, Kyros Kutulakos, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
  • Learning to Schedule Control Fragments for Physics-based Characters Using Deep Q-Learning
    Libin Liu, Jessica Hodgins
  • Lightweight Structure Design Under Force Location Uncertainty
    Erva Ulu, Jim McCann, Levent Burak Kara
  • Momentum-mapped Inverted Pendulum Models for Controlling Dynamic Human Motions
    Taesoo Kwon, Jessica K. Hodgins
  • Shader Components: Modular and High Performance Shader Development
    Yong He, Tim Foley, Teguh Hofstee, Haomin Long, Kayvon Fatahalian
  • Interactive Design of Animated Plushies
    James M. Bern, Kai-Hung Chang, Stelian Coros
  • A Deep Learning Approach for Generalized Speech Animation
    Sarah Taylor, Taehwan Kim, Moshe Mahler, James Krahe, Anastasio Garcia Rodriguez, Jessica Hodgins, Yisong Yue, Iain Matthews

Jessica Hodgins Receives Steven Coons Award

21 June 2017
At SIGGRAPH this year, Jessica Hodgins will receive the Steven Anson Coons Award, which recognizes long-term creative impact on the field of computer graphics through a personal commitment over an extended period of time. She joins the ranks of other terrific members of our community including Ivan E. Sutherland, Pierre Bézier, Donald P. Greenberg, David C. Evans, Andries van Dam, Edwin Catmull, Jose Encarnação, James D. Foley, James F. Blinn, Lance Williams, Pat Hanrahan, Tomoyuki Nishita, Nelson Max, Rob Cook, Jim Kajiya, Turner Whitted, and Henry Fuchs. Congrats, Jessica!

Graphics Lab Alums win Tech Oscars!

11 February 2017
Tonight, RI Faculty alum Iain Matthews (right) and his collaborators at Weta will be awarded a plaque for their facial capture system and RI PhD alum Kiran Bhat (left) and his ILM collaborators will get a certificate for their facial capture system.  

CMU Graphics Students Clean Up the Lab!

10 February 2017
In a daring feat of housekeeping the brilliant students comprising the CMU Graphics Lab made the world a little cleaner place.

Two CMU Graphics Students Win Fellowships

31 March 2016
Two of our PhD students, Yong He (left) and Nick Sharp (right), were both recently awarded prestigious PhD fellowships. Yong, who is a fourth-year PhD student with Kayvon Fatahlian, will receive an NVIDIA fellowship, supporting his work on automated optimization of rendering systems. Nick, who is a first-year PhD student with Keenan Crane, is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP), which will help jump start his work in 3D geometry processing. Congrats, guys!

Eight New PhD Students Join CMU Graphics Group!

24 September 2015
A very warm welcome to our 2015 incoming graphics students, pictured here in Schenley Park, near the CMU campus.  Left to right: Ye Han, Alex Poms, James Bern, Chris Yu, Nick Sharp, Maria Khutoretsky, and Genesis Vasquez.  (Not pictured: Ravi Teja Mullapudi.)  Best of luck on the adventure!

CMU Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2015

31 July 2015
Eight papers co-authored by graphics lab members will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:

Recent Press Highlights CMU Graphics “Wizardry”

5 August 2014
Recent articles feature work appearing at SIGGRAPH 2014:
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to manipulate objects in photos in three dimensions, allowing you to see all sides of formerly 2D objects. How is it done? Some might say there is dark magic afoot, but what’s really happening is far more interesting. Here’s how it’s done: an object is selected in an image, be it a chair, an origami crane, or a fireplug. The system matches the object with currently extant 3D models taken from various sources, and then, by connecting the models with the actual objects, they are able to simulate what the object would look like in the photograph. While this database of objects is obviously fairly limited, it does allow for some clever tricks including making taxi cabs in photos flip around to display their undercarriage and then zoom off into space.
Read more at New York TimesTechCrunch and R&D Magazine.

Keenan Crane Joins Graphics Faculty

3 August 2014
Keenan Crane will join the CMU Graphics Lab in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department and Robotics Institute. Keenan received a PhD from Caltech in 2013, as part of the Applied Geometry Lab and Multi-Res Modeling Group; he is currently an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Keenan's research draws on insights from differential geometry and computer science to develop fast numerical algorithms and fundamental representations for real-world geometric data.  This work has been used in production at companies such as DreamWorks and Digital Domain, and has been covered by popular media including National Public Radio and Scientific American.  Hear Keenan talk about his work via the Everhart Lecture Series.

CMU Papers at SIGGRAPH 2014

29 July 2014
The CMU Graphics Lab will be presenting the following papers this summer at SIGGRAPH 2014

Katayanagi Prize Winners Announced!

28 July 2013
Doug James from Cornell University and Pat Hanrahan from Stanford University will visit CMU this Fall to receive the Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science. Prof. James will give a distinguished lecture Sept. 12th, and Prof. Hanrahan will give a distinguished lecture on Sept 26th. Details will be announced shortly at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~katayanagi/ Kayvon would like to add that he has been lucky to have some great advisors.