Jun-Yan Zhu named 2023 Packard Fellow

19 October 2023
Jun-Yan was named a 2023 Packard Fellow for his work with generative AI. Jun-Yan's work emphasizes new ways for creators to interact with and customize generative models. He also emphasizes the rights of creators whose works are used in the training of models, with projects on attribution and the ability to "opt-out" or receive royalties. The Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering is the largest award given to young faculty in STEM fields, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards given to junior faculty members. An advisory panel of distinguished scientists and engineers carefully reviews the nominations and selects roughly 18 fellows to receive an award of $875,000, distributed over five years, which has “no strings attached” and are designed to provide maximum flexibility in pursuing new scientific questions and frontiers in their fields of study. Congratulations, Jun-Yan!

CVPR 2022 Best Paper Honorable Mention

17 August 2022
CMU Graphics members Mark Sheinin, Dorian Chan, Matthew O'Toole, and Srinivasa Narasimhan won CVPR 2022 Best Paper Honorable Mention for their work Dual-Shutter Optical Vibration Sensing. Check out the project webpage for details: https://imaging.cs.cmu.edu/vibration/

Ioannis Gkioulekas Receives NSF CAREER Award

17 April 2021
Yannis has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award. This is the NSF's most prestigious award which recognizes early-career faculty who lead advances in their fields and serve as positive role models in research and education. Yannis' CAREER award emphasizes computational interferometric imaging, which provides new imaging capabilities critical for applications in medical imaging, industrial fabrication, and material sciences.

CMU Graphics Papers at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020

21 September 2020
CMU Graphics will be at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020!

SGP 2020 Best Paper Award

1 August 2020
Nick Sharp won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2020 Symposium on Geometry Processing for his work on a Laplace operator for point clouds and nonmanifold polygon meshes. The Laplacian is a basic building block for algorithms in digital geometry processing and simulation. Nick's work makes it possible to apply this tool reliably to any mesh or point cloud, even if it has bad connectivity or poor-quality triangles. Congrats, Nick!

CMU Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2020

25 May 2020
Keep an eye out for these CMU Graphics papers at SIGGRAPH 2020!

ICCP 2020 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

26 April 2020
Chao Liu, Srivnivasa Narasimhan, and collaborators at CMU and Rice University receive Best Paper Honorable Mention award at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP) for their paper titled High Resolution Diffuse Optical Tomography using Short Range Indirect Subsurface Imaging.

Keenan Crane Receives NSF CAREER Award

20 March 2020
Keenan has received the 2020 National Science Foundation CAREER award. This is the NSF's most prestigious award which recognizes early-career faculty who lead advances in their fields and serve as positive role models in research and education. Keenan's works is in Discrete Differential Geometry which builds fundamental representations and practical algorithms for processing and analyzing real-world geometric data by leveraging insights from differential geometry. Read more about it here.

Ioannis Gkioulekas Named Sloan Research Fellow

12 February 2020
The Sloan Foundation has named Ioannis Gkioulekas as a 2020 Sloan Research Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowship highlights the contributions of early-career scientists and scholars who demonstrate outstanding promise in fundamental research. Gkioulekas' interests are in computational imaging, computer vision, and computer graphics. His work focuses on non-line-of-sight imaging which enables the imaging of objects obstructed by corners or scattering materials. Read more about it here.

CVPR 2019 Best Paper Award

20 June 2019
CMU Graphics members Shumian Xin, Ioannis Gkioulekas, and Srinivasa Narasimhan, CMU ECE Professor Aswin Sankaranarayanan, and collaborators from U. Toronto won CVPR 2019 Best Paper Award forA theory of Fermat Paths for Non-Line-of-Sight Shape Reconstruction. Their paper was selected out of roughly 5000 submitted papers. The awards committee described the paper: “this paper makes significant advances in non-line-of-sight reconstruction — in essence the ability to see around corners. It is a beautiful paper theoretically, as well as inspiring. It continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in computer vision.”

CMU Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2019

16 May 2019
Lots of amazing work from CMU Graphics to appear at SIGGRAPH 2019—check it out!

Katherine Ye Named MSR PhD Fellow

18 March 2019
Katherine Ye has been named a 2019 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow. She joins 10 students nationwide whose PhD research will be supported by MSR for the next two years. Katherine's work is making it possible to automatically turn plain-text mathematical equations into beautiful diagrams—find out more at http://penrose.ink. Congrats Katherine!

Jessica Hodgins Named ACM Fellow

18 December 2018
Our very own Jessica Hodgins has been named an ACM Fellow for her contributions to character animation, human simulation and humanoid robotics. The ACM Fellowship recognizes excellence, as evidenced by technical, professional and leadership contributions that advance computing, promote the free exchange of ideas, and advance the objectives of ACM. Read all about Jessica's award here. Congrats Jessica!

Keenan Crane Named Packard Fellow

15 October 2018
Keenan Crane has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow. The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, supporting blue-sky thinking of scientists and engineers in the hopes that their research will lead to new discoveries that improve people’s lives and enhance our understanding of the universe. Crane's work explores how the shapes and motions we observe in nature can be faithfully expressed in a language that is completely finite and discrete, and can hence be understood by computers. Read more about it here.

CMU Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2018

4 August 2018
We'll be presenting a bunch of new work at SIGGRAPH 2018. Take a look!

Matt O’Toole Joins CMU Graphics!

4 August 2018
We are very happy to welcome Matthew O'Toole to the CMU Graphics Group.  Matt will join us this fall as a faculty member with joint appointments in the Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department; he does fundamental work in computational imaging, a field that combines optics, electronics, and processing in new and interesting ways to capture and display visual information. In particular, he's interested in using programmable lights and cameras to analyze the world around us.  Matt received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2016, and is currently a postdoc at Stanford. Welcome to CMU, Matt!

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.