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ACM SIGGRAPH Congratulates Henrik Wann Jensen, Stephen Marschner, and Pat Hanrahan on Their Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Award Given for Paper "A Practical Model for Subsurface Light Transport" Presented at SIGGRAPH 2001

(4 March 2004) ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to congratulate Henrik Wann Jensen, Stephen Marschner, and Pat Hanrahan on their Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award recognized their pioneering research in simulating subsurface scattering of light in translucent materials as presented in their SIGGRAPH 2001 paper, "A Practical Model for Subsurface Light Transport."

The Technical Achievement Award was presented because the mathematical model in their paper contributed substantially to the development and implementation of practical techniques for simulating subsurface scattering of light in translucent materials for computer-generated images in motion pictures. The subsurface scattering technique has been used in "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," which received 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets," "The Hulk," "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and more.

"Jensen, Marschner, and Hanrahan are long time SIGGRAPH conference contributors and papers committee members," said Alain Chesnais, ACM SIGGRAPH President. "The paper they presented at SIGGRAPH 2001 was heralded by attendees as groundbreaking research. It is a significant achievement that their work has now been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its value to the motion picture industry."

Colleagues at Stanford University when the research was conducted, Jensen is now Assistant Professor, Computer Graphics Laboratory, Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Steve Marschner is Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department at Cornell University, and Pat Hanrahan is the CANON USA Professor, Computer Graphics Laboratory, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments School of Engineering at Stanford University. Hanrahan received the Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2003.

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SIGGRAPH 2004 will bring the international computer graphics and interactive technology community from six continents to Los Angeles for the week-long conference, 8-12 August. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2004 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 10-12 August 2004.
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Conference 8-12 August, Exhibition 10-12 August.  In Los Angeles, CA