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Adobe Scientist Cited for Research That Brings Computer Graphics Beyond the Lab

Virginia Gold
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NEW ORLEANS, AUGUST 3, 2009 - ACM SIGGRAPH will award its 2009 Significant New Researcher Award to Wojciech Matusik for his original contributions to accurately capturing and representing real world data that portray material properties and human poses. He created virtual humans that look, move, and interact with the environment in realistic ways by developing data-driven material representations and innovative systems for acquisition and display. Matusik also developed mathematical and computational models that allow computer graphics techniques to go beyond the lab and to reach a larger population. Matusik, Senior Research Scientist at Adobe Systems, Inc., will receive the award at 2009 SIGGRAPH, August 3-7, at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Matusik's research in computer graphics has broad applications in digital communications, materials science, and biomechanics. For example, he designed a wearable system than can continuously capture human motion outside of a studio, and a three-dimensional television system that enables dynamic scenes to be scalable, acquired in real time, transmitted and displayed.

Much of Matusik's research is on systems for measuring properties in the real world. He also worked on representations and computational models that explain these observations and allow for digital simulation of the underlying phenomenon. His accomplishments have resulted in mathematical modeling of light reflection from surfaces based on measurements of physical materials as well as the reverse process of manufacturing physical materials with desired reflectance properties.

In 2004, Matusik was named one of the world's top 100 young innovators by MIT's Technology Review magazine. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), he was awarded a M.S. degree and a Ph.D in EECS from MIT. Prior to joining Adobe, he was a research scientist as well as a consulting scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories.

The SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher 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.

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The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. SIGGRAPH provides information to the computer graphics community through its annual conference, publications and the SIGGRAPH Video Review.