Berthouzoz Women in Research Lunch

Aug 11

at SIGGRAPH 2021

Posted on 2021-07-15

The Berthouzoz Women in Research Event is an annual networking event organized by WiGRAPH for researchers, faculty, and students. Floraine Berthouzoz started this event as an informal gathering. After her passing in 2015, Floraine’s mentees and colleagues built upon her efforts to create an event that aims to broaden the network of women researchers and provide a friendly and personal environment where graduate students can interact with senior researchers. We will be hosting a panel of women in graphics who will share with us some of their research experiences. The event is open to all researchers, regardless of gender.


Event Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 8AM to 9AM Pacific Time

To participate, please register using our Google form. Due to SIGGRAPH's virtual form, participation in the 2021 Berthouzoz Women in Research Event will not require SIGGRAPH registration.

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

Update: It appears that our email containing the link did not reach many of our participants. Apologies for the confusion! We recently sent an another email from makatura[at]mit[dot]edu with the information. If you have not received the link (or have other questions), please email

Poster by Paige Stampatori


  • Duygu Ceylan
    Senior Researcher
    Adobe Research

    Duygu Ceylan is a senior research scientist at Adobe Research. Prior to that she obtained her PhD from EPFL under the supervision of Prof. Mark Pauly. Duygu has received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2020. Her research interests include using machine learning techniques to infer and analyze 3D information from images and videos. She has specifically focused on 3D inference and analysis both for man-made objects as well as humans. She is excited to work at the intersection of computer vision and graphics where she is eager to develop methods to bridge the gap between 2D & 3D.

  • Tali Dekel
    Assistant Professor, Weizmann Institute
    Research Scientist, Google

    Tali Dekel is an Assistant Professor at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at the Weizmann Institute, Israel. She is also a Staff Research Scientist at Google, developing algorithms at the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning. Before Google, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT. Tali completed her PhD studies at the school of electrical engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Her research interests include computational photography, image/video synthesis, geometry and 3D reconstruction. Her awards and honors include the National Postdoctoral Award for Advancing Women in Science (2014), the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015), the SAMSON - Prime Minister's Researcher Recruitment Prize (2019), Best Paper Honorable Mention in CVPR 2019, and Best Paper Award (Marr Prize) in ICCV 2019.

  • Eakta Jain
    Assistant Professor
    University of Florida

    Eakta Jain is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her PhD and MS degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur. She has industry experience at Texas Instruments R&D labs, Disney Research Pittsburgh, and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her research group at the University of Florida is funded through faculty research awards from Facebook/Oculus and Google/YouTube, federal funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and state funding from the Florida Department of Transportation. Eakta has two children and likes to do arts and crafts with them. Current projects include Perler bead shapes and Pokemon style cards with make-believe robots.

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deepali Aneja
    Research Engineer
    Adobe Research

    Deepali is a Research Engineer at Adobe Research. She joined Adobe in December 2019 after completing her PhD 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 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.