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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

December 11, 2017

Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor Ravi Ramamoorthi has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Ramamoorthi is the founding director of the Center for Visual Computing at UC San Diego. Full Story

August 18, 2017

A $100K gift from Cognex to UC San Diego Supports Research at Intersection of Deep Learning and 3-D Image Reconstruction

The University of California San Diego has received a $100K gift from Cognex Corporation, a leader in machine vision. The gift will allow teams of professors and graduate students at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to explore research at the intersection of deep learning and 3-D image reconstruction.  Full Story

August 4, 2017

En Route to UC San Diego, Chinese Undergraduate Wins Award at SIGGRAPH 2017 ' in Absentia

Tsinghua Sun is making a splash even before arriving in San Diego to start the Ph.D. program. He was named winner in the undergraduate category of the ACM Student Research Competition at the 44th SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Full Story

August 2, 2017

Professor Behind Online Computer Graphics Course among Finalists for 2017 edX Prize

For the second year in a row, CSE professor Ravi Ramamoorthi -- who holds the Ronald L. Graham Chair of Computer Science -- is a finalist in a competition for an online education award. The 2017 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning has whittled down all nominations to a list of 10 finalists worldwide among developers of online courses in all subject areas delivered via edX, one of the largest massive open online course platforms in the world. Full Story

July 21, 2017

Center for Visual Computing Has Major Presence at Upcoming Computer Vision Conference

Computer vision researchers from the University of California San Diego will have a major presence at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2017), with 20 papers on the agenda featuring at least one co-author from UC San Diego. Considered the premier forum for computer vision researchers, the conference will take place July 21-26 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Full Story

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