Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Title: The digital Patient : from the modelling to the simulation of patient specific articulations

Day 2, Wednesday, 11 June, 2014, 09:30 - 10:15, Ballroom 1&2

Session Chair: Prof Dagan Feng

Abstract: This presentation describes a methodology for the modelling and the simulation of musculoskeletal disorders for the digital patient. In the first part of our talk, we will describe the results of the 3D Anatomical Human Marie Curie Project and show a clinical study related to osteoarthritis of the hip, a pathogenesis possibly due to impingements. These bone collisions lead to abnormal joint mechanics which is characterized by contact pressure and stress distribution upon the joint cartilages. In the second ongoing case study, we will show how we use multi scale information coming from the molecular level and the cell level to allow a better simulation of the patient knee. This actual research is supported by the Marie Curie Program framework 7, Multi-scale Biological Modalities for Physiological Human Articulation Project (see

Speaker's Biography: Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann has pioneered research into virtual humans over the last 30 years. She obtained several Bachelor's and Master's degrees in various disciplines (Psychology, Biology and Biochemistry) and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the University of Geneva in 1977. From 1977 to 1989, she was Professor at the University of Montreal in Canada.

In 1989, she moved to the University of Geneva where she founded the interdisciplinary research group MIRALab ( Her global research area is the Virtual Human and Social Robot. She has acquired a great experience of collaborative research through her strong participation to more than 50 European Research Projects. She has coordinated several of them, the most recent ongoing one is the Marie Curie Project MUSTISCALE HUMAN (

Together with her PhD students, she has published more than 500 papers and books on Virtual Humans and Social Robots with research topics such as 3D clothes, hair, body gestures, emotions modelling, and extensive research on medical simulation.

She has been invited to give more than 300 keynote lectures in various institutions and organizations, among them the World Economic Forum in Davos. She was Vice-Rector at the University of Geneva from 2003-2006. She is a Member of high level international evaluation committees, among the recent ones the Jury of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund in Austria, the Advisory Board for Computer Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Review Panel in Ottawa, the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels and the Scientific Council of the Institute of Mines-Telecom, Paris, France.

She is Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer Journal published by Springer Verlag, Co- Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds published by Wiley and Associate Editor of many other scientific journals. During her Career, she has received more than 30 Awards such as "Woman of the Year", an early recognition in Montreal in 1987. Among the recent ones, she was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa in Natural Sciences from the Leibniz University of Hanover in Germany in 2009, the Distinguished Career Award from the European Association for Computer Graphics in Norrkoping, Sweden in 2010, an Honorary Doctorate of the University in Ottawa in 2010 and a Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society in Toronto in 2012.

Recently, she received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award in Germany given to "academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future".

Besides directing her research group MIRALab in Switzerland, she is presently Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Prof. Holly Rushmeier

Yale, USA

Title: Material Appearance Modeling

Day 3, Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 09:00 - 09:45, Ballroom 1&2

Session Chair: Prof Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

Abstract: The field of computer graphics has seen significant advances in modeling material appearance. In this talk I will review the advances in this area with particular emphasis on applications in biology, industrial design and cultural heritage. I will outline areas where more research is needed including authoring material appearance models, search techniques for materials, and combining appearance and geometric properties of materials.

Speaker's Biography: Holly Rushmeier is professor and chair of Computer Science at Yale University. She received the BS (1977), MS(1986), and PhD (1988) in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Since receiving the PhD she has held positions at GeorgiaTech, NIST and IBM TJ Watson Research. Her area of interest is computer graphics. Her current research focuses on scanning andmodeling of shape and appearance properties, and on applications in cultural heritage. Her past projects include a project to create a digital model of Michelangelo's Florence Pieta and models of Egyptian cultural artifacts in a joint project between IBM and the Government of Egypt. She is coauthor of the text "Digital Modeling of Material Appearance." Dr. Rushmeier has served as the co-chair of the ACM Publications Board, the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics and as papers chair or co-chair for several conferences including the ACM SIGGRAPH conference and IEEE Visualization. She currently serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Computer Graphics Forum and on several other editorial boards. She is an ACM Distinguished Engineer, a Fellow of the Eurographics Association and recipient of the 2013 ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.

Prof. Mohammed Bennamoun

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Title: At the Crossroad of 3D Computer Vision, Robotics and Computer Graphics

Day 4, Friday, 13 June, 2014, 09:00 - 09:45, Ballroom 1&2

Session Chair: Dr Jinman Kim

Abstract: Robotics has made significant progress in cases of structured and constrained environments, e.g. manufacturing. However, it is still in its infancy when it comes to applications in unstructured and unconstrained situations e.g. social environments. In some aspects such as speed, strength and accuracy, robots have superior capacities compared to humans but that is not the case for person/object recognition, language, manual dexterity, and social interaction and understanding capabilities. The robotics community believes that robotics will go a long way if robots are able to attain the (i) recognition capabilities of a two year old baby, (ii) language capabilities of a four year old child, (iii) manual dexterity capabilities of a six year old child, and (iv) the social interaction and understanding capabilities of an eight year old child.

Developing a computer vision system with Human visual recognition capabilities has been a very big challenge. It has been hindered mainly by: (i) the non-availability of 3D sensors (with the capabilities of the human eye) which are able to simultaneously capture appearance (colour and texture), surface shapes of objects while in motion, and (ii) the non-availability of algorithms to process this information in real-time. Recently, a number of affordable 3D sensors appeared in the market which is resulting in the development of practical 3D systems. Examples include 3D object and 3D face recognition for biometric applications, as well as the development of home robotic platforms to assist the elderly with mild cognitive impairment.

The objective of the talk will be to describe few 3D computer vision projects and computer graphics tools used towards the development of a platform for assistive robotics in messy living environments. Various systems with applications and their motivations will be described including 3D object recognition, 3D face/ear biometrics, Grasping of unknown objects, and systems to estimate the 3D pose of a person.

Speaker's Biography: Mohammed Bennamoun received his M.Sc. from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada in the area of Control Theory, and his PhD from Queen's /Q.U.T in Brisbane, Australia in the area of Computer Vision. He lectured Robotics at Queen's, and then joined QUT in 1993 as an Associate Lecturer. He is currently a Winthrop Professor and has served as the Head of the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at The University of Western Australia (UWA) for 5 years (February 2007- April 2012). He served as the Director of a University Centre at QUT: The Space Centre for Satellite Navigation from 1998-2002. He was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar and Visiting Professor in 2006 at the University of Edinburgh. He was also Visiting Professor at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Telecom Lille1, France in 2009, The Helsinki University of Technology in 2006, and The University of Bourgogne and Paris 13 in France in 2002-2003. He is the co-author of the book "Object Recognition: Fundamentals and Case Studies", Springer-Verlag, 2001, and the co-author of an Edited book on "Ontology Learning and Knowledge Discovery Using the Web", published in 2011. He published over 190 journal and conference publications, and secured highly competitive national grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Some of these grants were in collaboration with Industry partners (through the ARC Linkage Project scheme) to solve real research problems for industry, including Swimming Australia, the West Australian Institute of Sport, a textile company (Beaulieu Pacific), and AAM-GeoScan. He worked on research problems and collaborated (through joint publications, grants and supervision of PhD students) with researchers from different disciplines including Animal Biology, Speech Processing, Biomechanics, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Linguistics, Robotics, Photogrammetry, and Radiology. He collaborated with researchers from within Australia (e.g. CSIRO), as well as Internationally (e.g. Germany, France, Finland, USA). He won the Best Supervisor of the Year Award at QUT. He also received an award for research supervision at UWA in 2008. He served as a guest editor for a couple of special issues in International journals, such as the International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IJPRAI). He was selected to give conference tutorials at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) and the International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (IEEE ICASSP). He organized several special sessions for conferences; including a special session for the IEEE International Conference in Image Processing (IEEE ICIP). He was on the program committee of many conferences e.g. 3D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM) and the International Conference on Computer Vision. He also contributed in the organisation of many local and international conferences. His areas of interest include control theory, robotics, obstacle avoidance, object recognition, artificial neural networks, signal/image processing and computer vision (particularly 3D).

Prof. Shi-Min Hu

Tsinghua University, China

Title: Sketch-Based Graphics - synthesis and editing of visual media via sketch interaction

Day 3, Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 13:45 - 14:30, Ballroom 1&2

Session Chair: Prof Dagan Feng

Abstract: In interactive computer graphics, sketch-based methods have been emerged as a powerful way to combine intuitive perception of human vision and the computable visual media data. Sketch is the most important way to communicate between humans and computers. In the form of free-style line-drawing, strokes or simple shapes, which are easy for common users to input, the intention of the users is represented in a computable way. With the understanding of the intention behind the user sketch, the novel content can be constructed, the underlying structure can be extracted and the visual data can be edited in a semantic approach. In this talk, we will focus on how to fully realize the potential of sketch-based methods in creation, structure modeling and content editing of visual media data, with some interesting works in Visual Media Research Center at Tsinghua University, including Sketch2Photo, Sketch2Scene, 3-Sweep modeling from a single photo and Sketch-based editing with PatchNet structure.

Speaker's Biography: Shi-Min Hu is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He received Bachelor degree in Computational mathematics from Jilin University in 1990, the Master and PhD degree in Computational Geometry and Graphics from Zhejiang University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. His research interests include digital geometry processing, video processing, rendering, computer animation, and computer-aided geometric design, and he has published more than 100 papers in journals and peer-reviewed conferences, and hold over 30 patents. He currently serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer (Springer) and on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Computer Aided Design (Elsevier), and Computer & Graphics (Elsevier). He has served as program chairs for various prestigious conferences, including Pacific Graphics, Geometric Modeling and Processing and Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing.


Important Dates

Paper submission
20 February 2014
27 February 2014
Paper notification
25 March 2014
1 April 2014
Camera ready papers due
04 April 2014
11 April 2014
Paper submission
18 April 2014
Paper notification
2 May 2014
Camera ready papers due
9 May 2014
Conference Dates 10 - 13 June 2014