Congratulations to DGP researchers, Dr. Michelle Annett, postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. James McCrae (BSc 2006 UTM, MSc 2008 and PhD 2014) who each received dissertation awards at the Graphics Interface conference on Graphics, Visualization & HCI.
Michelle is a postdoctoral fellow in DGP, supervised by Professor Daniel Wigdor and DGP alumni Dr. George Fitzmaurice (PhD 1996) and Dr. Tovi Grossman (BSc 2002, MSc 2004, PhD 2008) at Autodesk Research. She received the 2014 Bill Buxton Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Human-Computer Interaction.
In her dissertation, The Fundamental Issues of Pen-Based Interaction with Tablet Devices, which she completed at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Professor Walter F. Bischof, she studies, with careful attention to minute details, the lack of responsiveness and accuracy with current pen-based systems for tablets and other similar devices. In her dissertation, she presents results that uncover novel end-user behaviors unique to digital pen-enabled devices and quantifies the significant impact that device latency, unintended touch, and stylus accuracy have on the digital inking experience today. She developed and studied a number of different prototypes that have the potential to make the next generation tablets as easy to use as writing on paper.
Her award was presented by Bill Buxton, Microsoft.
James, a graduate of DGP, supervised by Professor Karan Singh, won the 2014 Alain Fournier Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Computer Graphics.
His dissertation, entitled Planar Section Representations of 3D Shape, made several outstanding research and commercialized contributions to 3D shape modeling, perception, and fabrication. He brings a deep scientific understanding to 3D arrangements of planar sections, previously used adhoc in art and engineering, which is timely given its applications to manufactured real materials from laser cutters and CNC routers. It is a great example of multidisciplinary research covering domains of computer graphics, shape perception, and human-computer interaction, as illustrated by his numerous publications in the top venues of these disciplines.
James’ award was presented by Professor Pierre Poulin, Université de Montréal.