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26 May 2000
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David Salesin to Receive ACM SIGGRAPH 2000 Computer Graphics Achievement Award
(Chicago) -- ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting the first of this century's Computer Graphics Achievement Awards to David Salesin for pioneering the field of non-photorealistic rendering and introducing it to the SIGGRAPH community. Salesin will receive his award this summer at SIGGRAPH 2000, 23-38 July 2000, in New Orleans.
"Salesin's work on computer-generated pen and ink illustrations and subsequently computer-generated watercolors are considered landmarks in this emerging field," said SIGGRAPH Award Chair Ed Catmull. "For the past six years his publications in this area have been extremely significant and influential."
Salesin achieved this breadth and versatility with a broad educational background at institutions covering almost the entire field of computer graphics. As a computer science major, he graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1983, having received his start in computer graphics as an undergraduate researcher on projects such as electronic books and mathematical visualization. In 1991, Salesin finished his PhD in computational geometry under the supervision of Leonidas Guibas at Stanford University. He then spent the year with photorealistic rendering at the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University.
He has worked at Lucasfilm, Pixar, and both the DEC Systems Research Center and Paris Research Lab in the development of algorithms and film production, and has a wealth of experience far beyond his years. This superb background has enabled him to be among the most prolific authors in the SIGGRAPH community.
In the past decade Salesin has authored or co-authored 28 SIGGRAPH Papers, including participating in a record number of eight papers in 1996. This is a remarkable achievement considering the enormous competition for this prestigious conference. His breadth of interests are illustrated by his expertise in a wide range of topics from solid geometry modeling to physically-based simulations to cinematography, non-photorealistic rendering, and his contributions to wavelets and other hierarchical methods, via his co-authored book.
His teaching and mentoring skills are also renowned. Recently, Salesin received the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and he has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award and Young Investigator Awards from both the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.
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