Zhigang Deng

(Full) Professor, Ph.D.
   Director of Graduate Studies,
   Director of Computer Graphics
         & Interactive Media Lab,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Houston, Houston, TX

Office:
Phillip G. Hoffman Hall (PGH), Rm 219
Houston, TX 77204-3010

Tel: +1 713 743 1018
Fax: +1 713 743 3335

Email (preferred way to contact me):
zdeng4 (at) central.uh.edu

Mailing Address:
Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, Department of Computer Science,
3551 Cullen Blvd, Room 501,
Houston, TX, 77204-3010

Teaching
Fall
COSC4370 Interactive Computer Graphics
COSC4358/6358 Introduction to Game Development (co-teaching)

Spring
COSC6372 3D Computer Graphics
COSC4359/6359 Advanced Game Development(co-teaching)

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Research Interests

Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Virtual Human Modeling and Animation
Human Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Virtual Reality


education

2006
Ph.D. Computer Science  University of Southern California

2004
M.S. Computer Science  University of Southern California

2000
M.S. Computer Science  Peking University, China

1997
B.S. Mathematics  Xiamen University, China


employment

09/06 - Present
University of Houston  Houston, TX
Full Professor (09/2016 - ), Computer Science Department
Director of Graduate Studies (08/2015 - ), Computer Science Department
Associate Professor (09/2012 - 08/2016), Computer Science Department
Assistant Professor (09/2006 - 08/2012), Computer Science Department
Founding Director, the UH Computer Graphics and Interactive Media Lab
Founding Co-Director (since 2011), the UH Interactive Game Education and Research Lab

04/14 - 8/16
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  Houston, TX
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Informatics

06/13 - 09/13
Qualcomm Inc.  San Diego, CA
R&D Consultant

06/06 - 08/06
AT&T Research Lab  Florham Park, NJ
Summer Research Intern

09/01 - 05/06
University of Southern California  Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Student Researcher, Integrated Media System Center

01/01 - 05/01
Leyou.com Inc.,  Beijing, China
Software Engineer

07/00 - 01/01
Founder Research and Development Center  Beijing, China
Software Engineer

09/97 - 06/00
Peking University  Beijing, China
Graduate Student Researcher


teaching

Computer Animation and Simulation (COSC6356, University of Houston)
offered at: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Spring 2007

Advanced Game Development (COSC4397/6397, University of Houston)
offered at: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
co-teaching with C. Yun.

Introduction to Game Development (COSC4358/6358, University of Houston)
offered at: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
co-teaching with C. Yun.

3D Computer Graphics (COSC6372, University of Houston)
offered at: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Fall 2007

Introduction to Computer Graphics (COSC4370, University of Houston)
offered at: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014

Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics and Animation (COSC7397, University of Houston)
offered at: Fall 2009

Ubiquitous Computing (COSC4397, University of Houston)
offered at: Fall 2006
co-teaching with I. Pavlidis.


Publications

Edited Book or Journal Special Issues
Handbook of Human Motion - Animation Volume, Editor: Zhigang Deng, Springer Press, 2017 (estimated).

Proceeding of ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2015, Editors: Jernej Barbic, Zhigang Deng, Stelian Coros, and Florence Bertails-Descoubes, ACM Press, August 2015.

Advances in Visual Computing (Proceeding of International Symposium on Visual Computing 2014), Editors: George Bebis, Richard Boyle, Bahram Parvin, Darko Koracin, Ryan McMahan, Jason Jerald, Hui Zhang, Steven M. Drucker, Chandra Kambhamettu, Maha El Choubassi, Zhigang Deng, Springer Press, Dec 2014.

Expressive Talking Avatar Synthesis and Animation, Guest Editors: Lei Xie, Jia Jia, Helen Meng, Zhigang Deng, and Lijun Wang, Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP), Springer Press, January 2015.

Multimodal Joint Information Processing in Human Machine Interaction: Recent Advances, Guest Editors: Lei Xie, Zhigang Deng, and Stephen Cox, Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP), Springer Press, Nov 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers
[*] denotes students supervised by Z. Deng.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Other Refereed Publications (Poster, Conference Abstract)

A Method for Planning Interventions in the Brain with Straight Access Paths, Nikhil Navkar*, Nikolaos V. Tsekos, Jason Stafford, Jeffrey Weinberg, and Zhigang Deng. Conference Abstract 7162, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2010 Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010.

An Approach for MRI based Pre-operative Planning of Cardiac Interventions via Trans-apical Access, Erol Yeniaras, Nikhil Navkar*, Zhigang Deng, Mushabbar A. Syed, and Nikolaos V. Tsekos. Conference Abstract 4422, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2010 Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010.

Coregistration and Visualization of Regional Perfusion from First-Pass Multislice Sets based on Independent Components Analysis, A. Sonmez, J. Milles, Z. Deng, N. V. Tsekos. Conference Abstracts, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2009 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, USA, April 2009.

A Methodology for Mapping Mental Spaces of Game Gentres, JP Lewis, P. Fox, Z. Deng, Poster, SandBox: ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Video Games 2006, Boston, MA, July 2006.


Unrefereed publications

Technical Reports

Dissertations
Data-Driven Facial Animation Synthesis by Learning From Facial Motion Capture Data, Zhigang Deng. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California, May 2006.

Design of 2D Vector Animation Algorithms for Hypermedia Authoring Systems, Zhigang Deng. Master Thesis, Peking University, China, June 2000.


invited talks


20 Sept 2017
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

20 June 2017
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China

16 June 2017
Nanchang University, Jiangxi, China

25 Feb 2017
ACM SIGGRAPH Sym. on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games, San Francisco, CA

12 Dec 2016
East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, China

9 Dec 2016
Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China

19 July 2016
Hong Kong University, Hong Kong

30 March 2015
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

31 Dec 2014
East China Jiaotong University, China

25 Dec 2014
Zhengzhou University, China

17 October 2014
Florida International University, FL.

7 October 2014
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

12 August 2014
ACM SIGGRAPH 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

26 June 2014
Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China.

25 June 2014
Zhejiang University, China.

4 April 2014
Department of ECE, University of Houston, TX.

27 Mar 2014
Rutgers University, NJ.

20 Jan 2014
Zhengzhou University, China.

19 Nov 2013
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

30 Oct 2013
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX.

15 April 2013
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

15 June 2012
Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi'an, China.

11 June 2012
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

9 May 2012
Qualcomm Research, San Diego, CA.

27 April 2012
Washington University, St Louis, MO.

1 Sept 2011
Banff 2011 International Workshop on "Geometry for Anatomy", Alberta, Canada.

11 May 2011
CHI 2011 Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

6 May 2011
SHARP Research Lab of America, Camas, WA.

5 May 2011
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

4 May 2011
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

6 April 2011
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

5 April 2011
IBM Alameden Research Center, San Jose, CA.

4 April 2011
Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto, CA.

7 Dec 2010
University of California, Irvine, CA.

4 Oct 2010
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

4 June 2010
Shandong University, China.

18 June 2010
Zhejiang University, China.

17 April 2010
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

17 March 2009
IEEE Virtual Reality Conference. Lafayette, LA.

1 Mar 2009
ACM SIGGRAPH Symp. on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games, Boston, MA.

17 Oct 2008
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

7 July 2008
ACM SIGGRAPH/EG Symposium on Computer Animation, Dublin, Ireland.

29 May 2008
Graphics Interface Conference, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

16 May 2008
Rice University, Houston, TX.

4 Dec 2007
Academy for Science & Health Professions, Houston, TX.

6 Sep 2007
Eurographics 2007 Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

30 May 2007
Zhejiang University. Hangzhou, China.

11 May 2007
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

10 May 2007
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

10 May 2007
Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China.

9 May 2007
Peking University, Beijing, China.

27 April 2007
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

6 Nov 2006
University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX.

28 Sep 2006
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

21 Aug 2006
Intelligent Virtual Agents Conference, Marina Del Rey, CA.

30 March 2006
University of Houston, Houston, TX.

27 March 2006
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

15 March 2006
ACM SIGGRAPH Symp. on Interactive 3D Graphics, Redwood, CA.

24 Feb 2006
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

17 Feb 2006
University of Denver, Denver, CO.

10 Feb 2006
University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

22 June 2005
Computer Graphics International Conference, Stony Brook, NY.

2 May 2005
First Annual USC Graphics Symp, University of Southern California.

10 April 2005
Annual IMSC Student Conference, University of Southern California.

12 Feb 2005
IMSC Lecture Series, University of Southern California.

4 Sep 2003
User Interface Technology Symp, IBM Watson Research Center, NY.

22 July 2003
ACM SIGGRAPH 2003, San Diego, CA.

10 July 2003
Walt-Disney Feature Animation, Burbank, CA.


professional activities

Journal Editing
Associate Editor, Computer Graphics Forum, 4/2014 -
Associate Editor, Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds Journal, 5/2013 -
Associate Editor, ACM Computer In Entertainment, 2008 -
Guest co-Editor, Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer), special issue on "Expressive Talking Avatar Synthesis and Animation", 2015
Guest co-Editor, Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer), special issue on "Multimodal Joint Information Processing in Human-Machine Interaction", 2013
Associate Editor, International Journal of Image and Graphics, 2009 - 2014
Associate Editor, International Journal of Computer Games Technology, 2011 - 2012

Steering Committee
Steering Committee Member, Computer Graphics Society, 2016 - 2019.
Steering Committee Member, ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, 2015 - 2020.
Steering Committee Member, International Chinese Association of Human Computer Interaction, 2012 - 2014.

Conference Organization
Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Virtual Reality and Visualization 2017, Zhengzhou, China
General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Computer Science & Education 2017, Houston.
General Co-Chair, ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2015, Los Angeles.
Program Co-Chair (Computer Graphics Area), International Symposium on Visual Computing 2014, Las Vegas.
General Co-Chair, International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA) 2014, Houston.
Panel co-Chair, First International Symposium on Chinese HCI 2013 (co-located with CHI 2013), Paris, France.
General Chair, TexGraph Conference 2008, Houston, Texas.

Conference Technical Program Committee
2017: PG, SCA, ACII, CGI, CASA, MIG, CAD/Graphics
2016: PG, CASA, MIG, ISVC
2015: EG (full paper), PG, CASA, MIG, ISVC, CAD/Graphics,
2014: SCA, PG, CASA, MIG, ISVC, ICME
2013: SCA, PG, CASA, MIG, CAD/Graphics, ISVC, ICME
2012: SCA, PG, CASA, ISVC, ICME
2011: EG (full paper), SCA, VR, CASA, IVA, ICME, ISVC, APSIPA, GPUScA
2010: EG (full paper), VR, CASA, IVA, ISVC, ASTEC, APSIPA
2009: VR, CASA, IVA, ISVC, CAD/Graphics
2008: CASA, IVA, ISVC
2007: CAD/Graphics, IVA

Frequent Paper Reviewer
ACM SIGGRAPH
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia
ACM Transaction on Graphics
ACM Transaction on Multimedia Computing Communications and Applications
ACM Computer In Entertainment
IEEE Transaction on Image Processing
IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI)
IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics
IEEE Transaction on Affective Computing
IEEE Transaction on Signal and Audio Processing (TSAP)
IEEE Transaction on Multimedia (TMM)
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Eurographics
Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Computer Graphics Forum
Graphical Models
Computer & Graphics
Image and Vision Computing
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
The Visual Computer
Computer Aided Design
Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds
EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing
ACM Conference on Multimodal Interface (ICMI)
ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Comuter Animation (SCA)
IEEE Virtual Reality Conference
IEEE Computer Animation and Social Agents
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
Joint EuroHaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interface for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems
European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing (Euro-Par)
Pacific Graphics
Graphics Interface
International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA)
International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence (ICAT)
International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology (IJIST)
Computer Graphics International (CGI)
APSIPA Annual Summit Conference

Other Invited Reviewers or Panelists
Invited Reviewer, Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award, 2017
Invited Reviewer, Ignaz L. Lieben Award, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria, 2016
Invited Reviewer, Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award, China, 2015
NSF Panelist, IIS Program, 2015
Invited grant proposal reviewer, agency for Science, Research & Technology (A*STAR), Singapore, 2014
NSF Panelist, IIS Program, 2014
NSF Panelist, IIS Program, 2011
NSF Panelist, IIS Program, 2010
Invited grant proposal reviewer, Institute for Space Systems Operation (ISSO) program, 2010
Invited grant proposal reviewer, Faculty Development Initiative Program, University of Houston, 2010
Invited grant proposal reviewer, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2007
Invited book proposal reviewer, CRC Press, 2009
Invited external program examiner, Computer Engineering Ph.D. program, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy, 2009

Other Committee Services
Graduate Studies Committee, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, UH, 2016 -
Graduate Admission Committee, Computer Science Department, UH, 2016 -
Executive Committee, Computer Science Department, UH, 2016 -
Faculty Merit Review Committee, Computer Science Department, UH, 2016 -
Graduate Studies Committee (ex officio), Computer Science Department, UH, 2015 -
Web and Publicity Committee Member, Computer Science Department, UH, 2012 - 2014
Graduate Studies Committee Member, Computer Science Department, UH, 2009 - 2013
Industry Advisory Committee Member,Computer Science Department, UH, 2009 - 2011
Faculty Search Committee Member, Computer Science Department, UH, 2010 - 2012
Graduate Student Recruiting Committee Chair, Computer Science Department, UH, 2008 - 2009
Curriculum Committee Member, Computer Science Department, UH, 2006 - 2009
Executive Committee Member, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, USC, 2002-2004

Memberships
Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Mentoring

Current PostDoc
Yu Ding (University of Houston), March 2016 -

Current PhD Students
Yuting Zhang (University of Houston), Fall 15 -
Luming Ma (University of Houston), Fall 15 -
Aobo Jin (University of Houston), Fall 16 -
Mingxuan Luo (University of Houston), Fall 15 -
Robert Jackson (University of Houston), Fall 17 -

Current MSc Students
Xiantian Zhou (University of Houston), Fall 17 -
Kunpeng Zhang (University of Houston), Fall 17 -

Current Undergrad Students
Duy Lai (University of Houston), Spring 17 -

Current Visiting Scholars
Huikun Bi (Chinese Academy of Sciences), 12/16 - 12/18
Tijian Cai (East China Jiaotong University), 5/17 - 5/18
Fengping Yang (East China Jiaotong University), 8/17 - 8/18


Former Visiting Scholars
Meihua Xiao (East China Jiaotong University), June/16 - Dec/16
Huikun Bi (Chinese Academy of Science, China), Oct/15 - April/16
Cheng Hu (Wuhan University, China), Dec/14- March/16
Jure Demsar (from Slovenia), August/15 - Sep/15
Shaojun Bian (Bournemouth University, UK), May/15 - June/15
Xuemei Li (Visiting Associate Professor from SDU/China), Sep/13 - Sep/14
     * China CSC Fellowship (2013-2014)
Zhan Wen (Visiting Associate Professor from CUIT/China), Sep/13 - Feb/14
Tian Yang (Visiting Associate Professor from CUFT/China), Jan/13 - Feb/14
Yunyun Wei (Visiting PhD student from CCU/China), Oct/12 - Oct/13
     * China CSC Fellowship (2012-2013)
Mingyang Zhu (Visiting PhD student from NUST/China), August/10 - August/12
     * China CSC Fellowship (2010-2012)
Bingfeng Li (Visiting MSc student from NWPU/China), April 12 - Sep/12
Xiaojian Huang (Visiting Undergraduate Student from ZJU/China), March/13 - July/13

Advised PhD Graduates
(thesis committee chair: Z. Deng)
Xifeng Gao (University of Houston, PhD co-advisors: Z. Deng and G. Chen), PhD Dissertation defended in April 2016
PhD Dissertation: "Towards High Quality Hexahedral Meshes: Generation, Optimization, and Evaluation"
     * Best Junior PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), 2013
     * Best PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), 2015
     * Best PhD Dissertation Award (UH CS Department), 2016
   * First employment: PostDoc Researcher, New York University.

Binh H. Le (University of Houston), PhD Dissertation defended in April 2014
PhD Dissertation: "Example-based Rigging and Real-time Animation of Characters with Linear Skinning Models"
     * Summer Research Intern (Nokia Research), 2013
     * Friends of NSM Fellowship, 2013
     * Best PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), 2013
     * VEF Fellowship (2008-2010)
   * First employment: PostDoc Researcher, Disney Research Pittsburgh.

Nikhil Navkar (University of Houston, PhD co-advisors: Z. Deng and N. Tsekos), PhD Dissertation defended in Nov 2012
PhD Dissertation: "Visual Force-Feedback Interfacing for Image-Guided Telemanipulated Robotic Surgical System"
     * Friends of NSM Fellowship, 2012
     * Outstanding PhD Student Award (UH CS Department), 2012
     * Runner-up of Best Medical Robotics Paper Award, ICRA 2012
   * First employment: R&D Executive, Qatar Robotic Surgery Center.

Xiaohan Ma (University of Houston), PhD Dissertation defended in April 2012
PhD Dissertation: "Perceptual Analysis and Modeling of Facial Animation"
     * "Outstanding PhD Student Award" (UH CS Department), 2012
     * "PhD Student of the Year Award" (UH CS Department), 2010
     * Summer Research Interns (NVIDIA Research), 2010 and 2011
   * First employment: Member of Technical Staff, AMD Research.

Qing Li (University of Houston), PhD Dissertation defended in May 2011
PhD Dissertation: "Algorithms for Dendritic Spine Detection and Tracking in Time-Lapse Microscopy Neuron Images"
     * Summer Research Intern (Nokia Research), 2012
     * "Excellence of PhD Studies" Award (UH CS Department), 2011
   * First employment: R&D Engineer, Xignite Inc.

Qin Gu (University of Houston), PhD Dissertation defended in May 2011
PhD Dissertation: "Agent-based Approaches for Stylizing Motion Variations and Formations in Crowd Simulation"
     * Summer Research Intern (Rhythm and Hues Studio), 2010
   * First employment: R&D Engineer, Industrial and Light Magic (ILM)

Chang Yun (University of Houston, PhD co-advisors: Z. Deng and O. Johnson), PhD Dissertation defended in May 2009.
PhD Dissertation: "Improving Gaming Experience Using Real-Time, Adaptive Game Difficulty Adjustments by Utilizing Physiological Feedback"
   * First employment: Research/Instructional Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Advised MSc-Thesis Graduates
(thesis committee chair: Z. Deng)
Mayur Rajendran (University of Houston), April 2016
MSc Thesis: "Academia Arcana: A Gamified and Game-based Review Tool."
   * First employment: Software Engineer, Cerner Company.

Madhur Rajendran (University of Houston), April 2016
MSc Thesis: "Nightmare Runner: A Personalized Avatar and Physical Activity Game."
   * First employment: Software Engineer, Cerner Company.

Cheng Chen (University of Houston), April 2014.
MSc Thesis: "Avatar Creation and Customization for Health Games."
   * First employment: Game Software Engineer, Midnight Game Studio.

Xiao Cheng (University of Houston), November 2013.
MSc Thesis: "GPU-accelerated Crowd Simulation with User-Guidance and Multi-level Uncertainty."
   * First employment: Software Engineer, CGGVeritas.

Harsha Nyshadham (University of Houston), July 2013.
MSc Thesis: "Visual Comparison Models for Transportation Data of the Great Britain."
   * First employment: Software Engineer, Ford Motor Company.

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

Mario Rincon (University of Houston), Nov 2011.
MSc Thesis: "Cost-based Workload Balancing for Ray Tracing on a Heterogeneous Platform."
     * Summer Research Intern (AMD Research), 2012
   * First employment: Senior Software Engineer, Nokia.

Michael R. Jahn (University of Houston), April 2011.
MSc Thesis: "Real time Human Animation Control Using Tri-Axis Accelerometers"
   * First employment: Software Engineer, TimeGate Game Studios.

Nikhil Navkar (University of Houston), Oct 2009.
MSc Thesis: "Virtual Environment for Planning Surgical Incision with Straight Access"
   * First employment: Continue PhD study at UH.

Qing Li (University of Houston), Nov 2008.
MSc Thesis: "Facial Motion Capture Editing by Automated Orthogonal Blendshape Construction and Weight Propagation"
   * First employment: Continue PhD study at UH.

Qin Gu (University of Houston), April 2008.
MSc Thesis: "Compression of Human Motion Capture Data Using Motion Pattern Indexing Technology"
   * First employment: Continue PhD study at UH.

PhD Thesis Committee Member
Yen Le Hai (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in April 2014.
Wei Ding (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in May 2013.
Ahmet Sonmez (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in 2012.
Francisco Ocegueda-Hernandez (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in 2012.
Erol Yeniaras (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in April 2011.
Yuichi Fujiki (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in April 2011.
Raja Kushalnagar (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in Nov 2010.
Rachsuda Jiamthapthaksin (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in July 2009.
George Toderici (University of Houston), PhD thesis defended in Nov 2007.

MSc Thesis Committee Member
Shuyu Xu (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in April 2014.
Wei Cao (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in Nov 2013.
Walid Elkour (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in April 2012.
Prerana Chitlangia (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in Nov 2011.
Shaunak Vairagare (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in Nov 2011.
Amrita Banerjee (University of Houston), MS thesis defended in Dec 2011.
Wei Song (University of Houston), MS thesis defended at Summer 2009
Deepak Roy (University of Houston), MS thesis defended at Spring 2007

Additional Mentoring Activities
Xin Zhou (University of Houston), Spring 16 - Summer 18.
Harold Owens (USMA/ARL Summer Intern), 6/15 -8/15.
Erinn Gentry (USMA/ARL Summer Intern), 6/15 -8/15.
Ashley Balkum (Rice University), NSF REU student, 05/15 - 7/15.
Richard Giliam (University of Houston), NSF REU student, 9/10-5/11.
Reuben Rodriguez (University of Houston-Downtown), AGEP undergrad student, summer/08.
Faculty Mentor of independent study program of the Clear Lake High School at Houston, 2009
Faculty Mentor for summer undergraduate research students of the NSF AGP program (Alliance for minority Graduate Education and the Professoriate), University of Houston, 2008
Graduate Student Mentor, Merit-based Undergraduate Research Program, USC, 2003-2005


honors and awards

2017
Best Paper Award
International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA) 2017

2015
Recognition of Service Award
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

2015
Faculty Academic Excellence Award
Department of Computer Science, University of Houston

2015
ACM Senior Member

2014
Certificate of Excellence
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Houston

2014
Ten Year Technical Impact Award (for ICMI 2014 paper)
ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2014

2014
Best Reviewer Award
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2014

2013
Overseas and Hong Kong/Macau Young Scholars Collaborative Research Award
(formerly Overseas Distinguished Young Scholar)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

2013
Teaching Excellence Award
University of Houston

2012
Best Student Paper Award Finalist
IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) 2012

2012
Best Medical Robotics Paper Award Runner-up
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2012

2011
IEEE Senior Member

2010
Google Faculty Research Award

2009
Faculty Academic Excellence Award
Department of Computer Science, University of Houston

2008
Texas Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Award

2005
Ambassador to the USC President
University of Southern California

2004
Academic Achievement Award
University of Southern California

1999
Kodak Fellowship
Peking University

1998
Guang-Hua Fellowship
Peking University


News and Media Coverage

April 2017

April 2017

March 2017
Quantifying Eye Contact During Conversations. UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics News, March 2nd, 2017.

July 2014

Nov 2013
NIH Grant Supports Design of Video Games to Promote Physical Activity in Youth. Breakthrough (NSM Newsletter for alumni and friends), Fall/Winter 2013.

Oct 2013
Augmented reality turns animation into oil business tool. Fuelfix.com (a daily news service website for energy business).

April 2013
NSM Faculty Honored at UH Evening of Faculty Excellence. UH NSM News (News of UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics).

Feb 2011
Contest develops mobile prototype. The Daily Cougar Newspaper.

Dec 2010
Medical Robotics to Improve Heart Surgery. Scentific Computing News.

Dec 2010
Medical Robotics to Improve Heart Surgery. The University of Houston News.

June 2010
Game Papers: A Convergence of Science and Art. SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Newsletter.

April 2010

July 2008

25June 2008

June 2008

15 Oct 2007

9 Oct 2007
Open House Presents Computer Science Exciting High-Tech Projects. UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Communications.

May 2005
Researchers Develop New Eye-Animation Method. NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Research Achievement Showcase.

June 2004
Eye-Motion Commotion. USC Engineer Magazine.