UW Reality Lab

Leadership

Brian Curless
Director

Brian Curless is a Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and, after a stint as a research engineer at SRI International, went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision and served as chair for the International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV 2013). He received the Stanford University Gores Teaching Award, Stanford's Arthur Samuels Computer Science Thesis Award, NSF Career Award, Sloan Fellowship, and UW ACM Teaching Award. His work on 3D surface reconstruction led to real-time 3D mapping algorithms now used in Microsoft Hololens and Google’s Project Tango devices. His research is focused on 3D photography and computational photography with applications to AR and VR.


Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
Director of Research and Education

Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is an Assistant Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington. She founded a startup Dreambit that was acquired by Facebook Inc., where she is now also a Research Scientist focusing on computational photography, AR, and VR. She received her Ph.D in computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her works were awarded the Google faculty award, Madrona prize, the "Innovation of the 2016 Year Award" by Geekwire, selected to the covers of CACM and SIGGRAPH, and covered by most national and international media and press with special TV episodes, e.g., age progression for missing children. Her Moving Portraits work was tech transferred to Google Inc. Ira’s research is in the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics and learning, with particular interest on people modeling and virtual and augmented reality.


Steve Seitz
Chair

Steve Seitz is Robert E. Dinning Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington. He is also a Director on Google's Daydream team, where he leads teleportation efforts including Google Jump and Cardboard Camera. He received his B.A. in computer science and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and his Ph.D. in computer sciences at the University of Wisconsin in 1997. Following his doctoral work, he did a postdoc at Microsoft Research, and then a couple years as Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in July 2000. His co-authored papers have won the David Marr Prize (twice) at ICCV, and the CVPR 2015 best paper award. He received an NSF Career Award, and ONR Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow. His work on Photo Tourism (joint with Noah Snavely and Rick Szeliski) formed the basis of Microsoft's Photosynth technology. Professor Seitz is interested in problems in 3D computer vision and computer graphics, and their application to virtual and augmented reality.



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