20 May 2002

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Conference: 21-26 July 2002
Exhibition: 23-25 July 2002

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas USA

ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting the 2002 Significant New Researcher Award to Steven J. Gortler, Harvard University, to recognize his work, which has been marked from the beginning by challenging mathematical insights coupled to practical graphical algorithms. The award is given annually to a researcher who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of computer graphics and is new to the field. Gortler will receive his award this summer at SIGGRAPH 2002, 21 26 July 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Gortler was instrumental in advancing wavelet techniques in computer graphics through his PhD thesis in 1994 and various publications from 1993-1995, particularly with his influential SIGGRAPH 93 paper, "Wavelet Radiosity," written with Schröder, Cohen, and Hanrahan. He collaborated with Liu and Cohen on computer animation in the 1994 SIGGRAPH paper "Hierarchical Space-time Control." He explored the mathematics of "The Lumigraph" in his SIGGRAPH 96 paper, which is probably his best-known work in the area of image-based rendering.

His work in this field, which began with the Lumigraph but moved into other areas such as layered depth images, interactive image-based rendering, and the geometry of image-based rendering, is widely recognized as deeply original, mathematically cogent, and far-reaching. More recently, Gortler has been involved in polygonal modeling, particularly in areas such as texture mapping and parameterizing meshes, computing silhouettes, and combining image-based rendering and polygonal modeling.

Gortler has the distinction of having had three papers appear at SIGGRAPH 2000, and three at SIGGRAPH 2001. He has published eleven papers at SIGGRAPH in all, including one in the SIGGRAPH 2002 Proceedings.

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