Computer Graphics

University of California - Berkeley



Berkeley Graphics Alums, Hayley Iben and Sarah Beth Eisinger have been featured in Khan Acedemy's Pixar in a Box series of tutorials.

December 16, 2016

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.



Prof. O'Brien receives Technical Achievement award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Finite Element Destruction Modeling

January 12, 2015

Prof. James O'Brien will be receiving a Technical Achievement award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Finite Element Destruction Modeling. The software he developed has been used in over 60 Feature films during the last five years, including Harry Potter, Man of Steel, 300: Rise of an Empire, Godzilla, Life of Pi, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy.



Scientific American selected Brian Barsky and Fu-Chung Huang's research on vision correcting displays as one of 2014s ten World Changing Ideas

December 1, 2014

Research by Brian Barsky and Fu-Chung and their colleagues at MIT on displays that correct for the viewer's vision problems has been selected as one of 2014's ten "World Changing Ideas" by Scientific American.

To be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver

August 10, 2014

Adaptive Tearing and Cracking of Thin Sheets
Tobias Pfaff, Rahul Narain, Juan Miguel de Joya, and James O'Brien

Exposing Photo Manipulation from Shading and Shadows
Eric Kee, James O'Brien, and Hany Farid

Self-Refining Games using Player Analytics
Matt Stanton, Ben Humberston, Brandon Kase, James O'Brien, Kayvon Fatahalian, and Adrien Treuille

Factored Axis-Aligned Filtering for Rendering Multiple Distribution ... [more]

Brian Barsky and Fu-Chung Huang's research featured in MIT Technology Review

July 24, 2014

MIT Technology Review published an article "Prototype display could make reading glasses obsolete" about Brian Barsky and Fu-Chung Huang's research on display technology that compensates for vision defects. Their approach uses measurements of the optical defects of the viewer's visual system and computes a compensated image that will appear in sharp focus, without the need to wear corrective lenses, when ... [more]



To be presented at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 conference in Hong Kong

November 19, 2013

Fast Simulation of Mass-Spring Systems
Tiantian Liu, Adam W. Bargteil, James F. O'Brien, and Ladislav Kavan

3D Self-Portraits
Hao Li, Etienne Vouga, Anton Gudym, Jonathan T. Barron, Linjie Luo, Gleb Gusev

Designing and Fabricating Mechanical Automata from Mocap Sequences
Duygu Ceylan, Wilmot Li, Niloy J. Mitra, Maneesh Agrawala, Mark Pauly

Alexei (Alyosha) Efros joins Graphics Faculty

August 1, 2013

We're happy to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Prof. Efros!

To be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2013 conference in Anaheim, CA

May 1, 2013

Folding and Crumpling Adaptive Sheets
Rahul Narain, Tobias Pfaff, and James O'Brien

Exposing Photo Manipulation with Inconsistent Shadows
Eric Kee, James O'Brien, and Hany Farid

Gloss Perception in Painterly and Cartoon Rendering
Adrien Bousseau, James P. O'Shea, Fredo Durand, Ravi Ramamoorthi, and Maneesh Agrawala

Perception of Perspective Distortions in Image-Based Rendering
Peter Vangorp, Christian Richardt ... [more]



To be presented at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 conference in Singapore

September 4, 2012

Adaptive Anisotropic Remeshing for Cloth Simulation
Rahul Narain, Armin Samii, and James F. O'Brien

Correcting for Optical Aberrations using Multilayer Displays
Fu-Chung Huang, Douglas Lanman, Brian Barsky, and Ramesh Raskar

Axis-Aligned Filtering for Interactive Sampled Soft Shadows
Soham Mehta, Brandon Wang. and Ravi Ramamoorthi

To be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference in LA

May 20, 2012

Selectively De-Animating Video
Jiamin Bai, Aseem Agarwala, Maneesh Agrawala, and Ravi Ramamoorthi
A Framework for Content-Adaptive Photo Manipulation Macros: Application to Face, Landscape and Global Manipulations
Floraine Berthouzoz, Wilmot Li, Mira Dontcheva, and Maneesh Agrawala
Exposing Photo Manipulation with Inconsistent Reflections
James F. O'Brien, and Hany Farid
Updated Sparse Cholesky Factors ... [more]

Spring 2012 VCL Visitors

February 7, 2012

We're happy to welcome Brian Curless, Hany Farid, Adrien Treuille, and Victor Zordan as visiting faculty to the Visual Computing Lab at UC Berkeley.



2011 Graphics Retreat

October 7, 2011

We had our anual Graphics Retreat in Bodega Bay at Inn at the Tides. Great talks, good company, nice weather, and a gorgeous hike along the seashore cliffs. Enjoy the pictures in the links.

Prof. O'Brien Promoted to Full Professor

October 1, 2011

Professor O'Brien joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2000, the same year he completed his doctorate at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on computer graphics, animation, physical simulation, and digital forensics.

Construction of the new Visual Computing Lab has started.

June 1, 2011

The new lab and office space for our Visual Computing Lab is now under construction. It is expected to be completed in time for the Fall 2011 Semester.

Joe Marks speaking in the EECS Distinguished Lecture Series

May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4 4:00 - 5:00 pm
306 Soda Hall Hewlett-Packard Auditorium

Joe Marks grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He holds three degrees from Harvard University. His areas of interest include computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. He has worked previously at Bolt Beranek and Newman and at Digital's Cambridge Research Laboratory. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company he was the ... [more]

Accepted to the SIGGRAPH 2011 conference in Vancouver

May 1, 2011

Perceptually Based Tone Mapping for Low-Light Conditions
Adam G. Kirk, James F. O'Brien

Data-Driven Elastic Models for Cloth: Modeling and Measurement
Huamin Wang, James F. O'Brien, Ravi Ramamoorthi

Frequency Analysis and Sheared Filtering for Shadow Light Fields of Complex Occluders
Kevin Egan, Florian Hecht, Fredo Durand, Ravi Ramamoorthi

Interactive Furniture Layout Using Interior Design Guidelines
Paul ... [more]

Awards at I3D.

February 20, 2011

The paper Real-Time Rough Refraction co-authored by Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi won the best paper award at the 2011 ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games held in San Francisco, February 18-20. Prof. Carlo Séquin's poster on Interactive Construction of 3D Mathematical Visualization Models won Honorable Mention for 2nd Best Poster.

Graphics alumnus, Tony DeRose, selected for EECS 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award

February 17, 2011

Tony DeRose is a Senior Scientist and head of the Research Group at Pixar. He was a student of Professor Barsky and received his Ph.D. in 1985. He then spent ten years as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington before joining Pixar in 1995. He was a major contributor to the Oscar-winning film "Geri's Game." In 2006, he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for his work on ... [more]

Prof. Carlo Séquin's Torus Knot (5,3) Wins 2nd Place Award at the 2011 JMM Art Exhibit

January 9, 2011

Prof. Carlo Séquin's bronze sculpture Torus Knot (5,3) wins 2nd Place Award at the Exhibit of Mathematical Art associated with the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in New Orleans, January 6-9.



To be Presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 in Seoul

August 5, 2010

Accepted to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 conference:

Multi-Resolution Isotropic Strain Limiting
H. Wang, J. O'Brien, and R. Ramamoorthi

Prof. Carlo Séquin unveils Torus-Knot_(5,3) in Ashland, OR

June 13, 2010

Prof. Carlo Séquin participates in the exhibit Art Inspired by Science at the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR, running from June 13 through September 3, 2010. He exhibits five different metal sculptures. On opening day Séquin unveiled his newest bronze sculpture, which he had never actually seen before that day, since it was shipped directly from Steve Reinmuth's bronze foundary in Eugene, OR, to the exhibit under ... [more]

Prof. O'Brien Elected SIGGRAPH Director at Large

June 8, 2010

Prof. James O'Brien has been elected to serve on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee as Director at Large. Also elected were Jacqueline Ford Morie and Turner Whitted. Members of the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee serve three-year terms.

To be Presented at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles

March 28, 2010

Accepted to the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference:

Example-Based Wrinkle Synthesis for Clothing Animation
H. Wang, F. Hecht, R. Ramamoorthi, and J. O'Brien

Dynamic Local Remeshing for Elastoplastic Simulation
M. Wicke, D. Ritchie, B. Klingner, S. Burke, J. Shewchuk, and J. O'Brien

TOG paper to be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference:

Using Blur to Affect Perceived Distance and Size
R. Held, E. Cooper, J. O'Brien, and M. Banks

Alumnus Paul Debevec wins Academy Award for Light Stage work

January 15, 2010

Based on original research led by Debevec at the University of California at Berkeley and published at the 2000 SIGGRAPH conference, the Light Stage systems efficiently capture how an actor's face appears when lit from different lighting directions. From this captured imagery, specialized algorithms create realistic virtual renditions of the actor in the illumination of any location or set, faithfully reproducing ... [more]



Prof. Maneesh Agrawala named a MacArthur Fellow

September 15, 2009

Prof. Maneesh Agrawala received a MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes originality and dedication in creative pursuits. Prof. Agrawala was one of 24 recipients nationwide across all scientific, artistic and social fields, and ages.

Prof. O'Brien selected as ACM Distinguished Scientist

September 1, 2009

The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

SCA 09 Best paper award

August 1, 2009

The paper Real-Time Deformation and Fracture in a Game Environment by Eric G. Parker, James O'Brien received the award for Best Paper at SCA 2009.

Grand Opening of CITRIS

February 27, 2009

February 27 2009 is the official inauguration day for Sutardja Dai Hall, the new 7-story building at U.C. Berkeley that serves as the headquaters for CITRIS -- the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. Prof. Malik and the whole Vision group moved to a new home on the top floor, which they occupy together with the Robotics group. Prof. Carlo Séquin was part of the Building Committee that defined ... [more]

Prof. Carlo Séquin's Figure-8 Knot Wins 2nd Prize at the 2009 JMM Art Exhibit

January 8, 2009

Prof. Carlo Séquin's Figure-8 Knot bronze sculpture wins 2nd prize at the Exhibit of Mathematrical Art associated with the 2009 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Washington DC, January 5-8.

We welcome Prof. Ramamoorthi

January 1, 2009

We are very excited to have Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi join our department and group. Ravi is arriving from Columbia University, and brings many honors including the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. His research strengths focus on mathematical models for rendering, visual appearance, and physics-based vision.



Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi wins PECASE Award

December 20, 2008

Prof. Ramamoorthi has been selected a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor of the US Govt for early career researchers, and was presented in a White House function in December.

Prof. Maneesh Agrawala receives the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award

August 7, 2008

Prof. Maneesh Agrawala has been named the 2008 recipient of the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, the highest early career honor in computer graphics for his work in the area of novel visualization techniques and user interaction models across a range of problem domains.

Profs. O'Brien and Barsky selected as a 2008-2009 Presidential Chair Fellows

August 1, 2008

The Presidential Chair Fellows Program offers ladder-rank Senate faculty a unique opportunity to improve their teaching and enhance their career development. Ten to twelve faculty members a year participate in a two-semester series of workshops and seminars focused on teaching and learning.

Prof. O'Brien awarded the Jim and Donna Gray Endowment Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

May 13, 2008

The annual Jim and Donna Gray Endowment Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is to be awarded to faculty with excellence in undergraduate teaching within Computer Science. The award was established in honor of Prof. Michael A. Harrison



Prof. O'Brien receives Georgia Tech's GVU 15 Award

October 25, 2007

GVU celebrated "15 Years of Impact" at this anniversary symposium on October 25, 2007. James O'Brien was honored for his ongoing academic excellence in the field of computer animation.

Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi wins ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award

August 7, 2007

Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi has been named the 2007 recipient of the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, the highest early career honor in computer graphics, for his his groundbreaking work on mathematical representations and computational models for the visual appearance of objects.

Bronze Sculpture Pax Mundi installed at H & R Block Headquarters

January 18, 2007

Pax Mundi is the result of a collaborative effort by Brent Collins, Steve Reinmuth, and Carlo Séquin. Brent Collins, a wood sculptor living in Gower, MO, created the original 30-inch diameter wood sculpture. Prof. Carlo Séquin captured the geometry of this sculpture in a parameterized procedural computer program; when the commission for this sculpture was obtained, he was able to scale up the geometry to the desired ... [more]