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Graphics And Computer Vision Innovator Wins ACM SIGGRAPH Research Award

Columbia Professor Cited for Ground Breaking Work on Visual Appearance of Objects

Virginia Gold
The Association for Computing Machinery



Columbia Professor Cited for Ground Breaking Work on Visual Appearance of Objects

SAN DIEGO, August 6, 2007 - ACM SIGGRAPH will award its 2007 Significant New Researcher Award to Ravi Ramamoorthi for his seminal contributions to the visual appearance of objects. Dr. Ramamoorthi, an associate professor of computer science at Columbia University, has developed mathematical and computational models that have led to a deeper understanding of visual representation by digitally recreating or rendering complex natural appearance. Some of his models have already been adopted by industry.

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. Dr. Ramamoorthi will receive his award at SIGGRAPH 2007, August 5-9, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Ramamoorthi's work combines foundational mathematical analysis with novel practical algorithms to address long-standing problems in graphics and computer vision. His research explores practical applications ranging from real-time photorealistic rendering, to addressing complex illumination, materials, and shadows in computer vision. His renowned SIGGRAPH 2001 paper and Ph.D. dissertation used ideas from signal processing to establish a firm mathematical framework to describe reflection, which has led to a deeper theoretical understanding of light transport as it relates to the visual appearance of objects.

Dr. Ramamoorthi received a in engineering as well as M.S. degrees in computer science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998. He was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 2002, and joined the faculty of Columbia University in August of that year. A prolific contributor to ACM Siggraph publications and conferences, Ramamoorthi has published his research in several other leading international journals on graphics.

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ACM/Press Release. Last updated August 6, 2007 by Steven Geringer