News and Events
- Sept 2012: Imager welcomes new postdoc Chongyang Ma and visiting scholar Marco Livesu (both working with Alla Sheffer).
Imager has two papers in InfoVis '12:
Sedlmair, Meyer & Munzner, and
Sedlmair, Frank, Munzner & Butz.
Imager team Leung, Tang, Haddad and McGrenere have published a paper in Trans Accessible Computing - "How Older Adults Learn to Use Mobile Devices: Survey and Field Investigations".
Imager postdoc Matthias Hullin just received the Otto Hahn Medal
for his PhD work.
Imager will present
technical papers at SIGGRAPH 2012.
Imager alum Ron Maharik won the
Faculty of Science Graduate Prize for his MSc record.
Imager members won the Best Student Paper (HCI Track) at
Graphics Interface 2012
for "Individual Differences in Personal Task Management: A Field Study in an
Academic Setting" by Mona Haraty, Diane Tam, Shathel Hadad, Joanna McGrenere, and Charlotte Tang.
Imager faculty Joanna McGrenere, Dinesh Pai, and Alla Sheffer received
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Awards
in the 2012 competition.
Imager alum Gordon Wetzstein won the Alain Fournier Ph.D. Dissertation Annual Award for 2011.
Imager faculty member Joanna McGrenere won a CACS/AIC
Young Canadian Computer Science Prize for 2011.
Vincent Levesque, Louise Oram and Karon MacLean win Best Paper at 2012 Haptics Symposium
Karon MacLean's UBC-CS team (postdoc Vincent Levesque, now at Immersion Corp.
and Master's student Louise Oram) win Best Paper award at the
2012 IEEE Haptics
Symposium, held in Vancouver, March 4-7. Their paper,
the Design Space of Programmable Friction for Scrolling Interactions,
shows how novel
interaction design methods can leverage new touchscreen technologies (like
variable friction on glass surfaces) to make them more useful and informative.
Imager faculty Karon MacLean co-chairs the
IEEE Haptics Symposium in Vancouver, on March 4-8. Drop by to see 50 demos of int'l cutting-edge research targeting the sense of touch, and much more.
Imager faculty Dinesh Pai will give the
at the ACM SIGGRAPH I3D conference this year.
Imager has four papers appearing
at CHI 2012, part of eight from UBC.
Imager faculty Wolfgang Heidrich received the
McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, one of UBC's most presitigious
PC World lists the
friction touch pad interaction techniques developed in Imager/SPIN
as one of the top ten tech research projects from the past year.
Watch the video here.
Imager faculty Alla Sheffer and collaborators
first prize in the 2011 International Audi Production Award competition,
for their work on energy-efficient tool paths in CNC machining.
Congratulations to recent Imager graduates:
Rock Leung and Gordon Wetzstein (PhD);
Tao Su, and
Suwen Wang (MSc).
The Adventures of Tintin
includes Imager member Robert Bridson in its credits for R&D work done at
Weta Digital during his recent stay in New Zealand.
Imager welcomes new postdoc
(with Karon MacLean). Kerem comes to us from Bilkent Unversity in
Turkey. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering, where he worked on
intelligent sensing, sensor signal processing and fusion, human motion
tracking and recognition, and system dynamics & control. In Imager lab,
he'll work on gesture recognition and emotion modeling
on our robot pet platform among other things.
Robert Bridson is featured in an FXGuide article
on the science of fluid simulation for graphics.
Ph.D. student Sang Hoon Yeo and Professor Dinesh K. Pai, in
collaboration with biologists in the US, shed new light on a long
standing problem in biology: how our muscles actually work.
The paper appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B:
Sketching Haptics: a workshop by Camille Moussette (Umeå Institute of Design) with Karon MacLean.
A fresh approach to quickly brainstorming and prototyping actuated movement, using Arduino microprocessing and quick-and-dirty hands-on methods.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes includes Robert Bridson in the credits for R&D work from his recent stay at Weta Digital in New Zealand.
The Symposium on Computer Animation 2011 (co-chaired by Michiel van de Panne and Robert Bridson) was held at UBC at the start of August, just before SIGGRAPH.
The IEEE Haptics Symposium (co-chaired by Karon MacLean) in Vancouver, March 2012, released its first Call for Submissions.
Dinesh Pai is co-organizing the international workshop Multimodal and Sensorimotor Bionics in July in Munich, jointly between UBC and Technische Universitat Munchen.
Congratulations to seven Imager graduates (PhDs, MSc and postdocs) moving on to SAP, Google, Stanford, Microsfot, Inria, Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
Newly minted Doctorates are Shinjiro Sueda and Rock Leung. Rock will be managing the Academic Research Center at SAP North America.
Former postdoc Benjamin Gilles is now a Charge de Rechereche (permanent researcher) at INRIA in Montpellier, France. Former postdoc Atsutoshi Ikeda is now an Assistant Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.
Recent Master's graduates include Andrej Karpathy (starting a summer internship at Google in Mountain View, then on to a Stanford PhD; Jennifer Fernquist (completing an Autodesk internship and moving on to Google; Gordon Chang is moving to Microsoft Redmond.
Imager welcomes three new postdocs this month: Brian Gleeson (with Karon MacLean), and Matthias Hullin and Emishaw Iffa (with Wolfgang Heidrich)
Brian Gleeson comes from University of Utah Mechanical Engineering where he worked on haptics and tactile perception. He'll work with Karon MacLean on human-robot interaction and industry partner General Motors, on the problem of bringing workers into direct collaborative contact with assembly line robots, currently prohibitively dangerous.
Matthias Hullin, formerly at Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science, has joined Wolfgang's group as a post-doc. His PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Saarbrücken, Germany) tackled problems in the fields of graphics and vision that arise when common assumptions about light transport are violated. In particular, he developed a 3D scanning technique for "unscannable" materials such as glass (SIGGRAPH 2008), a data-driven reflectance model for fluorescent surfaces (SIGGRAPH 2010), and came up with a prototypical device that dynamically displays "materials" -- as opposed to "colours" -- by shaping the angular distribution of reflectance on its surface (Eurographics 2011). More recently, he's looked into real-time rendering of lens flare (SIGGRAPH 2011), and dabbled in HCI/ubiquitous computing with an ongoing project.
Emishaw Iffa has from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
(Mechanical Engineering, especially fluid imaging) to work with Wolfgang Heidrich.
Imager welcomes two faculty visitors for a few weeks' stay: Dr. Andrea d'Avella, from the IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome, and Dr. Pierre-Brice Wieber from INRIA Rhone Alpes (Grenobles).
Dr. Pierre-Brice Wieber from INRIA Rhone Alpes (Grenobles)
will be visiting us from June 8-18. His interests are in modeling, optimization, and control for humanoid motion. His control algorithms can be found in the
Nao humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics.
Dr. Andrea d'Avella is hosted by Dinesh Pai. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome, Italy
Two recent Imager doctorates are recipients of Best Canadian dissertation awards in HCI and Computer Graphics - Stelian Coros (supervised by Michiel van de Panne) and Garth Shoemaker (supervised by Kelly Booth).
Stelian Coros, supervised by Michiel van de Panne, won the Alain Fournier Dissertation Award. The award is given annually to the best doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university in the field of Computer Graphics.
Garth Shoemaker, supervised by Kelly Booth, is the co-winner of the Bill Buxton Dissertation Award. Daniel Vogel from University of Toronto shares the award with Garth. The award is given to the best doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
Justine Cassell (Director of CMU's HCI Institute) gave an Imager Lab Colloquia - "The Human at the Heart of our Work: Advancing Social Theory and Engineering Practice", May 6.
Imager PhD student Gordon Wetzstein (with Heidrich) received the Best Paper award at the Int'l Conference for Computational Photography (ICCP)
Imager Lab has eight Siggraph papers accepted or conditionally accepted (~10% of the Siggraph papers program).
Kori Inkpen (Microsoft Research Labs, Redmond) gave an Imager Lab Colloquia: "Connecting Kids with Video", April 14.
Steven "Smlomo" Gortler (Robert I. Goldman Professor of Computer
Science at Harvard University) gave an Imager Lab Colloquia: "Springs Springs Springs and Struts", April 12.
PhD student Steve Yohanan (with MacLean) received the Best Paper award at the ACM/IEEE Human Robot Interaction conference
NSERC awards $625K to trans-Canada team, including MacLean, for novel human-robot research to support advanced manufacturing at General Motors Canada.
Croft (UBC Mech) with MacLean and colleagues at Laval and McGill won a $625K Collaborative Research and Development Grant from NSERC for research that will let industrial robots "out of the cage" with close, physical interactions with human workers on General Motors' manufacturing floor.
Imager Lab (and a close friend) will have 3 full papers at Worldhaptics 2011 in Istanbul in June.
Perception of Sound Renderings via Vibrotactile Feedback.
Pedrosa, R. ad MacLean, E.E., WHC'11
The Haptic Crayola Effect: Exploring the Role of Naming in Learning Haptic Stimuli.
Hwang, I., MacLean, K. E., Brehmer, M., Hendy, J., Sotirakopoulos, A., and Choi, S., WHC'11.
Ef?acy of Shared-Control Guidance Paradigms for Robot-Mediated Training.
Dane Powell (visitor in MacLean's lab), Marcia K. O'Malley, WHC'11
Brian Wyville (University of Victoria) delivered an Imager Lab Colloquia on March 4: "Implicit Modelling Past, Present and Future."
UBC Computer Science is hosting the ACM Siggraph Symposium on Computer Animation, 2011 SCA, Aug 5-7.
Imager student graduations: Garth Shoemaker obtained his PhD and is now working as a postdoc with Kelly Booth.
Mary Czerwinski (Microsoft Research) delivered a UBC-CS Distinguished Speaker seminar.
CS Undergraduate Student Research Competition:
HCI undergraduates Juliette Link (supervised by McGrenere and Booth) and Louise Oram (by MacLean) tied for first place.
Imager Lab will have 4 full papers and 2 Interactivity Demos at CHI 2011, and one full paper at HRI 2011!
Design and Assessment of the Haptic Creature's Affect Display.
Yohanan, S. and MacLean, K. E., HRI'11
Parameter Selection in Keyboard-Based Dialog Boxes.
Hendy, J., Link, J., Booth, K.S., and McGrenere, J., CHI'11.
Enhancing Physicality in Touch Interaction with Programmable Friction.
Levesque, V., Oram, L., MacLean, K. E., Cockburn, A., Marchuk, N., Johnson, D., Colgate, J. E., and Peshkin, M., CHI'11.
Now, Where Was I? Physiologically Triggered Bookmarks for Audio Books
Pan, M. K. X. J., Chang, J.-S., Himmetoglu, G. H., Moon, A., Hazelton, T. W., MacLean, K. E., and Croft, E. A., CHI'11.
Detecting Vibrations across the Body in Mobile Contexts,
Karuei, I., MacLean, K. E., Foley-Fisher, Z., Mackenzie, R., Koch, S., and El-Zohairy, M., CHI'11.
Imager student graduations:
Stelian Coros successfully defended his PhD
thesis with Michiel van de Panne and
will soon start a two year postdoc at Disney / ETH in Zurich.
Imager postdoc Nicolas Bonneel won best paper award at the VIsion,
Modeling, and Visualization 2010 (VMV 2010) held recently in Germany,
for the paper Proxy-Guided Texture Synthesis for Rendering Natural
Tamara Munzner and other participants on the Perspectives
on Teaching Data Visualization panel won Best Panel award at
Imager welcomes two new postdocs - Charlotte Tang, working with Joanna McGrenere, and Michael Sedlmair, with Joanna McGrenere.
Imager faculty sabbaticals: Robert Bridson is at Weta in New Zealand
for the year, and Alla Sheffer is at INRIA in France.
Imager faculty sabbaticals: Robert Bridson is at Weta in New Zealand
for the year, and Alla Sheffer is at INRIA in France.
Wolfgang Heidrich and
Karon Maclean are now promoted to full
professors, and Robert Bridson is now an associate professor.
Imager student graduations: Derek Bradley has finished a
PhD with Wolfgang Heidrich and is now a postdoc at Disney Research Zurich,
Christopher Batty has finished a PhD with Robert Bridson, and
Jen Fernquist and Russ MacKenzie have finished their
MScs with Kelly Booth.
A new 8-camera Vicon mocap system has just arrived, as part
of the ICICS Human Sensorimotor Systems theme.
May 2010: Graduated Imager PhD student Tiberiu Popa received the Alain Fournier Award for the best Canadian Computer Graphics Dissertation in 2009. Congratulations, Tibi!
April 2010: The Siggraph 2010 paper acceptances are out,
and Imager researchers have had a pretty good year. The list of the
papers we have contributed to is:
Coded Aperture Projection (TOG Paper)
Max Grosse, (Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar), Gordon Wetzstein (University of British Columbia), Anselm Grundhofer (Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar), Oliver Bimber (Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar and Johannes Kepler University Linz)
High Resolution Passive Facial Performance Capture
Derek Bradley, Wolfgang Heidrich, Tiberiu Popa, Alla Sheffer (University of British Columbia)
Matching Fluid Simulation Elements to Surface Geometry and Topology
Tyson Brochu, Christopher Batty, Robert Bridson (University of British Columbia)
Sampling-based Contact-rich Motion Control
Libin Liu, KangKang Yin (Microsoft Research Asia), Michiel van de Panne (University of British Columbia), Tianjia Shao, Weiwei Xu (Microsoft Research Asia)
Generalized Biped Walking Control
Stelian Coros, Philippe Beaudoin, Michiel van de Panne (University of British Columbia)
April 2010: NSERC scholarships are awarded to Imager students Farbod Roosta-Khorasani (Graphics), James Gregson (Graphics), Russ MacKenzie (HCI) and Jonathan Chang (HCI). Congratulations!
April 2010: Imager faculty member Joanna McGrenere
was appointed an
Early Career: Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
April 2010: Imager faculty members Michiel van de Panne and Wolfgang Heidrich both
received an NSERC
Discovery Accelerator Supplement. The objective of the NSERC DAS
is to provide "substantial and timely additional resources to
accelerate progress and maximize the impact of outstanding research
programs". There were 12 DAS recipients in Computer Science across
February 2010: Avatar wins
six VES awards, including single best visual effect of 2009; Weta Digital
used software co-developed by Imager faculty member Robert Bridson to simulate
water in that scene and elsewhere in the film.
December 2010: GRAND NCE hosted by Imager's Kellog Booth: UBC to host National New Media and Animation Research Network.
December 2010: Imager members presented three papers at Siggraph Asia 2009
on task control, deformable models, and
August 2009: Imager faculty member Robert Bridson helps unveil start-up
company he cofounded, Exotic Matter, developing software for physics-based
animation in film visual effects. (more)
April 2009: Imager faculty member Joanna McGrenere
and her students Leah Findlater, Karyn Moffatt, and Jessica Dawson win Best Paper at CHI 2009 for their
work on ephemeral adaptation.
March 2009: Imager faculty members receive prestigious UBC awards: Ron
Rensink is awarded the Killam Research Prize in Arts and Alla Sheffer is
awarded a Killam Faculty Research Fellowship. (more)
January 2009: Work by Imager faculty Robert
Bridson and Imager alumni Yongning Zhu and Brent Williams is
featured in CGWorld
magazine next month, concerning its use for visual effects in last
summer's film Hell Boy II: The Golden Army
- December 2008 Imager researchers have another great run of papers
at a major conference. Lab members contributed to 6 projects presented at the
first Siggraph Asia conference,
located in Singapore:
- Synthesis of Constrained Walking Skills, by Stelian Coros, Philippe Beaudoin, KangKang Yin, Michiel van de Panne
- Non-homogeneous Resizing of Complex Models, by Vladislav Kraevoy, Alla Sheffer, Daniel Cohen-Or, Ariel Shamir
- Time-resolved 3D Capture of Non-stationary Gas Flows, by Bradley Atcheson, Ivo Ihrke, Wolfgang Heidrich, Art Tevs, Derek Bradley, Marcus Magnor, Hans-Peter Seidel
- Staggered Projections for Frictional Contact in Multibody Systems, by Danny Kaufman, Shinjiro Sueda, Doug James, Dinesh Pai
- Reusable Skinning Templates Using Cage-based Deformations, by Tao Ju, Qian-Yi Zhou, Michiel van de Panne, Daniel Cohen-Or, Ulrich Neumann
- Space-time Surface Reconstruction Using Incompressible Flow, by Andrei Sharf, Dan Alcantara, Thomas Lewiner, Chen Greif, Alla Sheffer, Nina Amenta, Daniel Cohen-Or
- October 20, 2008: Dolby Laboratories, and the University of British Columbia announced the establishment of the Dolby Research Chair in Computer Science for Dr. Wolfgang Heidrich. The Chair will support Dr. Heidrich's research program in high dynamic range (HDR) displays, cameras, and image processing algorithms, as well as perceptual studies in HDR and related technologies.
- August 2008: Imager Faculty Robert Bridson's
first book, on fluid simulation,
sells out at SIGGRAPH. Bridson also co-wrote fluid simulation software for Double Negative
Visual Effects that was used in movies The Dark Knight and Hell Boy II: The Golden Army.
- July 2008: Imager Faculty Joanna McGrenere
and Alla Sheffer are promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
- June 2008 The following Imager students
received graduate fellowships for 2008—2009:
- Christopher Batty, NSERC CGS-D (continuing)
- Derek Bradley, NSERC CGS-D (continuing)
- Tyson Brochu, NSERC PGS-D
- Stelian Coros, NSERC CGS
- Peter McLachlan, NSERC PGS-D (continuing)
- Allan Rempel, UBC Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship
- Cody Robson, UBC UGF
- Garth Shoemaker, NSERC PGS-D (continuing), DRDC NSERC Supplement (continuing)
- Gordon Wetzstein, UBC UGF
- Mark Wiebe, Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarship
- James Zhou, NSERC PGS-M
- June 2008: Alla Sheffer receives the
UBC Computer Science Incredible Instructor
award for spring 2007.
- May 2008: Former Imager graduate student
Abhijeet Ghosh receives the
Alain Fournier Award for the best Canadian Computer Graphics
Dissertation. The award committee specifically cited Abhijeet's outstanding
research contributions to computer graphics, as well as his leadership in the
research community and the home university. Congratulations, Abhijeet!
- Apr 2008: The
Siggraph 2008 paper acceptances are
out, and Imager researchers have had a phenomenal year. Here is a list of the
seven papers we have contributed to:
- Marker-free Garment Capture, by
Wolfgang Heidrich, Tamy Boubekeur
- Animating Developable Surfaces with Nonconforming Elements
by Elliot English and
- Musculotendon Simulation for Hand Animation
by Shinjiro Sueda,
Dinesh K. Pai
- Continuation Methods for Adapting Physics-based Skills
by KangKang Yin,
Michiel van de Panne
- Upright Orientation of Man-Made Objects
by Hongbo Fu,
Daniel Cohen-Or, Gideon Dror,
- Curved Folding
by Martin Kilian, Simon Flory, Zhonggui Chen, Niloy J. Mitra,
Alla Sheffer, Helmut Pottmann
- Fluorescent Immersion Range Scanning
by Matthias Hullin, Martin Fuchs,
Hans-Peter Seidel, Hendrik Lensch
- Apr 2008: Wolfgang Heidrich presents an invited
lecture entitled "Bringing High Dynamic Range to your Living Room" at the
Spring Conference on Computer Graphics in
- Mar 2008: Imager PhD student Mario
Enriquez and faculty member Karon MacLean win the Best Haptics Science
Paper Award at the 2008 Haptics Symposium for "The Role of Choice in
Longitudinal Recall of Meaningful Tactile Signals".
- Nov 2007: Dinesh Pai is awarded a
3-year $500,000 Major Thematic Grant on "Sensorimotor Computation"
from the Peter Wall Institute.
- Nov 2007: Three Imager graphics PhDs
convocate in the November graduation ceremony: KangKang Yin, Abhijeet
Ghosh, and Vladislav Kraevoy. Abhijeet Ghosh has jointed the USC
Institute for Creative Technologies. KangKang Yin and Vladislav
Kraevoy are staying on as post-doctoral fellows. Welcome again!
- Nov 2007: Imager PhD student KangKang
Yin completed an internship this summer at Honda Research America in
Mountain View, California.
- Nov 2007: Philippe Beaudoin from the
Universite de Montreal will soon be joining us soon as a postdoctoral
- Nov 2007: Michiel van de Panne gives
an invited talk for the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics seminar at
Cornell University: "Simple Controllers for Flexible, Balance-aware
- Nov 2007: PhD student Christopher Batty receives a 2-year NSERC CGS
- Nov 2007 Tamara Munzner is awarded a
US$50,000 grant from AT&T Research.
- Oct 2007 Tamara Munzner is awarded a
US$50,000 grant from Google.
- Oct 2007 PhD Student Karyn Moffatt and Imager faculty member Joanna
McGrenere win the 2007 ACM SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award for
their paper "Slipping
and Drifting: Using Older Users to Uncover Pen-based Target
- Oct 2007 Imager faculty member
Tamara Munzner, UBC CS faculty member Nando de
Freitas, UVic faculty and former Imager postdoc Melanie Tory, and SFU faculty
Möller are awarded a 3-year NSERC Strategic Grant ($489,648)
for "Visually Enhanced Exploration of High-Dimensional Data", with
industrial partners Broadband TV, Enquisite, and Worio.
- Oct 18, 2007 An Imager research team comprised
of former PhD student Abhijeet Ghosh, former M.Sc student Shruthi Achutha,
former B.Sc student Matthew O'Toole, and faculty member Wolfgang Heidrich
wins a Marr Prize Honorable Mention at ICCV 2007 for their work on
Basis Function BRDF Measurement.
- Sep 20, 2007 Former Imager PhD student
joins the Graphics Lab
at the Institute for Creative
Technologies at USC as permanent research staff.
- Aug 2007 Michiel van de Panne is
program co-chair (with Eric Saund, PARC) of the 2007 Eurographics
Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, held in Riverside,
California on August 3,4.
- Aug 8, 2007: Eric Brochu and Nando de Freitas from the LCI Lab, and Imager PhD
Candidate Abhijeet Ghosh win the ACM Student
Research Competition (SRC) at SIGGRAPH 2007 for their poster on
"Preference Galleries for Material Design".
- Jul 2007 PhD student Tiberiu Popa received a Pacific Century Graduate
Scholarship for the 07-08 academic year.
- Jul 4, 2007: Daniel Cohen-Or from Tel Aviv
University joins Imager for a 1-year sabbatical stay.
- May 2, 2007: Imager will present 4 papers at ACM
SIGGRAPH 2007. All of the papers are first-authored by UBC students or faculty.
- Apr 22-27, 2007: Imager faculty Dinesh Pai
and Wolfgang Heidrich deliver two of six keynotes at the
Dagstuhl seminar Visual Computing:
Convergence of Computer Graphics and Computer Vision. Pai talks
on "Visual Computing in Sensorimotor Biology", while the title of Heidrich's
talk is "Towards a High Dynamic Range Imaging Pipeline".
- Apr 25, 2007: It is now official: BrightSide Technologies, the UBC
spinoff company that commercializes the high dynamic range image technology
that many Imager members have contributed to, has been sold to
Dolby Labs. BrightSide is now Dolby Canada
and will continue its imaging research and development in Vancouver.
Imager is looking forward to continuing collaborations with the Dolby
- Apr 1, 2007: Former Imager PhD student Roger Tam starts in the UBC Department
of Radiology as an Assistant Professor.
- Mar 2007 PhD student Peter McLachlan is awarded a 3-year NSERC PGS
- Mar 11, 2007: Wolfgang Heidrich
delivers a keynote address on "High Dynamic Range Imaging and Display"
at the GRAPP (Graphics Theory and
Applications) and VISAPP (Vision Theory
and Applications) conferences in Barcelona, Spain.
- Mar 1, 2007: Wolfgang Heidrich
enters a collaborative research agreement with NVIDIA.
Heidrich and Imager graduate student
Gordon Wetzstein will work
closely with David Luebke from NVIDIA Research on novel imaging
and display technology. NVIDIA will support the UBC activities with
- Jan 2007 Imager faculty member
Tamara Munzner is awarded a US$25,000 grant from Agilent Labs.
- Jan 2007: PhD student Andrea Bunt,
together with her co-supervisors Joanna McGrenere and Cristina Conati,
win best paper at the Intelligent
User Interfaces Conference (IUI) for their paper on Supporting
Interface Customization Using a Mixed-Initiative Approach
- Dec 7, 2006: Imager PhD student
Allan Rempel wins
NSERC/MITACS Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship with BrightSide Technologies.
- November 2006: Imager faculty member Alla Sheffer and UBC CS
faculty member James Little receive a GEOIDE NCE grant to investigate
Extraction of Terrain and Vegetation Layers from LIDAR Data.
- Nov 2006: Dinesh Pai joins Imager as a faculty member and
Canada Research Chair, with interests in computer
graphics, animation and simulation, and sensori-motor computation.
Welcome Dinesh! This brings us to 6 faculty with interests
related to computer graphics, animation, and visualization.
Current faculty, postdocs, and graduate students have
authored or co-authored a total of 21 SIGGRAPH papers during 2000-2006.
In the past four years, Imager faculty have co-chaired the premiere conferences
that are specific to information visualization (InfoVis),
geometric modeling (SGP),
and animation (SCA).
- Oct 2006:
Imager PhD students Cheryl Lau, Andrea Bunt, and Mario Enriquez win Precarn Scholarships.
- Oct 26, 2006:
Wolfgang Heidrich speaks in the newly established
Computer Science Faculty Talk series, and presents results from
multi-disciplinary research on high dynamic range imaging and display,
conducted in Imager, UBC Physics and Astronomy, and UBC spinoff
company Brightside Technologies. Hardware and algorithms developed
during this collaborative effort have significant potential
to impact the $20+ billion dollar world-wide market for televisions and monitors.
- Oct 16, 2006:
Imager masters student Zephyr Zhangbo Liu was one of the
first 25 contestants to 100% correctly complete all of the
challenges in Part 2 of the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest.
He also completed Part 1 of the contest. According to IBM,
he cranked through those challenges impressively fast -- nice work!
He wins a 4GB iPOD nano and would like to thank Prof. Kelly Booth
for his support and encouragement. Unfortunately, he's too busy to enter Part 3.
Find out more.
- Oct 13, 2006:
Imager hosts visitor Malcolm Slaney of Yahoo! Research,
speaking on "The 3Rs of Internet Multimedia: Recommendations, Relevance, and Replicas"
- Oct 3, 2006:
Ivo Ihrke from the
Informatik is visiting the lab. He will stay until the end of November
to work on a Siggraph project with Bradley Atcheson and Wolfgang
- Sep 8, 2006:
Tamy Boubekeur, Xavier Granier, Christophe Schlick (all
from LaBRI/INRIA Futurs, Bordeaux), and Imager faculty member Wolfgang
Heidrich win the
Eurographics 2006 Günter Enderle Award, as well as the Eurographics
Best Student Paper Award for their paper
"Volume-Surface Trees" on
research conducted during Tamy's visit at UBC during the summer of 2005.
- Sep 2006: Florence Bertails joins us as a postdoc. She has
recently completed her PhD thesis on the simulation of virtual hair,
part of which was presented in a SIGGRAPH 2006 paper on
Super Helices for predicting the dynamics of natural hair.
- Fall 2006:
PhD students Leah Findlater and Karyn Moffatt interning at IBM
Toronto Lab and IBM TJ Watson
- Aug 2006:
Generalized Cylinder rendering technique developed by
Ivan Neulander and Imager faculty member Michiel van de Panne
is used as basis for hair rendering in "The Chronicles of Narnia", as
presented in a
SIGGRAPH 2006 course.
- Jul 14, 2006:
Karon MacLean and Joseph Luk featured in New Scientist story
"Gadgets get the feel of the tactile world"
- Jul 1, 2006:
Imager PhD student and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Barry Po has joined Cogneto,
a company specializing if authentication technology,
as Director of User Experience under a two-year NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowship.
He joints former Imager/LCI alumnus Dr. Andrew Csinger, the Chief Strategy Officer for Cogneto.
- Jun 26-28, 2006:
The Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing,
co-chaired by Imager faculty member Alla Sheffer, is taking place
in Cagliari, Sardinia.
- Jun 26-28, 2006:
The Eurographics Symposium on Rendering, co-chaired by
Imager faculty member Wolfgang Heidrich, is taking place in Nicosia,
- Jun 2006:
The ABF++ algorithm
co-authored by Alla Sheffer is included in the most recent release of the
Blender open-source modeler.
- May 2006: Imager faculty member Alla
Sheffer joins MITACS NCE "Mathematical Surface Representations for
Conceptual Design" project as a Co-PI.
- Jun 2006:
Joanna McGrenere wins
IBM Faculty Award
- May 2006:
PhD student Vladislav Kraevoy receives UBC UGF award
- Apr 2006:
Imager faculty member Kelly Booth wins Faculty of Science Achievement Award, UBC, April 2006.
- Apr, 2006:
Imager Lab presents 4 full papers (including Best paper) at ACM CHI Conference (Montreal) and runs a 2-day workshop
on cognitive technologies. Joseph
Luk, Karon MacLean and McGill collaborators win Best Paper at
CHI 2006, for their paper
"Haptics as a Solution for Mobile Interaction
Challenges: Initial Design Using a Handheld Tactile Display
Prototype", which presents a completely new haptic display modality
and lessons on how to design the language it speaks.
- Apr 1, 2006
Imager NSERC postdoctoral fellow Dr. Melanie Tory has joined the
Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria
as an assistant professor.
- Apr 1, 2006
NSERC has awarded a Research Tools and Instrumentation Grant
($113,000) for a "Direct Multi-Touch Interaction for a Very Large Wall
Display" to Dr. Kellogg Booth, Alla Sheffer, Michiel van de Panne, and
four other UBC collaborators. Industrial partner SMART Technologies
Inc. (Calgary AB) is contributing $25,000 to the project that will
develop a 16' by 9' interactive wall display that will be used to
develop new interaction techniques for group collaboration.
- Mar, 2006: Imager grad students Colin
Swindells, Evgeny Maksakov and supervisor Karon MacLean are runner up
for Best Paper at the IEEE Haptics Symposium in Washington DC for
their paper "The
Role of Prototyping Tools for Haptic Behavior Design", featuring
an interactive tool for creating, exploring and teaching haptic
renderings of dynamic physical models.
- Mar 3, 2006: Derek Bradley wins a 3 year Canada Graduate
Scholarship (CGS-D) from NSERC. Congratulations, Derek!
- Mar 2006:
NIH/NSF Visualization Research Challenges Report
published, co-authored by Imager faculty member Tamara Munzner.
- Jan 2006:
Alla Sheffer receives
IBM Faculty Award
- Oct, 2005: Imager
students submit a paper on a course project and win Best Paper at the
ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI '06) in Trento, Italy
(course: CPSC 543 Physical interfaces, taught by Karon MacLean). All
the other course projects, lead by other Imager students, got accepted
as papers too! See
SPIN lab publications
- Oct 2005:
PhD students Andrea Bunt and Matthew Trentacoste win Precarn Scholarships
- Sep 2005:
Karyn Moffatt wins an NSERC PGS-D
- May 2005:
takes place in Victoria BC. Imager faculty member Kelly Booth serves
as general chair; Imager faculty member Michiel van de Panne serves as program co-chair for
- Apr 2005:
Joanna McGrenere and Karon MacLean are awarded a TLEF grant for
Team Based Learning and Studio Methods in Computer Science. Funds are
being used towards a state of the art teaching studio and curriculum for
Human Computer Interaction.
- Apr 2005:
Joanna McGrenere, together with Drs. Peter Graf and Maria
Klawe awarded a CIHR grant to investigate Technology Usability Across
the Adult Lifespan