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 #12 in the world in terms of top publications in visual computing, as of 1/2018) 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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Three new visiting Gruviers!

May 18, 2018

GrUVi welcomes three new visiting students this summer: Manas Bhargave, IIT Bombay undergrad and visiting under MITACS-IIT; Ruiqi Ni, an undergrad student from University of Science and Technology (USTC) China and Chen Song, SFU-ZJU DDP student under USRA.

Welcome to GrUVi!

Three new visiting Gruviers!

May 18, 2018

GrUVi welcomes three new visiting students this summer: Manas Bhargave, IIT Bombay undergrad and visiting under MITACS-IIT; Ruiqi Ni, an undergrad student from University of Science and Technology (USTC) China and Chen Song, SFU-ZJU DDP student under USRA. Welcome to GrUVi!

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GrUVi co-authors three SIG'18 papers

May 17, 2018

Three papers co-authored by GrUVi members have been accepted at SIGGRAPH 2018: P2P-NET: Bidirectional Point Displacement Net for Shape Transform, Predictive and Generative Neural Networks for Object Functionality, and DSCarver: Decompose-and-Spiral-Carve for Subtractive Manufacturing. P2P-NET was first-authored by GrUVi’s PhD student Kangxue Yin. For more details, please visit the publications page.

GrUVi co-authors three SIG'18 papers

May 17, 2018

Three papers co-authored by GrUVi members have been accepted at SIGGRAPH 2018: P2P-NET: Bidirectional Point Displacement Net for Shape Transform, Predictive and Generative Neural Networks for Object Functionality, and DSCarver: Decompose-and-Spiral-Carve for Subtractive Manufacturing. P2P-NET was first-authored by GrUVi’s PhD student Kangxue Yin. For more details, please visit the publications page.

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Two talks at SFU-ZJU Symposium

May 16, 2018

Richard and Ping give talks at  “Third SFU-ZJU Joint Symposium on Big Data and Visual Computing”. The Third Joint Symposium on Big Data and Visual Computing Research is a forum where researchers and students from the two universities will meet, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities.

Two talks at SFU-ZJU Symposium

May 16, 2018

Richard and Ping give talks at  “Third SFU-ZJU Joint Symposium on Big Data and Visual Computing”. The Third Joint Symposium on Big Data and Visual Computing Research is a forum where researchers and students from the two universities will meet, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities.

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Kangkang's NSERC DAS Award

April 12, 2018

Congrats to Kangkang who has received a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) for 2018. Each year 125 applicants to NSERC Discovery grants receive this award, which comes with $40K per year for three years on top of a Discovery Grant award!

The DAS Program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field. Furthermore, the Discovery Grants Program prioritizes research with long-term goals and recognizes the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances.

Well done Kangkang!

Kangkang's NSERC DAS Award

April 12, 2018

Congrats to Kangkang who has received a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) for 2018. Each year 125 applicants to NSERC Discovery grants receive this award, which comes with $40K per year for three years on top of a Discovery Grant award! The DAS Program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field. Furthermore, the Discovery Grants Program prioritizes research with long-term goals and recognizes the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Well done Kangkang!

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× Yasu's CS-Can/Info-Can Award

April 10, 2018

Congrats to Yasu who has received an Outstanding Young CS Researcher Award for 2017.

These prizes recognize excellence in research, and are made to top young faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who are within the first 10 years of their career beyond the completion of their PhD.

Well done Yasu!

April 10, 2018
Yasu's CS-Can/Info-Can Award

× GI'18 to feature two GrUVi alumni

April 8, 2018

Graphics Interface 2018 (GI'18) will be held in York University, May 8-11. Two of our GrUVi alumni, Oliver van Kaick and Andrea Tagliasacchi, are invited speakers on the program!

Graphics Interface is an annual international conference devoted to computer graphics and human-computer interaction (HCI). GI is the longest running conference in the field (the first conference was held in 1969), consistently attracting high-quality submissions from graphics, HCI, as well as visualization.

April 8, 2018
GI'18 to feature two GrUVi alumni

× Yasu's 2018 Google Research Award

February 23, 2018

GrUVi congratulates Yasu Furukawa, who received a Google Research Award in the current cycle! Yasu's project is titled "Automatic Floorplan Generation from Tango", and is valued at $43,000 (USD). The works funded through Google Research Awards tend to have a high impact, since research results are often published at top conferences and in top publications in Computer Science.

Well done Yasu!

February 23, 2018
Yasu's 2018 Google Research Award

× 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.

October 13, 2017
SIG Asia and ICCV 2017 papers

× 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!

× 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.

October 1, 2017
Conference co-chairs

× 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"

× 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.

August 27, 2017
Warunika wins best paper award

× 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.

August 26, 2017
GRASS featured at SIG'17

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