Berthouzoz Women in Research Lunch
The Berthouzoz Women in Research Lunch is a networking event for researchers, faculty, and students. This event is named after Floraine Berthouzoz, who started this lunch as an informal gathering. After her passing in 2015, Floraine’s mentees and colleagues built upon her efforts to create an event that has been steadily growing in its reach for the past few years, with over 100 participants last year! We will be hosting a panel of women in graphics who will share with us some of their research experience. We’d like to note that the event is open to all researchers, regardless of gender.
Alla Sheffer is a professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She investigates algorithms for geometry processing focusing on computer graphics applications. She is particularly interested in leveraging connections between geometry and perception to enable users to create and manipulate geometric content. Prof. Sheffer regularly publishes at selective computer graphics venues and had co-authored 32 papers published in ACM Transactions on Graphics, including numerous papers in SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia proceedings. She holds 5 recent patents on methods for shape communication and hexahedral mesh generation. She received the 2018 Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award, multiple faculty awards from Adobe, Google and IBM, a Killam Research Fellowship, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator award, two NSERC Idea to Innovation grants, and an Audi Production Award. She served on the PCs for SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, Eurographics, and other key graphics conferences; co-chaired the PCs for SGP’06 and IEEE SMI’13, and is a PC co-chair for Eurographics'18. She served on the editorial boards of ACM TOG, IEEE TVCG, Computer Graphics Form, Graphical Models, Computers & Graphics, and CAGD.
Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Ecole Polytechnique (from May 2017), on leave from Grenoble-INP & Inria. Her research interests cover both Shape Modelling and Computer Animation. She contributed over the years to a number of high level models for shapes and motion such as implicit surfaces, multi-resolution physically-based animation and hybrid representations for real-time natural scenes. She received the Eurographics outstanding technical contributions award in 2011 and a Silver medal from CNRS in 2012 for this work. She was awarded an ERC advanced grant in 2011 and elected at the Academia Europaea in 2013.
Marie-Paule served as the Technical Paper Chair of SIGGRAPH 2017 and in the program committees of all major conferences in Computer Graphics. She served in the steering committees of SCA, SBIM and SMI, and in the editorial board of Graphical Models, IEEE TVCG, Computer Graphics Forum, and is now associate editor of ACM Transactions of Graphics (TOG). In France, she belongs to the executive board of the GDR IG-RV (Informatique Géométrique et Graphique, Réalité Virtuelle et Visualisation) and to the CA of the French chapter of Eurographics. After serving as Vice President of Eurographics from 2013, she became President of Eurographics in 2017.
Hayley Iben leads the simulation engineering group at Pixar Animation Studios. Her group is responsible for character effects technologies including cloth, hair, flesh, skin, etc. She earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Duquesne University and M.S. and Ph.D. with an emphasis in computer graphics from the University of California, Berkeley. For her Ph.D., she modeled crack patterns that appear in mud, ceramic glaze, and glass by combining physical simulation with heuristics.
Hayley joined Pixar in 2006 to build character articulation and animation tools for the Presto Animation System. In 2010, she moved to simulation and was involved in the development of the hair simulator, Taz, debuting in Disney·Pixar's "Brave" and published as "Artistic Simulation of Curly Hair" in ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics SCA 2013. This hair technology has since been used for Disney·Pixar’s "Inside Out", "The Good Dinosaur", “Finding Dory”, “Coco”, and “Incredibles 2”.
About This Lunch
Floraine Berthouzoz was a research scientist at Adobe Systems specializing in computer graphics and human-computer interaction. She obtained her Ph.D. under the supervision of Maneesh Agrawala at UC Berkeley in 2013.
Floraine was a brilliant researcher, friend and mentor, who was extremely passionate about narrowing the gender gap in computer science. As a PhD student, she co-founded CS KickStart, an outreach program for incoming undergraduate women. Since 2011, this program has significantly increased the number of undergraduate women pursuing computer science degrees at Berkeley.
Floraine originally started this lunch as an informal gathering where women in computer graphics could have an opportunity to meet and discuss with each other. Following her passing in 2015, her mentees resolved to keep this tradition alive, and started planning this lunch in her place. It is named in her honor.
Adriana SchulzAssistant Professor
University of Washington
Adriana is an assistant professor at the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she is a member of the Computer Graphics Group (GRAIL). Her research focuses on computational design for manufacturing. As 3D printers and industrial robots begin to reshape manufacturing, her goal is to define design tools that will drive and democratize this new industrial revolution. She received her Ph.D. degree in June 2018 from the Computer Science Department at MIT, where she was advised by Professor Wojciech Matusik.
Anh TruongPhD Student
Anh is a second year PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University where she is advised by Maneesh Agrawala. Previously, she worked as a research apprentice in the Creative Intelligence Lab at Adobe Research, where she was primarily advised by Wilmot Li and David Salesin. Her research interests are at the intersection of computer graphics and human-computer interaction (HCI). Her work specifically focuses on leveraging technology in conjunction with HCI principles to improve video capture and editing workflows.
Kavita BalaProfessor, CS Dept. Chair
Kavita Bala is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. She received her S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Bombay). She co-founded GrokStyle (acquired by Facebook), and is a faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Bala currently serves on SIGGRAPH's Papers Advisory Group (PAG) and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Graphics (TOG), on the Papers Advisory Board for SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia, and as Associate Editor for TOG (Transactions on Graphics), TVCG (Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics) and CGF (Computer Graphics Forum). She specializes in computer graphics and computer vision, leading research in recognition and visual search; material modeling and perception; and realistic, physically-based rendering.
Hijung Valentina ShinResearch Scientist
Valentina is a research scientist at the Creative Intelligence Lab at Adobe Research. Her research investigates novel interaction techniques to facilitate effective interaction with audiovisual media (e.g., video, audio, visual presentations) for authoring, collaboration and consumption. She is passionate about supporting creative experiences through both interactive and automatic design tools. Previous to joining Adobe, she completed her Ph.D. in computer science at MIT with Fredo Durand. She was an undergraduate at the Princeton University and completed her B.S.E. in Computer Science.
Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Hodgins is a Professor in the Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. From 2008-2016, she founded and ran research labs for Disney, rising to VP of Research and leading the labs in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. From 2005-2015, she was Associate Director for Faculty in the Robotics Institute, running the promotion and tenure process and creating a mentoring program for pre-tenure faculty. Prior to moving to Carnegie Mellon in 2000, she was an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. She was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2000-2002 and ACM SIGGRAPH Papers Chair in 2003. She was an elected director at large on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee from 2012-2017 and in 2017 she was elected ACM SIGGRAPH President. Her research focuses on computer graphics, animation, and robotics with an emphasis on generating and analyzing human motion.
Jane EPhD Student
Jane E is a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University co-advised by James Landay and Pat Hanrahan. Her research focuses on designing photo/video capture interfaces for traditional as well as drone cameras. She is supported by Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Microsoft Research Dissertation grants, and is a d.school Creativity in Research Scholar. She holds a B.S.E in Computer Science with a certificate in Applied Math from Princeton University.