Bio: Mike Gleicher is Professor of Computer Sciences, and is founder of the UW Graphics Group. He’s interested in most things involving the creation of use of pictures: visualization, animation, stylized rendering, photography and videography, etc. Lately, Mike has been thinking about visual comparisons, rethinking photography, animating social behaviors, and improvisational presentations. He came to Wisconsin in 1998 after spending time at Apple, Autodesk, Carnegie Mellon, and Duke.
Bio: Eftychios Sifakis is Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences and joined UW-Madison in 2011. His interests include physics-based modeling, biomechanics and scientific computing. Prior to UW-Madison, Eftychios obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2007, and between 2007-2010 had been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Los Angeles. He has been a consultant with Intel Corporation, SimQuest LLC, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Bio: I am a fourth year graduate student. My current research pursuits involve large-scale data analysis, integrating perception and visual design, and visual comparison. My broader research interests include data visualization, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, perceptual science, and machine learning.
Bio: I am a third year graduate student. My current research explores ways of visualizing English literature. My research interests include visualization, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and procedural rhetoric.
Bio: I am a third year graduate student. My current research interests include embodied conversational agents: combining animation principles and findings in psychology to create believable virtual agents with humanlike nonverbal behaviors.
Bio: I am a third year graduate student specializing in physical simulation under Eftychios Sifakis. My general research interests include real-time performance for simulation along with virtual reality. I enjoy thought experiments, long winded arguments, and good science fiction.
Bio: I am a second-year graduate student currently working on physics-based simulation of elastic materials.
Bio: I am a second-year graduate student currently working on a project to study and develop effective cross-modal gaze mechanisms for embodied agents. My research interests revolve around development of expressive animation techniques for virtual humans, particularly animation of communicative behaviors such as gestures, facial animation, and gaze.
Bio: I am a second-year graduate student currently working on protein function analysis. My interests lie in bringing better graphical tools to (bio)chemists.
Bio: I am a second year undergraduate student, currently working on improving solvers used in physical simulations.
Bio: I completed my Masters thesis on virtual reconstruction of complex interior rooms. I like dealing with a lot of 3D point data and making sense out of them! (2012- Microsoft)
Bio: I am a fourth year graduate student. My current research interests include large scale visualization and animation. I am currently working on visualization techniques that use meaningful abstraction to enable large amounts of data to be viewed at once. I am also working on sketch based techniques to bridge the skill gap between hobbyists and professionals.
Bio: Kevin Ponto is post-doctoral researcher in the UW Graphics Group. Kevin received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Computer Engineering, his M.S. from the University of California, Irvine in Arts Computation Engineering, and his Ph.D. the University of California, San Diego in Computer Science. Kevin is currently working on projects in the field of Virtual Reality.