Visual Modeling is a strongly interdisciplinary research
program spanning the fields of computer vision, computer graphics, and
artificial life. We also work in medical image analysis,
computer-aided design, and related application areas. The theme of
our research is analysis and synthesis of visual information by
computer, through sophisticated modeling methods based on physical and
- DT leads the Visual Modeling Group and
teaches the advanced Computer Science graduate course Visual
Modeling - CSC2530.
Faloutsos; CS PhD candidate.
- Petros received an MS in
CS in January, 1995, for the thesis ``Physics-based animation and
control of flexible characters.''
Grzeszczuk; CS PhD candidate.
- Radek received an MS in
CS in January, 1994, for the thesis ``Automatic learning of
muscle-based locomotion through control abstraction.''
(Victor) Lee; CS PhD candidate.
- Victor received an MS in
CS in October, 1993, for the thesis ``Construction and animation of
functional facial models from range/reflectance data.''
- Robert Majka;
ECE MS candidate.
- Tamer Rabie;
ECE PhD candidate.
Tonnesen; CS PhD candidate.
- David is now working at Walt
Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA.
- Qinxin Yu;
CS MS candidate.
- Ningyan Liu; PhD
candidate, EE Dept., University of Sydney.
- Ningyan has been
been engaged in overseas study with the Visual Modeling Group since
July, 1995, on an Australian Postgraduate Research Award and a
Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization Postgraduate
- Jorge Lucero; PhD
from Shizuoka University, Japan, 1993.
- Jorge worked with the
group in 1996-97 on a collaborative project (on the simulation of
facial dynamics during speech production) with Prof. Kevin
Munhall at the speech production and perception lab at Queen's University. Jorge is now
Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Brasilia.
Fieguth; PhD from MIT Dept. of EECS in 1995.
- Paul was a
member of the group in 1996 on an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is
now Assistant Professor of Systems Design
Engineering at the University of
Jasiobedzki; PhD from Warsaw Univ. of Technology, 1986.
Piotr worked with the Visual Modeling Group from 1993-95 on the ITRC funded project Ophthalmic
Image Analysis using Deformable Models. He now works at SPAR Aerospace Ltd.
McInerney; PhD, CS, January, 1997;
``Topologically adaptable deformable models for medical image
MS, CS, September, 1992;
Thesis ``Finite element
techniques for fitting deformable models to 3D data.''
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT
Artificial Intelligence Lab, Cambridge, MA.
Metaxas; PhD, CS, November, 1992;
- Thesis: ``Physics
based modeling of nonrigid objects for vision and graphics.''
Presently: Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science
at the University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
- Hong Qin; PhD, CS,
- Thesis: ``D-NURBS: Dynamic non-uniform
Presently: Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Science &
Engineering at the University of
Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- Xiaoyuan Tu;
PhD, CS, January, 1996;
- Thesis: ``Artificial animals for
computer animation: Biomechanics, locomotion, perception, and
Presently: Member of Technical Staff, Silicon Studio, Inc.,
Mountain View, CA.
Velho; PhD, CS, February, 1994;
- Thesis: ``Piecewise
descriptions of implicit surfaces and solids.''
Researcher, Instituto de Matematica Pura
e Aplicada (IMPA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bengtsson; BASc, Eng. Sci., April, 1995;
``Computational biological model of the physiology and behavior of
Morishima; Professor of Electrical Engineering at Seikei
University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Shigeo-san was a visiting
professor with the Visual Modeling Group during the 1994 academic
year. Check out the Morishima
The research activities of the Visual Modeling Group are funded in
part by grants from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and
the Information Technology Research
Center (ITRC) of Ontario.