Berthouzoz Women in Research Lunch

Jul 31

at SIGGRAPH 2019

Posted on 2019-07-01

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.


  • C. Karen Liu
    Associate Professor
    Stanford University

    C. Karen Liu is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, Liu was an associate professor at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech from 2007 to 2019. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Liu's research interests are in computer graphics and robotics, including physics-based animation, character animation, optimal control, reinforcement learning, and computational biomechanics. She developed computational approaches to modeling realistic and natural human movements, learning complex control policies for humanoids and assistive robots, and advancing fundamental numerical simulation and optimal control algorithms. The algorithms and software developed in her lab have fostered interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in robotics, computer graphics, mechanical engineering, biomechanics, neuroscience, and biology. Liu received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and was named Young Innovators Under 35 by Technology Review. In 2012, Liu received the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award for her contribution in the field of computer graphics.

  • Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
    Associate Professor, University of Washington
    Project Lead, Google

    Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is a Scientist and Entrepreneur. Ira's interests are in the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics, and learning. A major part of her work is to invent virtual and augmented reality experiences to empower people in their day to day activities, and develop algorithms for modeling people from unconstrained photos, videos, audio and language.
    Dr. Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is an Associate Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington, Founder and Co-Director of the UW Reality Lab, and kickstarting a moonshot project in Google starting 2019. She founded a startup Dreambit that was acquired by Facebook Inc. in 2016, spent two years at Facebook as Research Scientist building products between 2016-2018, and Tech Transfered product Face Movies to Google Inc. in 2011.
    Ira 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 Year Award, 2016, selected to the covers of CACM and SIGGRAPH, and frequently covered by most national and international media. She has been serving as area chair and technical committee of both CVPR and SIGGRAPH, and part of Expert Network, LDV capital.

  • Ming Lin
    Associate Professor
    University of Maryland

    Ming Lin is the Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining UMD, Lin was a John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a faculty member for 20 years.
    Lin earned her B.S., M.S. and PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 1995, and she is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE and the Eurographics Association. She also serves on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.
    She has authored or co-authored more than 250 refereed publications and has authored or co-edited four books. She is a former editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2011–2014) and has served on numerous steering committees and advisory boards of international conferences, as well as government and industrial technical advisory committees. Lin also co-founded the 3-D audio startup Impulsonic, which was recently acquired by Valve Software.


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About This Lunch

Floraine Berthouzoz was a research scientist at Adobe Systems specializing in computer graphics and human-computer interaction. She obtained her PhD 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 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 PhD degree in June 2018 from the Computer Science Department at MIT, where she was advised by Professor Wojciech Matusik.

  • Anh Truong
    PhD Student
    Stanford University

    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.

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 PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

Student Volunteers

  • Jane E
    PhD Student
    Stanford University

    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 Creativity in Research Scholar. She holds a B.S.E in Computer Science with a certificate in Applied Math from Princeton University.

  • Sean Liu
    PhD Student
    Stanford University

    Sean Liu is a 3rd year PhD student in computer science, advised by Prof. Maneesh Agrawala. Her research mainly focuses on computational video editing. Before joining Stanford's HCI/Graphics group, she pursued a bachelor's degree in EECS at UC Berkeley.

  • Liane Makatura
    PhD Student

    Liane is a second-year PhD student at MIT, where she is advised by Prof. Wojciech Matusik in the Computer Science Department. She is interested in Computational Fabrication, where she builds tools that make it easier to design and fabricate functional objects. Before joining MIT, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at EPFL. She completed her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, and minoring in Digital Arts.

  • 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.