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Scientific American Posts an Article Featuring the CAT's Autostereoscopic Display.
December 2002

Mark Alpert reports on his experience of our 3D autostereoscopic display's eye-tracking system. "I see a ghostly 3-D image floating in the space between the screen and the parallax barrier. It's a skeletal model of a human foot, with the tarsals, metatarsals and phalanges highlighted in different colors. The image slowly rotates, and it seems just as gruesomely real as that severed fish head from Jaws 3-D. But now I'm not wearing any red-and-blue glasses."
To read the article, "Getting Real" click here

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Ken Perlin's animation work noted in December 2002 Technology Review
December, 2002

Technology Review mentioned Prof. Ken Perlin's work in developing software that enables computer animators to add subtle gestures to their characters. Technology Review says, "Perlin's software is a step closer to animation's larger goal-to dazzle our hearts as well as our eyes."
To read the article, "Automating Animation" by Gregory t. Huang click here.

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NYU Today Announces Ken Perlin's Receipt of the Sokol Faculty Award
December 10, 2002

"The honor, which includes an unrestricted grant of $25,000, is presented annually to a member of the science faculty who has most clearly demonstrated evidence of past excellence and future prospects for growth in his or her work for the University as a teacher, scholar, and colleague." (NYU Today 3) At the ceremony were award recipient Ken Perlin, Mrs. Margaret Sokol, and Dean for Science Peter Lennie.

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Technology Review Features CAT's Holographic Display in "Holograms in Motion."
November, 2002

Technology Review publishes a comprehensive explanation of our Autostereoscopic display. Explaining the system's eye-tracking capabilities David H. Freedman notes, "Of course, a hologram's realism doesn't come merely from its stereoscopic properties; holographic images can be inspected from all angles as the viewer's head moves around them. By virtue of its eye-locating capabilities, the NYU system can readily track head motion and almost immediately alter the images on the monitor as needed."
To read the article click here

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CAT Participates in IST2002 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
November, 2002

On November 4,5, 6 representatives from the CAT attended the IST2002 conference, held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. In an interactive workshop panel, aimed at exploring games and creative interaction as both tools and subjects of research, the delegation from the CAT presented with collaborative partners from the RADICAL group on issues related to working in real-time, international collaborations and tools development. The RADICAL group, (Research Agendas Developed in Creative Arts Labs), expresses a mission to develop a digital seedbed for creative arts practice, leading to three major international events, a number of new software prototypes for further development, a website, and publications providing guides to good practice in the fields of creativity for the IST programme.

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Henning Biermann Memorial
November, 2002

On November 15, 2002, the CAT joined the Computer Science Department in a Memorial Service for Henning Biermann, who passed away on July 1. The Memorial was concluded with the bittersweet announcement that Henning has been awarded his PhD degree posthumously. An annual scholarship fund was created in Henning's memory, and donations are still being accepted.

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CAT Lab Participates in London's Disability Arts Festival
November, 2002

CAT staff traveled to London, England to facilitate a series of workshops in technology and performance with disabled artists at the Ovalhouse Theater. With the help of our London-based collaborative partners, the Smartlab Centre, CAT introduced some of our latest software associated with The Butterfly Project. The software is designed for use in both performance and therapy situations. The workshops included exercises integrating theater games and computers, brainstorms on future software and hardware developments, and culminated in a public performance integrating technology and live performers.

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Ken Perlin Receives Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences
October, 2002

Cat Co-Director Ken Perlin was awarded the prestigious Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences by New York University for his outstanding achievement as a Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and as a Faculty of Arts and Science. Professor Perlin will receive his award on Thursday, November 14th, 2002 at the twelth Sokol Award ceremony. He will present a lecture on "More than Words Can Say: New Modes of Communication for Networked Communities."
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CAT Collaborates With The Cousteau Society
October, 2002

The CAT will integrate its PadMap technology with the Cousteau Society's "ecotechnie" program.

Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Society has more than 100,000 members worldwide. Under the leadership of President Francine Cousteau, the Society continues the unique explorations and observations of ecosystems throughout the world that have helped millions of people understand and appreciate the fragility of life on our Water Planet. Half a century of protecting water systems has expanded to embrace a wide variety of programs to encourage communities to achieve sustainable harmony with Nature: Waters of Peace, the Cousteau Label, Coastal Workers and more.
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CAT Welcomes New Staff and Associates
September, 2002

Chris Bregler has been a faculty member at Stanford University where he worked on motion capturing cartoon characters, dancers, and kangaroos. While working as an assistant professor in the NYU computer science department, Bregler will implement a new motion capture facility here at the CAT.

Dan Rosenfeld, a new CAT research scientist, spent his most recent professional life designing toys and developing new technologies to add to their capabilities. Previously, he co-founded Headgames Inc., worked on the Xanadu global hypertext system, and developed methods for the broader application of neural network (AI) technology.

Rebecca Ross will be working as a CAT research scientist while teaching as faculty at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She holds an MFA in design from the Yale School of Art having worked in the areas of tangible media, electronic art, typography, and information visualization.

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NYU Today announces CAT debut of 'artography.'
NYU Today, September 5th, 2002

"Using a patented technology developed by two NYU computer scientists, Aaron Hertzmann and Kenneth Perlin, the new company will take ordinary photos, slides, or digital images and transform them into paintings on canvas, seemingly hand-painted, at low cost."
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CAT associate receives Student Academy Award
Dan Blank CAT associate and filmmaker, Dan Blank, received a Bronze medal for his stop-motion, animated film, "Shadowplay," at the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 29th Annual Student Academy Awards competition this June.
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Demetri Terzopoulos on NY1
CAT Professor Demetri Terzopoulos's work on bio-mimetic artificial intelligence was recently featured on New York's Cable news channel, NY1. You can read the article here.

To see a video of the broadcast, please click here.
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CAT Performs Flutterfugue in UK with SmartLab & MIT Media Lab Europe

CAT staff travelled to London to participate in the RADICAL workshops hosted by Dr. Lizbeth Goodman, Director of the SmartLab at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in July. The weeklong conference consisted of workshops and speakers focusing on the issue of collaboration between multimedia institutes both within the European Union and across the Atlantic. Representatives from Den Waag (the Netherlands) INA (France) Interative Institute (Sweden) and the MIT MediaLab Europe (Ireland), along with the CAT and the SmartLab ended the week with a clubbing event at the Back Hill Theatre in London. The event featured a performance of 'Flutterfugue,' which uses the CAT's 3D Virtual Puppet technology in a real-time collaborative performance between a live conductor, two live dancers - one who uses a wheelchair, and a virtual butterfly. The exciting interaction in this performance between the virtual butterfly puppet and the dancer in a wheelchair sparks new possibilities for therapy options and live virtual interaction for people with disabilties.

Click here to see a RealMedia Video of the Performance.
Click here to see the Quicktime version.
Photos from the event can be seen here.
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Crain's New York Business reports on CAT technology and business collaboration.
Turning photos into paintings, patents into gold?
Published 06/17/2002 in Crain's New York Business
synopsis: Artography Direct Inc. has partnered with the CAT and received an exclusive licensing agreement for the use of our Painterly technology in the commercial realm. Developed by Ken Perlin and Aaron Hertzmann, the technology will be used by Artography to produce artistic and computerized family portraits. The pair of Artography entrepreneurs, Bill Coyer and Rudolph Palombi, formed Artography Direct Inc. with the idea of transforming digital photographs into simulated oil paintings on canvas. Painterly does just that, mimicking such artistic movements as impressionism, expressionism, pointillism, and others. Perlin has agreed to be a director of the company.

newyork.com interviewed Ken Perlin about Artography Direct. Read the interview here
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Ken Perlin Receives Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology
Co-Director Ken Perlin was honored with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology on the evening of June 13th. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the award to Dr. Perlin, together with eight other New Yorkers, at the Queens Hall of Science. The award recognizes the important role that members of the scientific community play in the success of New York City.

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* Demo at Ultraviolet 2002
Ultraviolet Technology Showcase Brings Together Education, Government, and Industry Leaders
On June 13th, the CAT hosted another successful Ultraviolet Technology Showcase featuring many new technologies. Over one hundred and fifty guests, including scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials were given a glimpse into the future of multimedia research in the fields of information technology, finance, education, entertainment, and communications.


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Mike Uretsky Speaks at a Breakfast Panel at the United Nations
Co-Director Mike Uretsky joined Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary for Economic and Social Affairs and other Delegations from UN Member States, the UN General Assembly, UN Secretariat, non-governmental organizations, academia, and business for a Working Breakfast Discussion. At this discussion, Professor Uretsky discussed how changing economics, coupled with new information and communications technologies, can accelerate immediately realizable global development.
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New NYU President John Sexton Appoints CAT Board Members to Leadership Team
NYU President-Designate John Sexton just appointed the following CAT Board members to his leadership team: Prof. David McLaughlin, Dean Richard Foley, Prof. Robert Berne, and Richard Stanley. Dave McLaughlin will become the University Provost; Dick Foley will chair the University's Committee on Academic Priorities; Bob Berne (Chairman of the CAT Board) will be the Senior Vice President for Health; and Richard Stanley will be the Executive Vice Provost. We all congratulate these CAT Board Members and look forward to their continued leadership and support in the coming years.
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CAT Board Member David McLaughlin Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
The CAT would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to CAT Board Member David McLaughlin on his election to the National Academy of Sciences. Members of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.
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3D Autostereo Display Featured in Wired News
The CAT's 3D autostereo display is the subject of a recent article in Wired News' business section. In this article, Ken Perlin comments on the commercial future of this revolutionary display technology. Please click below for the full story:

http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,51308,00.html
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TechTV Features the CAT on TechLive
TechTV's TechLive featured the CAT and its research in a story that aired on February 26, 2002. Painterly rendering, the holographic workbench, and the 3D autostereo display were covered.

To read the on-line article, please click here.
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Lucy Bradshaw of MAXIS Speaks at a CAT Co-Sponsored Forum
In conjunction with the Markle Foundation, the NYU CAT hosted a talk by MAXIS General Manager Lucy Bradshaw at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Bradshaw spoke to a mix of students, faculty, researchers and business representatives about the production of the popular "Sim" games. This talk was a part of the Markle Forum on Children and Media and continues the CAT's mission to be a nexis of cutting edge intellectual exchange on the impact of new technologies on society.

To see the slides from Lucy Bradshaw's presentation,

please click here for html

or here to download the pdf file.

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