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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.


October 13, 2017. SIG Asia and ICCV 2017 papers:  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…

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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!:  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…

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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.


October 1, 2017. Conference co-chairs:  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,…

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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":  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…

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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.


August 27, 2017. Warunika wins best paper award:  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…

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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.


August 26, 2017. GRASS featured at SIG'17:  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…

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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:  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.

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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:  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…

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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:  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…

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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!:  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!

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

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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:  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…

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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:  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…

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Jaime's Sucessful Msc Thesis Defense

December 23, 2016

Congrats to Jaime for successfully defending his MSC thesis on “Towards Learning of a Joint Geometry-Structure Manifold for Shape Exploration”.

Here is the abstract of his thesis.

We present a first attempt at producing a continuous generative model of 3D objects from a joint representation that incorporates the discrete structural variability as well as the continuous geometric variability that are often present in collections of man-made shapes. Starting from a set of compatibly segmented shapes, our main contribution consists in demonstrating the construction of the joint representation. Then, by using Gaussian Process learning to produce a predictive manifold from the joint representation, we investigate its capabilities and limitations for reproducing and synthesizing new shapes.


December 23, 2016. Jaime's Sucessful Msc Thesis Defense:  Congrats to Jaime for successfully defending his MSC thesis on “Towards Learning of a Joint Geometry-Structure Manifold for Shape Exploration”. Here is the abstract of his thesis. We present a first attempt at producing a continuous generative model of 3D objects from a joint representation…

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Warunika's Successful Msc Thesis Defense

December 9, 2016

Congrats to Warunika for successfully defending her MSc thesis on “ExquiMo: An Exquisite Corpse Tool for Co-Creative 3D Shape Modeling”. The researchers would like to assure you that no person, dog, or any other animals were killed as the result of conducting this thesis research.

Here is the abstract of her work:

We introduce a shape modeling tool, ExquiMo, which is guided by the idea of improving the creativity of 3D shape designs through collaboration. Inspired by the game of Exquisite Corpse, our tool allocates distinct parts of a shape to multiple players who model the assigned parts in a sequence. Our approach is motivated by the understanding that effective surprise leads to creative outcomes. Hence, to maintain the surprise factor of the output, we conceal the previously modeled parts from the most recent player. Part designs from individual players are fused together to produce an often unexpected, hence creative, end result. We demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborative modeling for both man-made and natural shapes. Our results show that, when compared to models designed by individual users, multi-user collaborative modeling via ExquiMo tends to lead to more creative designs in terms of the most common criteria used to identify creative artifacts.


December 9, 2016. Warunika's Successful Msc Thesis Defense:  Congrats to Warunika for successfully defending her MSc thesis on “ExquiMo: An Exquisite Corpse Tool for Co-Creative 3D Shape Modeling”. The researchers would like to assure you that no person, dog, or any other animals were killed as the result of conducting this thesis research. Here…

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New students joining GrUVi

September 7, 2016

Nine new members are joining the GrUVi lab in the fall semester of 2016. We welcome:

Ali Mahdavi-Amiri, a new postdoc to start in January 2017, who obtained his PhD from University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, his MSc from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and his BSc from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.

Han Liu, a new postdoc starting in June 2016, who obtained her PhD from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, her MSc from Xiamen University, China, and her BSc from Huangshang University, China.

Kiana Mostaghasi, a new MSc student starting in September 2016, who obtained her BSc from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran.

Nelson Nuata, a new MSc student starting in September 2016, who obtained B.Eng. from University of Campinas, Brazil.

Akshay Gadi Patil, a new Ph.D. student starting in September 2016, who obtained his M.Tech from  Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, and his B.Eng. from the P.E.S Institute of Technology (now PES University).

Rakesh Shrestha, a new M.Sc. student starting in September 2016, who obtained his B.Sc. from Bangladash.

Feitong Tan, a new Ph.D. student starting in September 2016, who obtained his M.Sc. from Chengdu, China.

Sicong Tang, a new Ph.D. starting in September 2016, who obtained his M.Sc. from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China.

Zili Yi, a visiting PhD student starting in September 2016, who obtained his M.E. from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and his BSc from Nanjing University, China.


September 7, 2016. New students joining GrUVi:  Nine new members are joining the GrUVi lab in the fall semester of 2016. We welcome: Ali Mahdavi-Amiri, a new postdoc to start in January 2017, who obtained his PhD from University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, his MSc from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and his BSc from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran. Han Liu, a new postdoc starting…

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Richard keynote talk at CCCG'16

August 5, 2016

GrUVi faculty Richard Zhang was invited to give a keynote talk at the 2016 Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry (CCCG). His talk is titled “New Geometry Problems in Computational Design and Fabrication”.


August 5, 2016. Richard keynote talk at CCCG'16:  GrUVi faculty Richard Zhang was invited to give a keynote talk at the 2016 Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry (CCCG). His talk is titled “New Geometry Problems in Computational Design and Fabrication”.

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GrUVi co-authors three SIG papers

July 24, 2016

The three papers are: Learning How Objects Function via Co-Analysis of Interactions, Connected Fermat Spirals for Layered Fabrication, and Legible Compact Calligrams. The latter paper was led by Changqing Zou, a postdoc co-supervised by Ping and Richard, who just had his first paper accepted to SIGGRAPH. This work was a collaboration between SFU and UBC. Other collaborators on these papers include those from Carleton University, Shenzhen University, Purdue University, Shandong University, Tel-Aviv University, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC, Israel), Toyota Technical Institute (TTI, USA), Dalian University of Technology, and University of Southern California.


July 24, 2016. GrUVi co-authors three SIG papers:  The three papers are: Learning How Objects Function via Co-Analysis of Interactions, Connected Fermat Spirals for Layered Fabrication, and Legible Compact Calligrams. The latter paper was led by Changqing Zou, a postdoc co-supervised by Ping and Richard, who just had his first paper accepted to SIGGRAPH. This work was a…

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Richard wins SFU service award

May 19, 2016

Richard Zhang completed his four-year term as the Graduate Program Director at the School of Computing Science on April 30, 2016. With his services and contributions, he was selected as the sole winner of the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies Award of Excellence in Leadership in 2016. Each award consists of a prize of a $1,000 graduate student travel award that will be disbursed in the following academic year to a graduate student of the award recipient™s choice to attend a conference to present a paper.


May 19, 2016. Richard wins SFU service award:  Richard Zhang completed his four-year term as the Graduate Program Director at the School of Computing Science on April 30, 2016. With his services and contributions, he was selected as the sole winner of the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies Award of Excellence in Leadership…

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Ibraheem wins Alain Fournier Award

March 14, 2016

This award is given to the top computer graphics Ph.D. dissertation defended in a Canadian university in a given year and will be officially announced at Graphics Interface ‘16. The award recognizes the strength and quality of Ibraheem’s contributions in his dissertation titled “Topology Varying Shape Matching and Modelling”.


March 14, 2016. Ibraheem wins Alain Fournier Award:  This award is given to the top computer graphics Ph.D. dissertation defended in a Canadian university in a given year and will be officially announced at Graphics Interface ‘16. The award recognizes the strength and quality of Ibraheem’s contributions in his dissertation titled “Topology Varying…