Recent News


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


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