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April 27, 2017

UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online

Virtual reality is one of the hottest emerging technologies in the entertainment industry today. Millions of VR devices have been sold in the United States alone, but most software developers have no formal training on the technology. Now, virtual reality researchers from UC San Diego are hoping to bridge that gap and develop in-demand skills via a new series of courses delivered through the edX online learning platform. Full Story


November 30, 2016

VisComp Faculty Members Elevated to IEEE Fellows' Class of 2017

Becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the organization’s ultimate status for top electrical engineers, computer engineers and computer scientists. This week, IEEE announced its list of newly-elevated Fellows for 2017, including two members of the Center for Visual Computing (VisComp). Full Story


September 27, 2016

Center for Visual Computing Faculty and Students to Present 8 papers at the European Conference on Computer Vision

Faculty and students from the Center for Visual Computing will present eight papers at ECCV, the European Conference on Computer Vision, Oct. 8-16, 2016 the premier international forum for computer vision research this year, held in Amsterdam. Full Story


July 21, 2016

Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics

Iron Man’s suit. Captain America’s shield. The Batmobile. These all could look a lot more realistic thanks to a new algorithm developed by a team of U.S. computer graphics experts. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi at the University of California San Diego, have created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light interacts with extremely small details, called glints, on the surface of a wide range of materials, including metallic car paints, metal finishes for electronics and injection-molded plastic finishes.  Full Story


July 5, 2016

UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Reaches Finals of Inaugural Online Teaching Prize

Ravi Ramamoorthi, a computer science professor at the University of California San Diego, is one of 11 finalists for the inaugural edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning.  Full Story


June 9, 2016

Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Appointed to Endowed Faculty Chair

University of California San Diego professor Ravi Ramamoorthi is the inaugural holder of a new endowed faculty chair in the university’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Full Story


February 19, 2016

Google Selects Center for Visual Computing Director for Research Award

Google has selected computer scientist Ravi Ramamoorthi, director of UC San Diego's Center for Visual Computing, to receive one of its Faculty Research Awards in 2016. It is Ramamoorthi's second such award, after receiving one in 2014 while he was still at UC Berkeley (just months before he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego). Full Story


February 8, 2016

New algorithm improves speed and accuracy of pedestrian detection

What if computers could recognize objects as well as the human brain could? Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have taken an important step toward that goal by developing a pedestrian detection system that performs in near real-time (2–4 frames per second) and with higher accuracy (close to half the error) compared to existing systems. The technology, which incorporates deep learning models, could be used in “smart” vehicles, robotics and image and video search systems. Full Story


November 23, 2015

Center for Visual Computing Researchers Receive Marr Prize Honorable Mention at the International Conference on Computer Vision

Researchers at the UC San Diego Center for Visual Computing received a Marr Prize honorable mention for their work at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2015. Saining Xie and Zhuowen Tu were chosen from 1698 submissions for their paper, titled "Holistically-Nested Edge Detection." Researchers from the Center presented a total of eight papers at the prestigious event.  Full Story


September 1, 2015

Center for Visual Computing / Video Conversation with Director Ravi Ramamoorthi

The Center for Visual Computing is featured in the latest edition of UC San Diego's Computing Primetime. Full Story