Rice University Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering Lecture: Microsoft Research, Turner Whitted

Abstract of Talk Procedural Graphics: Issues & Challenges The reintroduction of programmability into graphics hardware has produced a tremendously flexible imaging platform. At the same time, increases of processing speed relative to memory speed have shifted the performance advantage from memory-intensive graphical models to processor-intensive ones. The combination of these two trends has prompted designers of real-time systems to move away from passive models and toward procedural representations for shading, shape, and texture. This talk presents an overview of Microsoft Research’s work on new procedural representations and architectures. In addition, it presents a challenge to the established graphics pipeline and proposes alternatives more amenable to these procedural representations.
Speaker Turner Whitted
Senior Researcher and Area Manager Microsoft Research Turner Whitted is a senior researcher and area manager at Microsoft Research. He was a member of the computer science faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1983 until 2001 as well as a co-founder and director of Numerical ...

Senior Researcher and Area Manager
Microsoft Research
Turner Whitted is a senior researcher and area manager at Microsoft Research. He was a member of the computer science faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1983 until 2001 as well as a co-founder and director of Numerical Design Limited. Before that, he was a member of the technical staff in Bell Labs’ computer systems research laboratory where he introduced the notion of using recursive ray tracing to implement global illumination. He earned BSE and MS degrees from Duke University and a PhD from North Carolina State University, all in electrical engineering. In the past, he has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and ACM Transactions on Graphics and was papers chair for SIGGRAPH 97. Whitted is an ACM fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Organizer M. Howard-Sparks

When

Thu, Apr. 13, 2006
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. US/Central

Where

Rice University/Duncan Hall/McMurtry Auditorium
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
USA