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The University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project (dgp) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory within the Department of Computer Science. The lab's mission is advanced research and graduate instruction in human-computer interaction and computer graphics.  dgp is home base to Computer Science faculty and students in these two areas.

News:

Ryan Schmidt's MeshMixer acquired by Autodesk.

Welcome to new graduate students for 2011: Edy Garfinkiel, Michael Glueck, Richard Guy, Nick Kim, Jānis Lībeks, Stephanie Santosa, Cloud Shao, W. Xavier Snelgrove, Michael Tao, Alexander Tessier, Chung-Lin Wen.

Prof. Daniel Wigdor returns to DGP as our newest faculty member. Welcome back!

Aaron Hertzmann wins Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences.

Dustin Freeman interviewed on CBC Radio's Spark.

Welcome to new students for 2010: Nikola Banovic, Mazen Al Borno, Jessica David, Carrie Demmans Epp, Aakar Gupta, Rorik Henrikson, Anthony McCallum, Navkar Samdaria, Sean Sutherland, Matthew Jay Williams. Welcome to William Soukoreff, post-doctoral fellow.

DGP research on locomotion controllers featured in New Scientist magazine.

DGP members co-author 4 Technical Papers at SIGGRAPH 2010.

DGP spin-off BumpTop, founded by Anand Agarawala and Ravin Balakrishnan, bought by Google.

DGP members co-author 7 papers at CHI2010, and:

  • Daniel Vogel and Ravin Balakrishnan received the best paper award for their paper "Occlusion Aware Interfaces"
  • Michael Massimi and Ron Baecker received a nomination for best paper for their paper "A Death in the Family: Opportunities for Designing Technologies for the Bereaved"

Aaron Hertzmann awarded CACS/AIC Outstanding Young CS Researcher Prize.

Welcome to new students for Fall 2009: Tyler de Witt, Mohin Jain, Gerard Julian Lepinski, Frank Chun Yat Li, Akhil Mathur, Alyssa Rosenzweig, Dominika Ruszkowzska, Yannick Thiel, Jian Zhao, John Zhou.

DGP alumnus Sam Hasinoff awarded Alain Fournier Ph.D. Award for an exceptional Canadian thesis in computer graphics.

DGP alumnus Anand Agrawala named one of the Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs of 2009 by BusinessWeek for BumpTop which evolved from his MSc thesis research conducted at DGP.

Clifton Forlines and Ravin Balakrishnan received the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at the ACM CHI 2009 Conference for their paper Improving visual search with image segmentation

DGP members co-author 7 Full-length Papers and 2 Notes at CHI 2009. See program for details.

ILoveSketch featured on slashdot.

10 new students join the lab in September 2008: Simon Breslav, Rhys Causey, Dustin Freeman, Chris Gonterman, Igor Mordatch, Peter O'Donovan, Nicholas Shim, Huixuan Tang, Jonathan Taylor, Andrew Trusty. Welcome!

DGPis40: Celebrate 40 years since the founding of DGP! Our anniversary celebration will be held on May 28-30.

DGP authors receive 3 Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards and 1 Best Note Award at the ACM CHI 2008 Conference:

    Elaine Huang & Khai Truong. (2008). Breaking the Disposable Technology Paradigm: Opportunities for Sustainable Interaction Design for Mobile Phones. CHI 2008 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.

    Xiang Cao, Jacky Jie Li, & Ravin Balakrishnan. (2008). Peephole Pointing: Modeling Acquisition of Dynamically Revealed Targets. CHI 2008 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.

    Géry Casiez & Daniel Vogel. (2008). The Effect of Spring Stiffness and Control Gain with an Elastic Rate Control Pointing Device. CHI 2008 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.

    Karen Cheng, Francisco Ernesto, & Khai Truong. (2008). Participant and Interviewer Attitudes toward Handheld Computers in the Context of HIV/AIDS Programs in Sub- Saharan Africa. CHI 2008 Best Note Award.

DGP members co-author 15 Full-length Papers and 4 Notes at CHI 2008. See program for details.

11 new students join the lab in September 2007: Andy Chow, Patrick Dubroy, Kent Fenwick, Alecia Fowler, Justin Ho, Miller Peterson, Kevin Tonon, Olga Vesselova, Sofia Karygianni, David Nowak, Matthew O'Toole. Welcome!

Daniel Wigdor's research on LucidTouch featured in MIT Technology Review

Karan Singh awarded an Ontario Early Researcher Award

Karan Singh and Alexis Angelidis received the Best Paper Award at the SCA 2007 Conference for their paper Kinodynamic skinning using volume-preserving deformations

Khai Truong in the National Post story, "In future, everything will be a computer"

Chris Collins' research featured in the Toronto Star

Ron Baecker awarded a 2007 ORION Leadership Award of Merit

Daniel Vogel and Patrick Baudisch's research on Shift featured in MIT Technology Review and ComputerWorld

Shengdong Zhao, Pierre Dragicevic, Mark Chignell, Ravin Balakrishnan, and Patrick Baudisch''s research on earPod featured in MIT Technology Review

Xiang Cao and Ravin Balakrishnan's research on handheld projector interaction featured in torontoist

Karan Singh, Ravin Balakrishnan, Steve Tsang and Abhishek Ranjan's research and licensee Sketch2 Corp. featured in the Globe and Mail

Anand Agarawala and Ravin Balakrishnan's research and startup BumpTop featured in NY Times (twice), PCWorld, MIT Tech Review, Digg (twice), BusinessWeek, CNET, CBC News, Lifehacker, Gizmodo. Others.  Video Interview: Digital Image Fest Video Podcast. The video of the BumpTop interface is the most watched video of software on YouTube, ever (well at least at the time of the video's release :-).

Daniel Vogel and Patrick Baudisch received the Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI 2007 Conference for their paper Shift: A technique for operating pen-based interfaces using touch.

DGP members co-author 15 full papers at CHI 2007.

Ravin Balakrishnan awarded a 2007 Sloan Fellowship

Tovi Grossman awarded a 2007 Microsoft Fellowship.

Sam Hasinoff and Kyros Kutulakos received the Longuet-Higgins Best Paper Award, Honorable Mention at the 9th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2006) for their paper Confocal Stereo.

Abhishek Ranjan, Jeremy Birnholtz and Ravin Balakrishnan received an Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award at the ACM CSCW 2006 Conference for their paper An exploratory analysis of partner action and camera control in a video-mediated collaborative task.

David Fono and Scott Counts received the Best Note Award at the ACM CSCW 2006 Conference for their note Sandboxes: Supporting social play through collaborative multimedia composition on mobile phones.

Anastasia Bezerianos, Pierre Dragicevic and Ravin Balakrishnan received the Best Student Paper Award at the ACM UIST 2006 conference for their paper Mnemonic rendering: An image-based approach for exposing hidden changes in dynamic displays.

Michael McGuffin ties for 1st place in the "Theoretical" category at the Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD) 2006..

Aaron Hertzmann awarded a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship.

12 new students to join the lab in September 2006: James McCrae, Sasidharan Vadakkepat, Chris Scheibe, Adrian Stere, Kalyan Sunkhavalli, Xiaojun Bi, Gerry Chu, Koji Yatani, Clifton Forlines, Michael Jurka, Ryan Schmidt, David Dearman. Welcome!

DGP members co-author 6 full papers at UIST 2006, 2 full papers and 2 notes at CSCW 2006.

Aaron Hertzmann awarded a 2006 Sloan Fellowship, and an Ontario Early Researcher Award

DGP members to present 8 full papers at CHI 2006.

DGP members present 2 papers at NIPS 2005.

Khai Truong joins the DGP faculty. Welcome!

DGP members present 4 papers at UIST 2005, 2 papers at InfoVis 2005, and 2 papers at ECSCW 2005.

Nigel Morris awarded an OGGST scholarship for 2005-2006.

9 new students to join the lab in September 2005: Michael Daum, Thomas Diamantis, Todd Goodwin, Evangelos Kalogerakis, Christian Lessig, Michael Massimi, Simona Mindy, Derek Nowrouzezahrai, Ian Vollick; and Xiang Cao is returning to do his Ph.D. after a 2 year stint in industry. Welcome!

Patrick Coleman awarded a ATI Graduate Fellowship for 2005-2006.

Xiang Cao and Ravin Balakrishnan received the Best Paper award at the Graphics Interface 2005 conference for their paper Evaluation of an online adaptive gesture interface with command prediction.

4 dgp members awarded new OGS scholarships in the 2005 competition: Anand Agarawala, Noah Lockwood, Michael McGuffin and Steven Tsang.

Tovi Grossman, and Ravin Balakrishnan received the Best Paper award at the ACM CHI 2005 conference for their paper The Bubble Cursor: Enhancing target acquisition by dynamic resizing of the cursorís activation area.

4 dgp members awarded new NSERC scholarships in the 2005 competition: Tovi Grossman (CGSD), Daniel Vogel (CGSD), David Fono (CGSM), and Tristan Campbell (CGSM).

Gonzalo Ramos awarded a 2005 Microsoft Graduate Fellowship.

Ryan, the animated short film directed by Chris Landreth with technical contributions by dgp members Karan Singh and Patrick Coleman and dgp alumni George ElKoura and Glenn Tsang wins the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film!

Karan Singh and Patrick Coleman's contributions to Ryan highlighted in an article in the University of Toronto Bulletin.

Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor, and Ravin Balakrishnan's work on volumetric display interfaces featured in MIT Technology Review

Ron Baecker to receive the Canadian Human Computer Communication Society's 2005 Achievement Award

Ron Baecker named to the ACM CHI Academy. (citation)

Ryan, the animated short film directed by Chris Landreth with technical contributions by dgp members Karan Singh and Patrick Coleman and dgp alumni George ElKoura and Glenn Tsang was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category, and also voted one of the top ten Canadian films of 2004.

Kevin Forbes, Mike Pratscher, and Eron Steger's game was voted Most Innovative in a 72 hour game development competition!

Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor, and Ravin Balakrishnan received the Best Paper award at the ACM UIST 2004 conference for their paper Multi-finger gestural interaction with 3-D volumetric displays.

Michael McGuffin and Monica Schraefel received a Special Research Distinction award at the ACM Hypertext 2004 conference for their paper A comparison of hyperstructures: zzstructures, mSpaces, and polyarchies.

Ron Baecker and colleagues have received $5.5M in funding for the NSERC Network for Effective Collaboration Technologies Through Advanced Research (NECTAR). The official launch on 12 Oct 2004 was webcast by NECTAR & KMDI's ePresence Lab

Aaron Hertzmann named to the MIT Technology Review's list of Top 100 innovators under 35. (Article in the Globe and Mail).

Aaron Hertzmann is co-organizing, with dgp alumnus Radek Grzeszczuk, a NIPS 2004 Workshop on Learning in Graphics and Vision

9 new students joined the lab in September 2004: Anand Agarawala, Jacobo Bibliowicz, Tristan Campbell, Jonathan Deber, Martin De Lasa, David Fono, Noah Lockwood, Steven Tsang, and Jack Wang. Welcome!