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28 July 2013

Katayanagi Prize Winners Announced!

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

Kayvon would like to add that he has been lucky to have some great advisors.

15 July 2013

The CMU Graphics Lab will be presenting the following papers this summer at SIGGRAPH 2013 and HPG 2013.


High Performance Graphics 2013

Early this spring, Jennifer and Liz published at IEEE FG 2013.

IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2013)

29 July 2012


Congratulations to the authors of the papers to be presented at Siggraph 2012:

28 July 2012

SCA 2012

Three papers co-authored by graphics lab members will be presented at the Symposium on Computer Animation 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland:

Congratulations to the authors!

10 May 2012


Graphics lab members Eakta Jain and Ronit Slyper successfully defended their Ph.D theses. Eakta presented "Attention-guided Algorithms to Retarget and Augment Animations, Stills and Videos" and Ronit presented "Sensing Through Structure". Eakta is joining Texas Instruments to work on algorithms for augmented reality and natural gestures. Ronit will start a post-doctoral position at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Congratulations Eakta and Ronit!!

30 April 2012

Best Paper Honorable Mention at ICCP

Raoul de Charette, Robert Tamburo, Peter Barnum, Anthony Rowe, Takeo Kanade and Srinivasa Narasimhan won the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award for their paper titled "Fast Reactive Illumination through Rain and Snow" at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography. Based on this work, they are building a vehicular headlight that will make it less stressful to drive in snowstorms and rainstorms.

28 April 2012

Sophie Joerg gets faculty position at Clemson University

Congratulations to Sophie Joerg, a postdoctoral fellow in the graphics lab, for her new position as Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at Clemson University. Sophie's research focuses on the perception of human-like motions and on developing new algorithms and tools for the animation of virtual characters. She is looking forward to continuing her research at Clemson University and to teaching courses in Clemson's Ph.D. program in Computer Science and its M.F.A. in Digital Production Arts.

31 January 2012

CAREER Award for James Hays

Congratulations to graphics lab alumnus James Hays for receiving an NSF CAREER award. The award is a highly selective grant that the National Science Foundation awards to junior faculty members who are likely to become academic leaders of the future. The research funded by Jamesís CAREER award aims to understand, represent, and enhance scenes at the Internet-scale. James and his team are investigating "detail synthesis" tasks which alleviate camera shake, motion blur, defocus, or low resolution. A key insight behind this research is that Internet scale photo collections and scene matching provide an ideal, context-specific statistical model which can be used to insert convincing texture and object detail. To improve scene matching the team will study attribute-based representations of scenes -- a powerful intermediate representation for the next generation of big data imaging research.
James Hays received his Ph.D. in 2009, working with Alexei Efros, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University.

1 December 2011

Siggraph Asia 2011

Find out how to do cross-domain image searches this year at Siggraph Asia by attending the following talk:

Tech Crunch wrote about the results of the paper in an article titled CMU Researchers One-Up Google Image Search And Photosynth With Visual Similarity Engine. The Pittsburgh local media also quotes Alexei Efros in a recent article in Pop City on innovation.

Congratulations to the authors!

1 November 2011

SCS dissertation award goes to graphics lab alumnus

Congratulations to Jean-François Lalonde, the winner of this year's SCS Dissertation award. The thesis titled Understanding and Recreating Visual Appearance Under Natural Illumination has also been nominated for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation award. Teaser

Jean-François recently received his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, under the supervision of Profs Alexei (Alyosha) Efros and Srinivasa Narasimhan.

4 October 2011


Former graphics lab animation designer, Moshe Mahler, has made his animated short film "AnimalZ" viewable online. The short film was completed in 2010 and shown over the last year at various film festivals, including SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver.

AnimalZ from Moshe Mahler on Vimeo.

20 September 2011

Kayvon Fatahalian joins the CMU Graphics Lab

Kayvon Fatahalian has recently joined the CMU Graphics Lab as an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science. Kayvon graduated with a PhD from Stanford University in 2010 and in the past year he worked for Lytro, a Silicon Valley startup. Prior to Stanford, as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, Kayvon was also part of the Graphics Lab. His research interests are in the areas of graphics and systems and his research focuses on the design of programming abstractions and efficient parallel systems for compute-intensive applications such as interactive graphics. For the fall 2011 semester Kayvon will be teaching Graphics and Imaging Architectures. Welcome Kayvon!