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Markus Gross (ETH Zurich)

Dr. Gross is a professor of computer science, head of the Institute of Computational Sciences, and director of the Computer Graphics Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich.
He received a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering and a PhD in computer graphics, both from the University of Saarbrucken, Germany in 1986 and 1989. His research interests include scientific visualization and computer graphics, in particular point-based graphics, physics-based modeling, multiresolution analysis, and virtual reality.
He has widely published and lectured on these topics, and has taught courses at major conferences including ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Visualization, and Eurographics. Dr. Gross has served as a member of international program committees of many graphics and visualization conferences. He was a papers co-chair of the IEEE Visualization 1999 and 2002 conferences and of Eurographics 2000. This year, Dr. Gross has been chair of the papers committee of the ACM SIGGRAPH conference.
He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer Society, a member of ACM and ACM Siggraph, and a member of the Eurographics Association. Dr. Gross is also a member of the advisory boards of various international research institutes and governmental agencies, and he has cofounded Cyfex and Novodex.

Ron Kimmel (Technion)

Ron Kimmel received his B.Sc. (with honors) in computer engineering in 1986, the M.S. degree in 1993 in electrical engineering, and the D.Sc. degree in 1995 from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology. During the years 1986-1991 he served as an R&D officer in the Israeli Air Force.
During the years 1995-1998 he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Computer Science Devision of Berkeley Labs, and the Mathematics Department, University of California, Berkeley. Since 1998, he has been a faculty member of the Computer Science Department at the Technion, Israel, where he is currently an associate professor.
He spent 2003-2004 as a visiting Professor at the Computer Science Department, Stanford University, and working with MediGuide Inc.
His research interests are in computational methods and their applications in: Differential geometry, numerical analysis, image processing and analysis, and computer graphics.
Prof. Kimmel was awarded the Hershel Rich Technion innovation award (twice), the Henry Taub Prize for excellence in research, Alon Fellowship, the HTI Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Wolf, Gutwirth, Ollendorff, and Jury fellowships.
He has been a consultant of HP research Labs in image processing and analysis during the years 1998-2000, and to Net2Wireless/Jigami research group during 2000-2001. He is on the advisory board of MediGuide (biomedical imaging 2002-2005), and has been on various program and organizing committees of conferences, workshops, and editorial boards of image processing and analysis journals, like International Journal of Computer Vision, and IEEE Trans. on Image Processing.
Prof. Kimmel is the author of "Numerical Geometry of Images" published by Springer, Nov. 2003.


Olivier Paugam (mental images)

Olivier Paugam has a computer science degree from INSA-Lyon in France. During his 11 years of experience in the computer graphics industry, he helped to design XSI 1.0 for Softimage, and now researches and develops geometry algorithms for mental images GmbH. His focus is high-quality rendering and visualization of massive data sets.

Arnaud Ribadeau Dumas (Dassault Systèmes)

Arnaud Ribadeau Dumas is currently Director in charge of the 3D For ALL DS strategic initiative. In this position, his responsibility is to deploy 3D technology addressing all users, enabling everyone to imagine, share, and experience in 3D.
Mr. Ribadeau Dumas joined Dassault Systèmes in 1990 and during his ten years as a product manager, created a number of innovative programs. First in charge of the development of electrical applications, he is considered ‘the father of E3D’, which is still renowned as the leading solution for 3D electrical harnessing. As the manager of Equipment, Systems and Knowledgeware Solutions from 1994 to 1997, he introduced knowledge into CATIA V4 which prepared the foundations of one of the main V5 core technologies.
Rapidly convinced of the importance of the Internet, Arnaud Ribadeau Dumas was, from 1997 to 2000, a pioneer and manager of the DS web solutions Enovia Portal and CATweb. Once again, his main objective was to innovate and deliver powerful capabilities enabling all the players of a company to access product information from any location. To this end, a large number of new technologies and patented inventions were introduced in these products.
In his recent position as Director of Research, Mr. Ribadeau Dumas and his team investigated several new technologies to support the 3D For ALL concept, resulting in revolutionary products such as Imagine & Shape. The research, performed upon a new generation of geometrical representation, was the cornerstone of 3D XML, a universal lightweight XML-based format for the quick and easy sharing of 3D data. Mr. Ribadeau Dumas graduated as a civil engineer from one of the French ‘Grandes Ecoles’, the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics (ESTP) in Paris, in 1988. Before joining Dassault Systèmes he authored several CAD softwares for personal computers such as ‘Design 3D’ and ‘CAO 3D’, and was recognized in the software community as an international 3D specialist. He is married with three children, and lives near Paris, France.

Rasmus Tamstorf (Walt Disney Feature Animation)

Rasmus Tamstorf is a senior development software engineer at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Over the past 8 years at Disney he has worked on a variety of projects including geometrical problems in non-photorealistic rendering and the establishment of a production pipeline based on subdivision surfaces. Most recently he has been working on deformation algorithms for character animation as well as dynamic simulations, and he is currently the lead of the group dealing with these topics.
Rasmus has a MS EE degree from the Technical University of Denmark and film credits on Tarzan, Dinosaurs, Lilo & Stitch, and Chicken Little among others.

Hugues Hoppe (Microsoft Research)

Hugues Hoppe is a principal researcher in the Computer Graphics Group of Microsoft Research. His primary interests lie in the multiresolution representation, parameterization, and synthesis of both geometry and textures. He received the 2004 ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for pioneering work on surface reconstruction, progressive meshes, geometry texturing, and geometry images. His publications include dozens of papers at ACM SIGGRAPH, and he is associate editor for ACM Transactions on Graphics. He obtained a BS summa cum laude in electrical engineering in 1989 and a PhD in computer science in 1994 from the University of Washington.