Note: I've accepted a faculty position in Computer Science at Dartmouth College, starting July 1, 2015. I'm actively seeking new graduate students and post-docs to work in my new group starting Fall 2015. If you are a serious, motivated and hard-working student with a passion to shape the future of computer graphics, please let me know.
My research is concerned with capturing, simulating, manipulating, and physically realizing complex visual appearance. In effect, I strive to understand why things look the way they do, how we can simulate their interaction with light efficiently, how we can intuitively author or edit that appearance, and how we can create physical objects with control over their appearance. My work in these areas has been incorporated into production rendering systems and has been used in the making of feature films, including Disney's Tangled and Big Hero 6. In 2013, I received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award.
When I can find the spare time I enjoy hiking and photography. In a previous life I enjoyed creating 3D models and animations (some of which you can find in the gallery section), primarily using Lightwave 3D.