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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Next Frontier in Graphics: Unleashing the Computer's Potential for Communication


David Salesin
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Seminar

402 Walter Library

David Salesin

In this talk, David Salesin claims that the real market for computers lies in their vast potential as a communications medium. Already, millions of PowerPoint presentations are made each day, hundreds of thousands of documents are archived online, and billions of Web pages are searched. Yet, so far, computers are used largely just to emulate the appearance of existing, physical media, such as slide transparencies or 8½" x 11" sheets of paper. Drawing upon examples that range from computer-generated illustration and virtual cinematography to adaptive document layout and animated presentations, Salesin discusses some of the research challenges he sees in harnessing the power of the computer to create more powerful communications media than exist today.

David Salesin reception


David Salesin and Gary

David Salesin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1992. He is also a Senior Researcher in the Document Processing and Understanding Group at Microsoft Research, where he has also worked since 1999. He received his Sc.B. from Brown University in 1983, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991. From 1983-87, he worked at Lucasfilm and Pixar, where he contributed computer animation for the Academy Award-winning short film, Tin Toy, and the feature-length film, Young Sherlock Holmes. He spent the 1991-92 year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University. Salesin received an NSF Young Investigator award in 1993; an ONR Young Investigator Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award in 1995; the University of Washington Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in the College of Engineering in 1996; the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997; The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Washington Professor of the Year Award in 1998; the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award in 2000; and he became an ACM Fellow in 2002.