Students and Postdocs of Demetri Terzopoulos


I have had the privilege of advising and working with some incomparable graduate students and postdocs, and I am proud of the diversity of outstanding dissertations that my students have produced (linked below), among them one that won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Current PhD Students

Luis Angel Larios Cardenas
Timothy Chan
Xiaowei Ding
Noah Duncan
Jingyi (Franklin) Fang
Sharath Gopal
Chenfanfu Jiang
Xiaolong Jiang
Gergely Klar
Masaki Nakada
Eduardo Poyart
Garett Ridge
Matthew Wang

Graduated Doctoral Students

Wenjia Huang "Door and doorway etiquette for virtual humans" (2014) UCLA CS
Jin Kyu Gahm "Microstructural feature-based processing and analysis of diffusion tensor MRI" (2014) UCLA CS
Krešimir Petrinec "Patient-specific interactive ultrasound image simulation with soft-tissue deformation" (2013) UCLA CS
Weiguang (Justin) Si - "Realistic simulation and control of human swimming and underwater movement" (2013) UCLA CS
William R. Hewlett II "Creating a cognitive agent in a virtual world: Planning, navigation, and natural language generation" (2013) UCLA CS
Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu - "Data-driven optimization for modeling in computer graphics and vision" * (2013) UCLA CS
Gautam Prasad - "Brain mapping methods: Segmentation, registration, and connectivity analysis" (2013) UCLA CS
M. Alex O. Vasilescu - "A multilinear (tensor) algebraic framework for computer graphics, computer vision, and machine learning" (2009) UofT CS
Sung-Hee Lee - "Biomechanical modeling and control of the human body for computer animation" * (2008) UCLA CS
Faisal Z. Qureshi - "Intelligent perception in virtual sensor networks and space robotics" (2007) UofT CS
Qinxin Yu - "A decision network framework for the behavioral animation of virtual humans" (2007) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)
Wei Shao - "Animating autonomous pedestrians" (2006) NYU CS
Sageev Oore - "Digital marionette: Augmenting kinematics with physics for multi-track desktop performance animation" (2001) UofT CS
Petros Faloutsos - "Composable controllers for physics-based character animation" (2001) UofT CS
Tamer F. Rabie - "Animat vision: Active vision in artificial animals" (1999) UofT ECE
David L. Tonnesen - "Dynamically coupled particle systems for geometric modeling" (1998) UofT CS
Radek Grzeszczuk - "NeuroAnimator: Fast neural network emulation and control of physics-based models" (1998) UofT CS
Timothy J. McInerney - "Topologically adaptable deformable models for medical image analysis" (1997) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)
Xiaoyuan Tu - "Artificial animals for computer animation: Biomechanics, locomotion, perception, and behavior" * (1996) UofT CS
Hong Qin - "D-NURBS: Dynamic non-uniform rational B-splines" (1995) UofT CS
Luiz Velho - "Piecewise descriptions of implicit surfaces and solids" (1994) UofT CS
Dimitris N. Metaxas - "Physics based modeling of nonrigid objects for vision and graphics" (1992) UofT CS

* ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award winner
* UCLA Computer Science Outstanding PhD Award winner
* Northrop Grumman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award winner
* Cisco Outstanding Graduate Research Award winner

Graduated Master Students

Andre Abrahamian - "Shallow water simulation for swimming creatures" (2014) UCLA CS
Jing Li - "Realistic water and complex scene rendering" (2014) UCLA EE
Vanna Bushong - "Facial feature detection for automatic head modeling" (2013) UCLA CS
Ming Gao - "FEM simulation of 3D deformable solids and collision handling" (2013) UCLA CS
Xinli Cai - "The development of VSIM: Triggering embedded resources and new features for 3D content management" (2013) UCLA CS
Alexander Rickett - "Position based cloth simulation" (2013) UCLA CS
Ali Gunes - "An implementation of separate human eye blink detection in real time using online templates" (2013) UCLA CS
Kevin Broom - "Real-time two-dimensional fluid dynamics using the CPU" (2013) UCLA CS
Alexander Lee - "Shopping mall site plan generation using simulated annealing" (2012) UCLA CS
Jason Au - "An L-system evolutionary algorithm for motion synthesis" (2012) UCLA CS
Damian Ancukiewicz - "GPU implementation of an exemplar-based image inpainting algorithm" (2012) UCLA CS
Joyce Kuo - "Making a splash: Rendering realistic water splashes in a swimming pool" (2012) UCLA CS
Miri Kim - "Generating door opening and entering motions for virtual humans" (2012) UCLA CS
Palash Agrawal - "Internet services for collaborative data sharing (ISCDS)" (2012) UCLA CS
Wilson Yan - "Biomechanical simulation of the human hand and forearm" (2012) UCLA CS
Chenfanfu Jiang - "Simulation of elastic solids with efficient self-collision handling" (2012) UCLA CS
Ankit Arora - "Data-driven locomotion of virtual humans in the unity game development tool" (2011) UCLA CS
Jasleen Singh - "A framework for non-photorealistic 2D animation" (2011) UCLA CS
Michael Au-Yeung - "Real-time photometric stereo using a computer screen" (2011) UCLA CS
Xiao Lei - "Multi-layer construction of KD-trees for dynamic ray tracing" (2011) UCLA CS
Gautam Prasad - "Segmentation of brain MR images using a PCA atlas and nonrigid registration" (2010) UCLA CS
Thomas Wolfley - "Genetic programming for image compression" (2010) UCLA CS
Kangwon Lee - "The simulation of swarm behavior in ant colonies" (2009) UCLA CS
Michelle Fang - "Playing animation under time and space constraints in a virtual world" (2009) UCLA CS
Sean Thompson - "Interactive image-source techniques for virtual acoustics" (2002) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)
Howard Zhang - "Physics-based muscle effects for real-time character animation" (2002) UofT CS
Grigore Pintilie - "Interactive cutting of surface meshes for computer-aided surgical planning" (2001) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)
Stewart Andrews - "Interactive generation of feature curves on surfaces: A minimal path approach" (2000) UofT CS
Faisal Z. Qureshi - "Constructing anatomically accurate face models using computed tomography and cyberware data" (2000) UofT CS
Qinxin Yu - "Synthetic motion capture for real-time virtual worlds" (1998) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)
Petros Faloutsos - "Physics-based animation and control of flexible characters" (1995) UofT CS
Radek Grzeszczuk - "Automatic learning of muscle-based locomotion through control abstraction" (1994) UofT CS
Yuencheng Lee - "Construction and animation of functional facial models from range/reflectance data" (1993) UofT CS
Timothy J. McInerney - "Finite element techniques for fitting deformable models to 3D data" (1992) UofT CS (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)

Graduated Bachelor Students

Emily Whiting - "Realism in 3D virtual spaces: Improving texture quality ... through application of HDR imagery" (2004) UofT Eng. Sci.
Desmond Rivet - "Human animats and active vision systems in realistic 3D virtual worlds" (2001) UofT Eng. Sci.
Daniel Horner - "A practical framework for the extraction and visualization of slices from volumentric data" (1998) UofT Eng. Sci.
Charlton Wang - "Implementation of the live wire technique for the segmentation of medical images" (1998) UofT Eng. Sci.
Kristin Hofstee - "Simulation of diffusion in 3D virtual worlds" (1997) UofT Eng. Sci.
Oliver Bengtsson - "Computational biological model of the physiology and behavior of aquatic animals" (1995) UofT Eng. Sci.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists

Eftychios Sifakis - Postdoctoral Fellow (2007–10) UCLA CS/Math
Sung-Hee Lee - Postdoctoral Fellow (2008–09) UCLA CS
Jinho Park - Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2008–09) UCLA CS
Tatsuo Yotsukura - Postdoctoral Fellow (2006–07) UCLA CS
Jinwook Kim - Postdoctoral Fellow (2005–06) UCLA CS, NYU CS
M. Alex O. Vasilescu - Research Scientist (01–05) NYU CS
Mauricio Plaza-Villegas - Research Scientist (03–04) NYU CS
Jared M. Silver - Research Scientist (03–04) NYU CS
Yuencheng Lee - Research Scientist (01–03) NYU CS
Ghassan Hamarneh - Postgraduate Fellow (2000–01) UofT CS
Michel Pitermann - Postdoctoral Fellow (1998–00) UofT CS & Queens U
Jacques-Olivier Lachaud - Lavoiser Fellow (1998–99) UofT CS
Tamer F. Rabie - Postdoctoral Fellow (1999–99) UofT CS
Timothy J. McInerney - NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (1998–99) UofT CS
Jorge Lucero - Postdoctoral Fellow (1996–97) UofT CS & Queens U
Paul Fieguth - NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (1996–96) UofT CS


Demetri Terzopoulos