Members of the VCL spent this past Saturday illuminating the magical world of computer graphics to some of the community’s younger folk. The event was a Dartmouth community outreach program called Science Day, where graduate students across campus teach kids about their area of research and lead simple hands-on activities.
VCL student Neerja Thakkar ‘19 was one of six Dartmouth students awarded a government-funded Fulbright scholarship for the coming year. Her senior thesis focused on “rendering synthetic data for deep learning and computer vision tasks.” After graduation, she plans to travel abroad to Spain and continue her research in the computational imaging lab at the Universidad de Zaragoza.
As the snow thaws, the VCL welcomes the following new students to the lab. Several join us from around the globe!
VCL member Annie Dai successfully defended her master’s thesis, titled “Computational Fabrication – String Art.” Her thesis proposed a technique for creating realistic string art, a form of artwork where artists wind strings around pins, from a reference image.
VCL student Xi Deng successfully defended her master’s thesis, titled “Photon Surfaces: Render Volume Robustly with Unbiased Density Estimators,” bright and early on a Friday morning. Her work continued a thread of research from Dartmouth’s Visual Computing Lab on techniques for simulating complex particle-based materials such as fog, clouds, fire, smoke, and stained glass.