Alyn P. Rockwood

Dr Rockwood serves as Director of the Internext Graphics Institute (IGI) and member of the Academy Board of Directors. He is organizing and leading the launch of IGI and will manage development of its human-computer interface and AI technologies.

Dr Rockwood is one of the leading research scientists worldwide and is primarily known for his innovative research in computer graphics and geometric modeling. He has been the Associate Director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. KAUST is an international, graduate-level university that is energizing innovation in scientific and technological advancements. Dr Rockwood has also served as a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the university.

Dr Rockwood recently fulfilled his term as Vice President of ACMSIGGRAPH, the most prestigious worldwide organization in computer graphics and interactive techniques. He served as the SIGGRAPH conference chair in 2003 and as the SIGGRAPH Research Papers Chair in 1999. One of his activities as Vice President was to lead a team to establish the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference, now a top tier conference in computer graphics, and which attracted over 7000 attendees last year in Hong Kong.

Dr Rockwood has an illustrious career that spans both industry and academics. At the pioneering computer graphics company, Evans & Sutherland, he led the software team that developed the first FAA “Phase III” flight simulator, enabling pilots to be ‘upgrade-trained’ entirely on a simulator. At Silicon Graphics (SGI), he was a part of the group that developed GL, and subsequently, OpenGL. His seminal work on surface rendering is still the basis for display of surfaces in OpenGL today. He was a visiting scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. He was formerly an associate professor at Arizona State University and professor, Assistant Dept. Head, and Director of Graduate Studies at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

Dr Rockwood conceptualized and developed the FreeDesign Ltd geometry system, and helped co-found this startup company as its CTO. This groundbreaking technology was awarded the Innovation Award for Best New Technology 2007 by CADwire magazine at the elite COFES conference. The next year he was honored with the CAD Society’s “Heroes of Engineering” Award. He was also a founder of Geomerics Ltd., Cambridge, U.K., a successful startup company producing the highest quality, photo realistic rendering and display technology for computer games.

Dr Rockwood’s current research centers on technology for representing 3D objects in a flexible, easy-to-design model, which is highly compressible. Compression of models is a key to Internet graphics, much as JPEG compression is for images. Hence his current work is closely aligned with that of the Internext Graphics Institute. Moreover, applications have been exploited for animation, CAD, geo-science, and immersive interaction.

Dr Rockwood received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. While a research scientist at Cambridge University in the 1980′s, he invented a new area of mathematics involving the definition and blending of surfaces. His entire professional life has been involved in studying the mathematics of the representation of objects. He has authored 100+ technical articles with a dozen patents issued or pending. He has co-authored two technical textbooks and one science fiction novel.

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