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2015 Steven A. Coons Award: Henry Fuchs

Henry FuchsSource: ACM SIGGRAPH Press Release, 2015

ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to award the 2015 Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics to Henry Fuchs, for his contributions in augmented and virtual reality, telepresence and graphics hardware, and his lifetime of contributions in leading and educating the leaders in the field of computer graphics.

In his earliest work, Henry described one of the first 3D digitizing technologies, and went on to contribute much of the foundational work on visibility computation. From there, he developed some of the earliest specialized hardware for computer graphics. The multiple Pixel-Planes and Pixel Flow systems developed at UNC introduced novel architecture and algorithms, influencing the evolution of graphics hardware and systems for interactive graphics that is now ubiquitous today.

Henry has made significant contributions to augmented reality, particularly in the areas of video see-through displays, and wide area tracking. Many of these advances have been motivated by applications in medicine; informative visualizations during surgery or exams, and telecollaboration. During a panel in SIGGRAPH 2014 he discussed the historical development of wearable displays including many pioneering contributions from his laboratory. His 1998 SIGGRAPH Paper, “The Office of the Future: A Unified Approach to Image-Based Modeling and Spatially Immersive Displays,” was unique in that it not only defined components of a system, but laid out a vision of how telecollaboration might evolve.

Henry's contributions to ACM SIGGRAPH extend well beyond his own research. In his 40 years in academia, he has educated and graduated many of the most recognized and accomplished leaders in the field of computer graphics. Henry earned his PhD from the University of Utah in 1975, and spent three years at the University of Texas as an assistant professor before joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, where he is currently the Federico Gill Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. He is the recipient of the 1992 ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award, became an ACM Fellow in 1994, and in 2013, received the IEEE-VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award.

ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to recognize Henry Fuch's achievements with the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Steven Anson Coons Award.

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