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Michael Black and Alexandru Balan Create Program To Calculate Body Shape

Brown computer scientists have developed a program that creates an accurate computerized image of a person's body even when the subject is clothed. The technology could be useful in in fashion, film, forensics, sports medicine, and video gaming.

Imagine you are a police detective trying to identify a suspect wearing a trench coat, baggy pants and a baseball cap pulled low. Or imagine you are a fashion industry executive who wants to market virtual clothing that customers of all shapes and sizes can try online before they purchase. Perhaps you want to create the next generation of “Guitar Hero ...

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David Laidlaw Honored with IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award


David Laidlaw was recently presented with the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding technical work in the area of multi-valued data visualization. His work, which visually portrays a lot of data simultaneously, has been presented at IEEE Visualization. The award was given by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee on October 22, 2008 at IEEE Visualization 2008, held in Columbus, Ohio.

The IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award was established in 2004 to recognize an individual for a seminal technical achievement. David is the fifth recipient of this award.

“I’m thrilled to be given ...

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Department Among Most Influential Institutions in Middleware Technology


The Department of Computer Science at Brown University was mentioned as one of the seven most influential institutions in the area of middleware technology in a recent issue of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. According to authors Wolfgang Emmerich, Mikio Aoyama and Joe Sventek, “Without researchers laying the foundations in Computer Science departments at Brown, CMU, Cambridge, Newcastle, MIT, Vrije and University of Washington and without industrial researchers at Xerox, PARC, IBM Research, HP Labs, DEC Research, AT&T Research and APM consolidating basic research results, contributing them to standards and informing product development departments we would not ...

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Pascal Van Hentenryck Receives Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université catholique de Louvain


Pascal Van Hentenryck was recently honored with a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université catholique de Louvain in recognition of his fundamental contributions to constraint programming, his remarkable scientific and technological impact in the optimization field, as well as the industrial applications of his research. Along with Pascal, the other recipients of this honorary doctorate include Japan prize and Nobel Prize winner Professor Albert Fert, Turing Award winner Professor Ronald L. Rivest, and National Academy of Engineering member Professor John N. Tsitsiklis

“It is a wonderful honor,” said Pascal. “Louvain is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the ...

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Black, Herlihy, Krishnamurthi, Lysyanskaya, Tamassia and van Dam Awarded Substantial Funding from NSF

The National Science Foundation has recently awarded to Brown University funding in the expected overall amount of $2.2 million for the research projects of six faculty members: Michael Black, Maurice Herlihy, Shriram Krishnamurthi, Anna Lysyanskaya, Roberto Tamassia and Andy van Dam.

Michael Black Michael’s project, entitled “Detailed Human Shape and Pose from Images,” aims to develop methods to perfect the estimation of human pose in video sequences. Over a three-year period, funding in the expected amount of $370,000 will be provided for this research.

Michael’s project will go beyond previous work on estimating human pose from ...

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