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PKU Prof. Chen Baoquan named to the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy
May 10, 2024
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Peking University, May 9, 2024: Recently, Chen Baoquan, a professor and the associate dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence at Peking University (PKU), was inducted into the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy, becoming the first Chinese member of the prestigious academy.

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2024 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class (Photo: ACM)

The ACM SIGGRAPH is a global community of professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to computer graphics and interactive techniques. As a special interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM SIGGRAPH’s mission is to foster innovation, connect like-minded individuals, and recognize outstanding achievements in the field, according to the academy. 

Prof. Chen is one of the five scholars selected for the 2024 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy. He is the first scholar from China and the third scholar in the computer science field to be inducted into the academy. The honor is to recognize his significant contributions to large-scale 3D scene reconstruction, point-based Discrete Convolution Networks, and 3D shape design for manufacturing.
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Prof. Chen Baoquan

As an IEEE Fellow, Prof. Chen's research focuses on computer graphics and 3D vision. He leads the National 973 Program "Theory and Methods of Urban Big Data Computing" and spearheads the China 3D Vision Conference (China3DV). Prof. Chen's work is recognized globally for its impact on advancing technology and fostering academic exchange.

Notably, Prof. Chen led a pioneering project at Peking University that brought cutting-edge technology to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Using AI, his team developed a system allowing for interactive and multi-angle experiences for viewers. This innovation set a new standard for sports broadcasting, showcasing China's achievement in technological innovation. (Read more here)

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Prof. Chen Baoquan tests the“Interactive Multi-dimensional Viewing System” at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Emphasizing the significance of graphics across various disciplines, including Artificial Intelligence, he remarked, "A university without graphics is incomplete." Chen eloquently described graphics as "all-encompassing and limitless," underscoring its crucial role in shaping the future of AI and the emergence of generative AI technologies. 

Reflecting on the visionary insights of graphics pioneers like Ivan Sutherland, an American scientist, Chen stressed the ultimate goal of graphics: to create a digital world indistinguishable from reality, akin to a "world simulator." Through his words, Chen aptly captures the profound impact of graphics on technology and its boundless potential for innovation.

Written by: Aden Tan
Edited by: Dennis Meng
Source: School of Artificial Intelligence; ACM