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Anthony D. DeRose to Receive ACM SIGGRAPH 99 Computer Graphics Achievement Award
 
For immediate release
30 June 1999
 
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Sheila Hoffmeyer
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ACM SIGGRAPH will present Anthony D. DeRose with the 1999 Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his seminal work in making subdivision surfaces a practical geometric modeling technique. DeRose will receive his award at SIGGRAPH 99, 8-13 August, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
 
"Although there are many hopefuls waiting in the wings, there are only two widely accepted geometric primitives in computer graphics -- polygons and parametric patches," said SIGGRAPH Award Chair Bert Herzog. "DeRose's work, and the wide range of activity that it has sparked, will surely add another primitive to the geometric modeler's pantheon: subdivision surfaces."
 
DeRose's work spans a wide range of topics in geometric modeling, starting with a characterization of geometric continuity in terms of differential geometry. A series of papers set up the basic framework and mathematical foundation for transforming clouds of scanned 3D points into useful geometric objects, and for the connection between subdivision and multi-resolution wavelet techniques. DeRose has published on many other phases of geometric design.
 
With his students, many of whom have gone on to establish major research reputations, as well as with colleagues, DeRose has been a versatile collaborator. Aside from work on geometric design, he has collaborated on global illumination using wavelets, VLSI CAD systems, image-based rendering, user interface mechanisms, discontinuity meshing, parallel computing, and ray tracing. Perhaps the most fascinating and under-appreciated work has been his creation of an elegant and powerful system for programming geometric systems in a coordinate-free manner.
 
DeRose has an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley under Brian Barsky. His graphics work quickly helped to put the University of Washington on the map in the decade he spent there. DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios where he was a major contributor to "Geri's Game," winner of the 1997 Academy Award for a short animated film.
 
"DeRose has consistently demonstrated a style concentrating on important fundamental groundwork rather than on flashy but shallow results," said Herzog. "His creativity, his wide collaboration, and his impressive list of students marks DeRose as a major contributor to the field of computer graphics in a quiet, but yet outstanding way."
 
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