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Computer Vision Technologist Named 2009 Macarthur Fellow

SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award Winner Tapped for “Genius” Grant

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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NEW YORK, September 22, 2009 – The recipient of the 2008 SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, Maneesh Agrawala, has been named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Agrawala, an assistant professor at the University of California Berkeley, designs visual interfaces that enhance users’ ability to synthesize and comprehend large quantities of complex digital information.  One of 24 new MacArthur Fellows, Agrawala will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.  

            Alain Chesnais, vice president of ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery), applauded Agrawala’s recognition as a creative researcher with the potential to make important contributions to the computer graphics field.  “SIGGRAPH honored Maneesh last year for his innovative approach to visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction.  His work, demonstrated over recent years at various SIGGRAPH conferences, reflects the way ACM encourages its Special Interest Groups like SIGGRAPH to raise awareness of computing and its vital role in driving innovations that enrich our lives and advance society,” said Chesnais, a former president of SIGGRAPH.            

            Among his notable achievements, Agrawala developed LineDrive, a fully automated system for rendering route maps that resemble hand-drawn sketches.  This novel approach takes into account many cognitive factors from a user’s navigation of routes, and adapts cartographic techniques to emphasize essential information.


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  



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.  

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