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Caltech Professor to Receive ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award

NEW YORK, NY, July 16, 2003 -- ACM SIGGRAPH will award its 2003 Computer Graphics Achievement Award to Peter Schröder for his contributions to the newly emerging area of 3D geometry processing. Schröderıs results form the basis for a significant body of current research in computer graphics and digital geometry processing. His emphasis on wavelets, subdivision surfaces and multiresolution modeling has been instrumental in establishing this newly emerging area within the graphics community. The Computer Graphics Achievement award is given each year for outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Schröder, a Professor of Computer Science and Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, receives his award at SIGGRAPH 2003, 27-31 July 2003, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

3D Geometry Processing, an active research area, applies mathematics, computer science and engineering concepts to design efficient algorithms for manipulating and animating complex 3D models. Schröderıs results are widely cited in the research community, and he was instrumental in setting up the first Symposium on Geometry Processing (SCG ı03).

Schröder joined Caltech in 1995 after working on spherical wavelets at the University of South Carolina as a post-doctoral fellow. He received his MA and PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He has published a steady stream of papers at SIGGRAPH conferences, starting in 1993, with a paper entitled "On the Form Factor between Two Polygons," which solved a problem that had remained unsolved since it was first proposed in 1760. Schröderıs SIGGRAPH 97 paper on interactive multi-resolution mesh editing is among the most widely cited papers in the field.

Like Teacher, Like Student

In an unusual linkage of computer graphics professors and students, the advisor for 2003 Achievement Award winner Schröder on his first SIGGRAPH paper in 1993 was Pat Hanrahan, who has been selected to receive this yearıs ACM SIGGRAPH Steven Anson Coons Award. And Schröderıs former postdoctoral student, Mathieu Desbrun, has been chosen as the 2003 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award. Best known for his contributions to the development of the popular RenderMan interface, Hanrahan is Canon USA Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Desbrun is recognized for his work on deformable models and animation. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Southern California. All three awards will be presented on July 28, at the SIGGRAPH conference in San Diego, CA.

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