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UW CSE’s Supasorn Suwajanakorn collects GeekWire Innovation of the Year Award

Supasorn Suwajanakorn onstagePh.D. student Supasorn Suwajanakorn of UW CSE’s GRAIL group took home the coveted Innovation of the Year Award at GeekWire’s annual awards bash—a.k.a. “the Oscars of Northwest tech.” He collected the award, which was voted on by members of the local tech community, for his work with with professors Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman and Steve Seitz on What Makes Tom Hanks Look Like Tom Hanks?, which combines 3-D face reconstruction, tracking, alignment, and multi-texture modeling to create a digital persona from photos mined from the internet.

Suwajanakorn took home the Madrona Prize at UW CSE’s annual Industry Affiliates meeting last October. Learn more about the project, and its potential applications in augmented and virtual reality, in a previous blog post here.

Way to go, Supasorn, Ira and Steve! And thanks to all those who voted for UW CSE! Check out the complete list of GeekWire Award winners here.