During SIGGRAPH 2007, ACM SIGGRAPH will honor the following three industry innovators:
Steven A. Coons Award
Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis and
Computer Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The Steven A. Coons Award is given in odd-numbered years to an individual to honor that person's lifetime contribution to computer graphics and interactive techniques. This award is presented to Nelson Max in recognition of his work in pioneering scientific visualization, his deep technical contributions, and his generous participation in the encouragement and stimulation of ideas and intellectual exchange in computer graphics.
Computer Graphics Achievement Award
The Computer Graphics Achievement Award is given each year to recognize an individual for an outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques. ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to present Greg Ward with this award for advancing the state of the art of computer graphics and for making high-quality rendering accessible to a large community of users. His development of the Radiance Synthetic Imaging System promoted the use of computer graphics in applications requiring physical accuracy, and raised the bar for the quality and efficiency of graphics rendering algorithms.
Significant New Researcher Award
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
The Significant New Researcher Award is awarded annually to a researcher who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of computer graphics and is new to the field. The intent is to recognize people very early in their career who have already made a notable contribution and are likely to make more. ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to recognize Ravi Ramamoorthi for his groundbreaking work on mathematical representations and computational models for the visual appearance of objects.