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UW CSE Ph.D. alum Noah Snavely wins 2014 SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award

snavelyCongratulations once again to UW CSE Ph.D. alum Noah Snavely, who on Monday will receive the 2014 SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, the top award for young researchers in the computer graphics field.

Noah is a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University, working in the Cornell Graphics and Vision Group. (He is currently on leave at Google, which acquired a startup that he founded.) His research interests are in computer vision and computer graphics, in particular in recovering 3D structure from large community photo collections for use in graphics and visualization. His Ph.D. work at UW, co-supervised by Steve Seitz and Rick Szeliski, formed the computer vision technology behind Microsoft’s ground-breaking Photosynth offering.

Noah has previously been recognized with an NSF PECASE Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and an MIT Technology Review TR35 Award. Whew!

The SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award is familiar ground for UW CSE faculty and alums: Ph.D. alum Karen Liu received it in 2012, and faculty member Zoran Popovic received it in 2004. Ditto the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award (for senior researchers): affiliate professor Rick Szeliski received it in 2011, Ph.D. alum Hughes Hoppe received it in 2004, faculty member David Salesin received it in 2000, faculty member Tony DeRose received it in 1999, affiliate professor Michael Cohen received it in 1998, and Ph.D. alum Loren Carpenter received it in 1985.

Congratulations to Noah, and to all the members – faculty and students, past present and future – of UW CSE’s extraordinary computer graphics, vision, animation, and game science group.