Welcome to GrUVi @ CS.SFU!

We are an inter-disciplinary team of researchers working in visual computing, in particular, computer graphics and computer vision. Current areas of focus include 3D and robotic vision, 3D printing and content creation, animation, AR/VR, geometric and image-based modelling, machine learning, natural phenomenon, and shape analysis. Our research works frequently appear in top venues such as SIGGRAPH, CVPR, and ICCV (we rank #13 in the world in terms of top publications in visual computing, as of 10/2017) and we collaborate widely with the industry and academia (e.g., Adobe Research, Google, MSRA, Princeton, Stanford, and Washington). Our faculty and students have won numerous honours and awards, including FRSC, Alain Fournier Best Thesis Award, Google Faculty Award, TR35@Singapore, NSERC Discovery Accelerator, and six best paper awards from ECCV, SCA, SGP, etc. Gruvi alumni went on to take up faculty positions in Canada, the US, and Asia, while others now work at companies including Apple, EA, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

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SIG Asia and ICCV 2017 papers

October 13, 2017

GrUVi members co-author two technical papers: “Learning to Predict Part Mobility from a Single Static Snapshot” and “Learning to Group Discrete Graphical Patterns”; and one course at SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 27-30. At ICCV 2017, three papers co-authored by GrUVi members have been presented.

SIG Asia and ICCV 2017 papers

October 13, 2017

GrUVi members co-author two technical papers: “Learning to Predict Part Mobility from a Single Static Snapshot” and “Learning to Group Discrete Graphical Patterns”; and one course at SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 27-30. At ICCV 2017, three papers co-authored by GrUVi members have been presented.

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Conference co-chairs

October 1, 2017

GrUVi faculty Yasu Furukawa will be a program co-chair for 3DV 2017, which will be held in Qingdao, China between October 10 and 12. Richard Zhang will also be a program co-chair for Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2018, which will be hosted at Bintan Island, Indonesia, June 11-14, 2018.

Conference co-chairs

October 1, 2017

GrUVi faculty Yasu Furukawa will be a program co-chair for 3DV 2017, which will be held in Qingdao, China between October 10 and 12. Richard Zhang will also be a program co-chair for Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2018, which will be hosted at Bintan Island, Indonesia, June 11-14, 2018.

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Warunika wins best paper award

August 27, 2017

The paper “An Exquisite Corpse Tool for Collaborative 3D Shape Design”, co-authored by Warunika, Parmit Chilana, Daniel Cohen-Or, and Richard Zhang won a best paper award at the recent CAD/Graphics conference. This work was part of Warunika’s MSc thesis; she graduated in Dec 2016 and is now at IBM.

Warunika wins best paper award

August 27, 2017

The paper “An Exquisite Corpse Tool for Collaborative 3D Shape Design”, co-authored by Warunika, Parmit Chilana, Daniel Cohen-Or, and Richard Zhang won a best paper award at the recent CAD/Graphics conference. This work was part of Warunika’s MSc thesis; she graduated in Dec 2016 and is now at IBM.

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GRASS featured at SIG'17

August 26, 2017

The paper “Generative Recursive Autoencoder for Shape Structures (GRASS)” co-authored by Prof. Richard Zhang and former GrUVi member Kai Xu, was selected as one of the six technical papers from SIGGRAPH 2017 for press release. See the press release article here and an invited article by Richard Zhang on SFU’s official website.

GRASS featured at SIG'17

August 26, 2017

The paper “Generative Recursive Autoencoder for Shape Structures (GRASS)” co-authored by Prof. Richard Zhang and former GrUVi member Kai Xu, was selected as one of the six technical papers from SIGGRAPH 2017 for press release. See the press release article here and an invited article by Richard Zhang on SFU’s official website.

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× Gruvi welcomes Jon Liu!

October 13, 2017

Jon Liu as Gruvi's new MSc student. Jon obtained his Master's degree from National Tsinghua University in computer graphics and since then, he has worked in the industry for many years. He recently immigrated to Canada and started his grad studies at SFU in the summer this year. Jon is interested in robotic 3D vision problems. Welcome Jon!

October 13, 2017
Gruvi welcomes Jon Liu!

× Rui Ma's thesis "pass as is"

September 19, 2017

Rui has successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Sub-Scene Level Analysis and Synthesis of 3D Indoor Scenes". The thesis and defence has been designated with a "pass as is" distinction by the defence committee members Oliver Deussen (external examiner), Yasu (internal examiner), Ze-Nian (thesis committee members), and Kangkang (chair). Rui Ma also landed a position at Research Scientist at Altumview Systems Inc. Congratulations Rui!

September 19, 2017
Rui Ma's thesis "pass as is"

× Richard keynote talk at CAD/Graphics

August 25, 2017

Richard Zhang gave a keynote talk on "Can Machines Learn to Generate 3D Shapes" at the Biannual International Conference on Computer Aided Design and Graphics (CAD/Graphics) in Zhangjiajie, China.

August 25, 2017
Richard keynote talk at CAD/Graphics

× GrUVi co-authors three SIG'17 papers

August 10, 2017

Three papers co-authored by GrUVi members have been accepted to SIGGRAPH 2017: GRASS:Generative Recursive Autoencoders for Shape Structures, Time Slice Video Synthesis by Robust Video Alignment, and Deformation-Driven Shape Correspondence via Shape Recognition.

Two of these papers are first-authored by PhD students from GrUVi Zhaopeng Cui and Chenyang Zhu. In addition, one paper accepted to ACM Transaction on Graphics, Co-Locating Style-Defining Elements on 3D Shapes, will also be presented at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles. Collaborators on these papers include researchers from Adobe Research, Tel Aviv University, Stanford University, National University of Defense Technology, Carleton University, IIT Bombay, Shenzhen University, and University of Cyprus.

August 10, 2017
GrUVi co-authors three SIG'17 papers

× Zhaopeng goes to ETH

July 29, 2017

Zhaopeng, who successfully defended his PhD thesis earlier this month, will start his postdoc position at ETH. His thesis also received the rare distinction of "pass as is". Previous GrUViers who received such a distinction include Ibraheem Alhashim (2015), Andrea Tagliasacchi (2013), and Oliver van Kaick (2011). Congratulations Zhaopeng!

July 29, 2017
Zhaopeng goes to ETH

× Zhiqhin and Manyi are new Gruviers!

July 25, 2017

Gruvi welcomes two new members, Zhiqin Chen and Manyi Li, who will join our group during Fall 2017. Zhiqin is a new master student who obtained his bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, while Manyi is a visiting Ph.D. from Shandong University, China. Welcome!

July 25, 2017
Zhiqhin and Manyi are new Gruviers!

× Changqing Zou goes to UMIACS

July 22, 2017

Postdoc Changqing Zou will take up an Assistant Research Scientist position at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Congratulations Changqing!

July 22, 2017
Changqing Zou goes to UMIACS

× Ibraheem speaks at KAUST

May 9, 2017

GrUVi alumni Ibraheem Alhashim, who was a PhD student supervised by Richard Zhang between 2011 and 2015, was recently invited to speak at the KAUST Visual Computing (KAUST RC-VC) “ Modeling and Reconstruction conference. Speakers at the conference include many of the top experts in the fields of computer graphics and visual computing. Please follow this link for news coverage on Ibraheem's talk and other presentations at the conference.

May 9, 2017
Ibraheem speaks at KAUST

× New GrUVi faculty Kangkang Yin

May 1, 2017

It is official! Prof. Kangkang Yin will be joining SFU CS as an Associate Professor starting July 2017. As one of the leading experts in computer animation and simulation, she will be a fantastic addition to the GrUVi lab. Most recently, KangKang Yin was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. She worked as an Associate Researcher at Microsoft Research Asia from 2008 to 2010, after she obtained her PhD degree from the University of British Columbia in 2007.

May 1, 2017
New GrUVi faculty Kangkang Yin

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