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24 May 1996
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Marc Levoy to Receive the 1996 SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award

(New York, 24 May, 1996) -- ACM SIGGRAPH announced today that Marc Levoy has been awarded the 1996 SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his pioneering work in volume rendering.

The Computer Graphics Achievement Award is presented annually to recognize a major accomplishment in the state of the art of computer graphics that is still significant and apparent.

SIGGRAPH recognizes Levoy for inventing a system in which volumes are rendered directly from sampled data without first creating an intermediate surface representation. Volume rendering creates images that represent the underlying data very accurately and can reveal fine details that might be obscured with surface methods. His work in volume rendering has made a significant impact within the fields of medicine and scientific visualization.

Levoy will receive his award at SIGGRAPH 96, the 23rd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in New Orleans, 4-9 August 1996. The 14th presentation of this award will be made by Bertran Herzog, SIGGRAPH Awards Chair.

Levoy is currently a faculty member in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award in 1991. Levoy has published over 40 papers on computer animation, volume rendering, and machine vision that are often cited in computer graphics textbooks.

In addition to his initial paper, where he described the classic volume ray tracing algorithm, Levoy has developed several algorithms for increasing the efficiency of volume rendering, including taking advantage of spatial coherence, adaptively refining the image, accounting for the observer's gaze, rendering in the frequency domain, and using a shear-warp factorization. More recently, he has begun to use volumetric techniques to aid in the acquisition of 3D models by using a volume representation to integrate multiple range images.

Levoy began his computer graphics career at Cornell University in 1971, received a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1976 and a master's degree in architecture in 1978. Before obtaining his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, Levoy was the principal developer of the Hanna-Barbera Computer Animation System. He also served as director of the Hanna-Barbera Animation Laboratory from 1980-1983.


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