Jul 12
SGP 2021

The SGP WiGRAPH event is a networking opportunity for researchers, faculty, and students, inspired by the success of the larger, annual WiGraph-organized Berthouzoz Women in Research Lunch that takes place during SIGGRAPH. We will be hosting a panel of women in graphics who will share with us some of their research experience. The event is open to all researchers, regardless of gender.


Event Date: Monday, July 12th from 1:20 pm to 2:20 pm, Eastern time

To participate, please register using our Google form. Please note that participation in the 2021 SGP WiGRAPH event also requires SGP registration, or an approved registration waiver (detailed in the form).

The link and password to our virtual chat room will be sent to all registered participants at a later date.

WiGRAPH would like to thank Prof. Justin Solomon and the MIT Geometric Data Processing Group for generously providing financial support for the SGP 2021 registration fee waivers.

The members of WiGRAPH wish to acknowledge the land on which the University of Toronto, host of SGP 2021, operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.


  • Emily Whiting
    Boston University

    Emily is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, Director and Founder of the BU Shape Lab, and Co-Director of the BU Computer Vision & Graphics Group. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2021), Sloan Research Fellowship (2019), BU Innovation Career Development Professorship (2017), NSF CRII Award (2015), and Marie Curie/ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012). Before joining BU she was an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College where she co-founded the Visual Computing Lab. From 2011-2014 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich in the Interactive Geometry Lab with Olga Sorkine-Hornung. She received her PhD (2012) from MIT in Computer Graphics and Building Technology, advised by Frédo Durand and John Ochsendorf. She obtained her SM (2006) in Computational Design from the MIT Department of Architecture, and BASc (2004) in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. She has interned in R&D at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, structural design with Halcrow Yolles engineering firm, and the National Research Council of Canada.

  • Elissa Ross
    CEO, Metafold
    Partner, MESH Consultants

    Elissa Ross is a mathematician working in the design industry. She is a partner and the scientific lead at MESH Consultants, a Toronto-based mathematical consultancy working primarily in the architecture, engineering and industrial manufacturing industries. She is also the CEO of Metafold, a 3D printing startup that leverages mathematics to print highly complex and detailed geometries such as lattices, microstructures and metamaterials (engineered materials). Elissa holds a PhD in discrete geometry from York University (Toronto), where her research focused on the structural rigidity of periodic frameworks.

  • Mirela Ben-Chen
    Associate Professor

    Mirela Ben-Chen is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department, at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She has received her PhD degree in Computer Science from the Technion, and has spent three years at Stanford University as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar. Mirela is interested in modeling and understanding the geometry of 3D shapes. She uses mathematical tools, such as discrete differential geometry, numerical optimization and harmonic analysis, for geometric applications such as meshing, shape correspondence and fluid simulation on surfaces. She has received multiple best paper awards, the Science Prize of the German Technion Society and the Technion’s Taub Research award.


  • Silvia Sellán
    PhD Student
    University of Toronto

    Silvia is a second-year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, advised by Prof. Alec Jacobson. Previously, she completed her B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Oviedo. She has interned once at the Fields Institute of Mathematics and twice at Adobe Research, under the mentorship of Noam Aigerman. Her research in Geometry Processing focuses on bridging the gap between real-world and virtual geometries and seamlessly integrating the two.

  • Samara Ren
    PhD Student

    Samara is a second-year PhD student in Computer Science at EPFL where she is advised by Mark Pauly. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from UIUC in 2019. She is interested in Geometry, Optimization, and Computational Fabrication.

  • Adriana Schulz
    Assistant 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.

  • Liane Makatura
    PhD Student

    Liane is a third-year PhD student at MIT, where she is advised by Prof. Wojciech Matusik in the Computer Science Department. She received her Bachelors degree from Dartmouth, with a double major in Math and Computer Science, and a minor in Digital Arts. She is interested in Computational Fabrication, and develops tools that make it easier to design and fabricate functional objects.

  • Purvi Goel
    PhD Student

    Purvi is a first-year PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University, advised by Professor Doug James. Previously, she completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at Brown University. She is interested in simulation, design, and parameter space exploration.

  • Kate Salesin
    PhD Student

    Kate is a third-year PhD student at Dartmouth College, advised by Wojciech Jarosz. She received her B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Marine Biology from Cornell University in 2016. Her research interests lie in using the photorealistic rendering capabilities of computer graphics to solve optical problems in other scientific fields such as oceanography, atmospheric science, and astronomy. Outside of the lab, she enjoys sailing, knitting, and statskeeping for Dartmouth hockey.

  • Xuan Luo
    PhD Student
    University of Washington

    Xuan is a PhD student in the UW Reality Lab of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington, working with Prof. Steven Seitz, Prof. Jason Lawrence and Ricardo Martin Brualla. She is interested in combining virtual/augmented reality with computer vision and graphics to create interesting surreal experiences. Prior to UW, she did research on stereo matching in BCMI lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with advisor Prof. Hongtao Lu and on deep learning in National Univerity of Singapore with advisor Prof. Shuicheng Yan.

  • Yuxuan Mei
    PhD Student
    University of Washington

    Yuxuan is a second-year PhD student with the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GRAIL) at the University of Washington where she is advised by Professor Adriana Schulz. Previously, she completed her B.S. degree in Computer Science at Columbia University. Her research interests are physics based simulation and computational fabrication.

  • Deepali Aneja
    Research Engineer
    Adobe Research

    Deepali is a Research Engineer at Adobe Research. She joined Adobe in December 2019 after completing her Ph.D. in Computer Science in the Graphics and Imaging Lab at the University of Washington. Deepali’s research is at the intersection of computer vision, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. Her work focuses on developing learning-based techniques for performance-based animation and image-to-image translation.

Advisory Board

  • Kavita Bala
    Professor, CS Dept. Chair
    Cornell University

    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 Shin
    Research Scientist
    Adobe Research

    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.

  • Jessica Hodgins
    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.