Tux Member Presentation

Alec Jacobson & David Levin:
A Tux Members Presentation

2016-10-25 12:30 at DGP Lab: 5th Floor, 40 St. George St.

David Levin & Alec Jacobson are the newest addition to the faculty of the DGP Lab in the Department of Computer Science at U of T. They will share this hour to present their recent work, and share their plans for the research.

About Alec Jacobson

Alec Jacobson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto. Before that he was a post-doctoral researcher at Columbia University working with Prof. Eitan Grinspun. He received a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, and an MA and BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. His thesis on real-time deformation techniques for 2D and 3D shapes was awarded the ETH Medal and the Eurographics Best PhD award. Leveraging ideas from differential geometry and finite-element analysis, his work in geometry processing improves exposure of geometric quantities, while his novel user interfaces reduce human effort and increase exploration. He has published several papers in the proceedings of SIGGRAPH. He leads development of the widely used geometry processing library, libigl, winner of the 2015 SGP software award

About David Levin

I love numerical simulation! My main research interest is in using new simulation techniques to allow artists, engineers and scientists to study and create — everything from animations to machines. Currently I pursue this goal as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. I’ve also spent time as an Associate Research Scientist at Disney Research and a postdoc with Prof. Wojciech Matusik at MIT. Before my tenure in Boston, MA I studied Sensorimotor computation under Dinesh K. Pai at the University of British Columbia and spent 3-months at WETA Digital working on biomechanics based simulation. When not stuck in front of a computer I enjoy skiing, board games, crossfit, and am slowly learning to play the ukulele (emphasis on learning and slowly …).