People

Professor

Zhigang Deng

Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director of the UH CGIM Lab

  • Ph.D.(Computer Science), University of Southern California, 2001 – 2006
  • M.Sc.(Computer Science), Peking University, China, 1997 – 2000
  • B.Sc.(Mathematics), Xiamen University, China, 1993 – 1997

PostDoc

Yu Ding

Research Interests: Virtual Human, Animation Synthesis, Machine Learning Application

  • Postdoctoral Researcher: CNRS & Télécom Paristech, Paris, France Oct’14 – Feb’16
  • Ph.D.(Computer Science), Télécom Paristech, Paris, France, 2010 -2014
  • M.Sc.(Computer Science), Pierre et Marie Currie University, Paris, France, 2008 – 2010
  • B.Sc.(Automation), Xiamen University, China, 2002 – 2006

PHD Students

Luming Ma

Area: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation

  • MSc. (Computer Science), University of Bridgeport, USA, 2008
  • BSc. (Software Engineering), Northeastern University, China, 2006

Mingxuan Luo

Area: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation

  • B.E. (Software Engineering), Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, 2013

Yuting Zhang

Area: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation

  • BSc.(Computer Science and Technology), East China Normal University, China, 2015

Lei Shi

Area: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation

  • MSc.(Computer Science), North China Electric Power University, China, 2016
  • BSc. (Information Security), North China Electric Power University, China, 2013

Aobo Jin

Area: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation

  • MSc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Houston, USA, 2016
  • BSc. (Electrical Engineering), Dalian University of Technology, China, 2011

Visiting Scholars

Meihua Xiao

Prof/Vice Dean of Software School, East China Jiaotong University, China

  • Ph.D.(Computer Software and Theory), Institute of Software of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2002 – 2007.
  • M.Sc.(Computer Software and Theory), Nanchang University, China, 1998 – 2001.
  • B.Sc.(Computer Application), University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China, 1983 – 1987.

Undergraduate Students

Xiaoya Wang

Area: Computer Graphics and Animation

  • B.Sc(Computer Science), University of Houston, 2014 – .

Xin Zhou

Area: Computer Graphics and Animation

  • B.Sc(Computer Science), University of Houston, 2015 – .

Jack Lewis

Area: Computer Graphics and Animation

  • B.Sc(Computer Science), University of Houston, 2014 – .

Group Alumni

Xifeng Gao

Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of Houston, 2016. (co-advised by Z. Deng and G. Chen)

  • PhD Dissertation: Towards High Quality Hexahedral Meshes: Generation, Optimization, and Evaluation.
  • Best PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), May 2015
  • Best Junior PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), April 2013
  • First employment: PostDoc Researcher, New York University.

Mayur Rajendran

M.Sc (Computer Science), University of Houston, 2016

  • MS Thesis: Academia Arcana: A Gamified and Game-based Review Tool.
  • First employment: Software Engineer, Cerner Company.

Madhur Rajendran

M.Sc (Computer Science), University of Houston, 2016

  • MS Thesis: Nightmare Runner: A Personalized Avatar and Physical Activity Game.
  • First employment: Software Engineer, Cerner Company.

Huikun Bi

(visiting PhD Student from Chinese Academy of Science)

  • 10/15 – 4/16, visiting study at UH.

Cheng Hu

(visiting professor from Wuhan University)

  • 12/14 – 3/2016, visiting study at UH.

Jure Demsar

Visiting PhD student (from Slovenia)

  • 8/2015 -9/2015 visiting study at UH.

Ashley Balkum

NSF REU student (summer 2015)

  • Computer Science undergraduate student, Rice University.

Erinn Gentry

ARL Summer Internship student (summer 2015)

  • Junior, St. Agnes Academy.

Harold Owens

ARL Summer Internship student (summer 2015)

  • High School Senior

Shaojun Bian

Visiting PhD Student (from UK)

Area: computer graphics, computer animation, geometric modeling

  • PhD Candidate (2013 – ), Bournemouth University, UK.
  • M.Sc. (GIS) Ocean University of China, 2012
  • B.Sc. (GIS) China University of Petroleum, 2009

Tanay Bhargava

M.Sc (Computer Science), University of Houston, 2015

  • First employment: Software Engineer, Amazon.

Xuemei Li

Visiting Associate Professor (from SDU/China)

  • China Government CSC Fellowship (9/2013 – 9/2014)

Binh H. Le

Ph.D., University of Houston, 2014

  • PhD Thesis: Example-based Rigging and Real-time Animation of Characters with Linear Skinning Models.
  • Summer Research Intern (2013), Nokia Research
  • Friends of NSM Fellowship (2013), University of Houston
  • Best PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), April 2013
  • Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship (2008-2010)
  • First employment: PostDoc Researcher, Disney Research at Pittsburgh.

Cheng Chen

M.S., University of Houston, 2014

  • MSc Thesis: Avatar Creation and Customization for Health Games.
  • First employment: Game Design Engineer, Midnight Game Studio.

Zhan Wen

Visiting Associate Professor (from CUIT/China)

  • 9/2013 – 3/2014, visiting study at UH.

Tian Yang

Visiting Associate Professor (from CSUFT/China)

  • 1/2013 – 1/2014, visiting study at UH.

Xiao Cheng

M.S., University of Houston, 2013

  • MSc Thesis: GPU-accelerated Crowd Simulation with User-Guidance and Multi-level Uncertainty.
  • First employment: Software Engineer, CGGVeritas.

Yunyun Wei

Visiting PhD student (from CUC/China)

  • China Government CSC Fellowship (2012-2013)

Xiaojian Huang

Visting undergraduate student (from ZJU/China)

  • Visiting study at UH from 3/2013 to 7/2013.

Harsha Nyshadham

M.S., University of Houston, 2013

  • MSc Thesis: Visual Comparison Models for Transportation Data of the Great Britain.
  • First employment: Software Engineer, Ford Motor Company.

Chrysanthi Chaleva Ntina

M.S., University of Houston, 2013.

  • Best MSc Thesis Student Award (UH CS Department), April 2013
  • MSc Thesis: Stereo Calibration of Depth Sensors with 3D Correspondences and Smooth Interpolants
  • First employment: Software Engineer, Catalina Marketing.

Nikhil Navkar

Ph.D., University of Houston, 2013

  • PhD Thesis: Visual Force-Feedback Interfacing for Image-Guided Telemanipulated Robotic Surgical System
  • Friends of NSM Fellowship (2012), University of Houston
  • “Outstanding PhD Student” Award (2012), UH CS Department
  • Finalist of Best Medical Robotics Paper Award, ICRA 2012
  • First employment: R&D Executive, Qatar Robotic Surgery Center

Bingfeng Li

Visiting MSc student (from NWPU/China)

  • Visiting study at UH from 4/2012 to 9/2012.

Mingyang Zhu

Visiting PHD student (from NUST/China)

  • Visiting study at UH from 2010 to 2012.
  • China Government CSC Fellowship (2010-2012)

Mario Rincon

M.S., University of Houston, 2012

  • MS Thesis: Cost-based Workload Balancing for Ray Tracing on a Heterogeneous Platform
  • Summer Research Intern (2012), AMD Research
  • First employment: Senior Software Engineer, Nokia

Xiaohan Ma

PhD, University of Houston, 2012

  • PhD Thesis: Perceptual Analysis and Modeling of Facial Animation
  • Research Intern (2010 & 2011 Summers), NVidia Research
  • “Outstanding PhD Student” Award (2012), UH CS Department
  • “PhD Student of the Year” Award (2010), UH CS Department
  • First employment: Member of Technical Staff, AMD Research

Qing Li

PhD, University of Houston, 2011

  • PhD Thesis: Algorithms for Dendritic Spine Detection and Tracking in Time-Lapse Microscopy Neuron Images
  • Summer Research Intern (2011), Nokia Research Center at Palo Alto
  • “Excellence in Doctoral Studies” Award (2011, UH CS department)
  • First employment: R&D Engineer, Xignite Inc

Qin Gu

PhD, University of Houston, 2011

  • PhD Thesis: Agent based Approaches for Stylizing Motion Variations and Formations in Crowd Simulation
  • Summer Research Intern (2010), Rhythm & Hues Studio
  • First employment: R&D Engineer, Industrial & Light Magic (ILM)

Michael R. Jahn

MSc, University of Houston, 2011

  • MSc Thesis: Realtime Human Animation Control Using Tri-Axis Accelerometers
  • First employment: Software Engineer, TimeGate Game Studios

Chang Yun

PhD, University of Houston, 2009

  • PhD Thesis: Improving Gaming Experience Using Real-Time, Adaptive Game Difficulty Adjustments by Utilizing Physiological Feedback
  • First employment: Instructional/Research Assistant Professor, University of Houston