Manocha and Samet Named to 2019 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy

Fri May 31, 2019

Two faculty members in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies were just named to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH Academy.

Dinesh Manocha, the Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of computer science with a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering, and Hanan Samet, a Distinguished University Professor of computer science, were part of a select group of eight researchers chosen for membership in 2019.

SIGGRAPH (special interest group in graphics) established the academy in 2018 to recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Criteria for membership includes cumulative contributions to the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques; impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations; and influence on the work of others.

Manocha was specifically noted for his contributions to geometric modeling, GPU computing, interactive rendering of large complex scenes, and interactive sound simulation.

Samet was recognized for founding, developing, and authoring the definitive texts in the field of storing, processing, analyzing, and retrieving spatial data.

Both will be formally inducted into the academy at SIGGRAPH2019, to be held July 28–August 1 in Los Angeles.