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GRASP / CG@Penn Special Seminar: Ariel Shamir, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (now Visiting Disney Research Boston & MIT), "Smart Tools For Photos And 3D Models Manipulation"
Presenter: Ariel Shamir (Homepage)
Thursday October 24, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:00am
* Alternate Location: Levine 307 (3330 Walnut Street)*
Powerful computer applications today allow manipulating and fabricating digital objects in unimaginable ways. However, these tools are often sophisticated and very difficult to use. One of the challenges in graphics and design today is to create simpler tools that allow even novice users to use computers more naturally for photographs and 3D objects manipulations. In this talk I will present several such efforts including sketch2photo, sketch2-3D and the recent 3-sweep technology. The key factor in all these works is utilizing humans specifically for semantic, high-level tasks that are very simple for them, and are still extremely difficult for machines, while utilizing the machine for tasks that are harder and tedious for humans.
Prof. Ariel Shamir is an associate Professor and vice-dean at the school of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel. Prof. Shamir received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2000 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He spent two years at the center for computational visualization at the University of Texas in Austin. During 2006 he held the position of visiting scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge MA, and is now spending his Sabbatical with Disney Research and MIT. Prof. Shamir has numerous publications in journals and international refereed conferences, and a broad commercial experience working with, and consulting high tech companies. He is an associate editor for Computer Graphics Forum and Computers and Graphics journals. His research interests include computer graphics, visualization, geometric modeling, virtual reality and machine learning. He is a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Computer and Eurographics societies.