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September 10, 2021

A new dataset for better augmented and mixed reality

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have released OpenRooms, an new, open source dataset with tools that will help users manipulate objects, materials, lighting and other properties in indoor 3D scenes to advance augmented reality and robotics.   Full Story

May 24, 2021

Zexiang Xu wins Chancellor's Dissertation Medal

UC San Diego computer science PhD student Zexiang Xu has been selected as this year's Chancellor's Dissertation Medal recipient within the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Xu is currently a research scientist at Adobe Research.    Full Story

January 19, 2021

Five UC San Diego teams receive $100,000 to support groundbreaking research

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) recognizes creative Ph.D. students, providing them with funding, mentoring and other resources to pursue innovative research. This year, five UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering teams were awarded fellowships – four from Computer Science and Engineering and one from Electrical and Computer Engineering.   Full Story

August 24, 2020

ECCV 20 Honorable Mention

Ravi Ramamoorthi's ECCV 20 paper on NERFs: Neural Radiance Fields for View Synthesis received the Best Paper Honorable Mention. This work is a collaboration that spans UC San Diego, UC Berkeley and Google Research. Full Story

July 23, 2019

Zexiang Xu Wins Doctoral Research Award

Congratulations to Zexiang Xu for winning the UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering Department's Doctoral Award for Excellence in Research. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Ravi Ramamoorthi, is focused on sparse sampling for appearance acquisition and rendering. Full Story

May 29, 2019

SIGGRAPH Awards Recognize Computer Science Researchers

Ravi Ramoorthi has been inducted into the SIGGRAPH Academy for his groundbreaking theoretical work in mathematical representations of visual appearance, and for translating these into computational methods with wide practical impact. Two additional VisComp-affiliated researchers also received SIGGRAPH Awards recognition. Full Story

April 19, 2019

Computer Science PhD student earns 2019 Google PhD Fellowship

Congratulations to UC San Diego computer science PhD student Tiancheng (Kevin) Sun, who has been awarded a 2019 Google PhD Fellowship. Full Story

January 2, 2019

Lifan Wu named 2019 NVIDIA Fellow

UC San Diego computer science PhD student Lifan Wu has been awarded a 2019 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. Lifan Wu is advised by Ravi Ramamoorthi. Wu's research interests include physically based rendering, including sparse sampling and reconstruction of visual signals, realistic appearance modeling, and light transport. Full Story

December 4, 2018

Zexiang Xu named 2019 Adobe Fellow

UC San Diego Computer science PhD student Zexiang Xu has been named a 2019 Adobe Fellow. Xu is part of the lab of Ravi Ramamoorthi. Xu's research interests include computer graphics and computer vision, including rendering, appearance modeling, appearance and geometry capture, hair modeling and light fields. Full Story

December 4, 2018

Zhuowen Tu named 2019 IEEE Fellow

UC San Diego professor Zhuowen Tu has been named a 2019 IEEE Fellow for contributions to computer vision, medical imaging, and deep learning. Tu is a member of the UC San Diego Center for Visual Computing and a professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. Full Story

June 15, 2018

UC San Diego Computer Graphics Grad Student Wins International Award

UC San Diego 1st year computer science graduate student Tiancheng Sun has won first place in the undergraduate category of the 2018 ACM Student Research Competition. Tiancheng Sun is being recognized for work entitled “Attribute-preserving gamut mapping of measured BRDFs.”  This is ACM’s highest honor for undergraduate computer science research.  He will be the youngest recipient at the ACM awards banquet in June in San Francisco, which honors all ACM award winners (and ACM Fellows) at various career stages (up to the Turing award). Full Story

February 20, 2018

Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. The researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley developed a method that dramatically improves the way computers simulate fur, and more specifically, the way light bounces within an animal’s pelt. Full Story