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13 May 2003

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Cambridge Astrophysicist Anthony Lasenby to Keynote SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference

Cambridge Astrophysicist Anthony Lasenby presents the SIGGRAPH 2003 keynote address, "Modeling the Cosmos: The Shape of the Universe," at the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, 29 31 July 2003 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

"One of today's leading cosmologists, Lasenby studies the shape and evolution of the universe," said Alyn Rockwood, SIGGRAPH 2003 conference chair from Colorado School of Mines. "He will share the fascination of this research in a presentation aimed at all levels and backgrounds. It includes a new geometric model that has surprising implications for cosmology and how we view and model the universe around us."

Anthony Lasenby is Professor of Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, and is currently Head of the Astrophysics Group and the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in the Cavendish Laboratory. He began his astronomical career with a PhD at Jodrell Bank, Manchester, specializing in the Cosmic Microwave Background, which has been a major subject of his research ever since. After a brief period at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the United States, he moved from Manchester to Cambridge in 1984, and has been at the Cavendish since then. He is the author or co-author of nearly 200 papers spanning a wide range of fields, from early universe cosmology to computer vision.

Lasenby's first introduction to Geometric Algebra came in 1988, when he encountered the work of David Hestenes for the first time, and since then he has been developing Geometric Algebra techniques and employing them in his research in many areas.

Immediately preceding the keynote, ACM SIGGRAPH will present three awards: The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics to Pat Hanrahan, Stanford University; the Computer Graphics Achievement Award to Peter Schröder, California Institute of Technology; and the Significant New Researcher Award to Mathieu Desbrun, University of Southern California.

Nearly 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents will gather at SIGGRAPH 2003 to showcase their best work to a multi-disciplinary international community. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2003 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 29 - 31 July 2003.

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