C. Karen Liu
C. Karen Liu is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, Liu was an associate professor at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech from 2007 to 2019. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Liu's research interests are in computer graphics and robotics, including physics-based animation, character animation, optimal control, reinforcement learning, and computational biomechanics. She developed computational approaches to modeling realistic and natural human movements, learning complex control policies for humanoids and assistive robots, and advancing fundamental numerical simulation and optimal control algorithms. The algorithms and software developed in her lab have fostered interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in robotics, computer graphics, mechanical engineering, biomechanics, neuroscience, and biology. Liu received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and was named Young Innovators Under 35 by Technology Review. In 2012, Liu received the ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award for her contribution in the field of computer graphics.
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is a Scientist and Entrepreneur. Ira's interests are in the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics, and learning. A major part of her work is to invent virtual and augmented reality experiences to empower people in their day to day activities, and develop algorithms for modeling people from unconstrained photos, videos, audio and language.
Dr. Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is an Associate Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington, Founder and Co-Director of the UW Reality Lab, and kickstarting a moonshot project in Google starting 2019. She founded a startup Dreambit that was acquired by Facebook Inc. in 2016, spent two years at Facebook as Research Scientist building products between 2016-2018, and Tech Transfered product Face Movies to Google Inc. in 2011.
Ira received her Ph.D in computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her works were awarded the Google faculty award, Madrona prize, the Innovation of the Year Award, 2016, selected to the covers of CACM and SIGGRAPH, and frequently covered by most national and international media. She has been serving as area chair and technical committee of both CVPR and SIGGRAPH, and part of Expert Network, LDV capital.
Ming Lin is the Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining UMD, Lin was a John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a faculty member for 20 years.
Lin earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 1995, and she is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE and the Eurographics Association. She also serves on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.
She has authored or co-authored more than 250 refereed publications and has authored or co-edited four books. She is a former editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2011–2014) and has served on numerous steering committees and advisory boards of international conferences, as well as government and industrial technical advisory committees. Lin also co-founded the 3-D audio startup Impulsonic, which was recently acquired by Valve Software.