Source: ACM SIGGRAPH Citation
ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to recognize Niloy Mitra with the 2013 Significant New Researcher Award for his innovative and influential contributions to geometric analysis of shapes, 3D modeling techniques and computational design tools. The hallmark of Niloy’s research has been the development of mathematical and computational foundations to discover and use the structure and function of 3D objects.
He has successfully applied this philosophy to develop computational frameworks for smart and intuitive acquisition, manipulation, and synthesis of fabrication- and functionaware 3D geometry.
Niloy has made key contributions in the area of acquisition and modeling of geometry. His early research included important contributions in estimating surface normals in noisy point cloud data, local and global registration of 3D shapes, and scan completion using geometric priors. He developed algorithms for detecting symmetry and regularity in unorganized 3D geometry and later proposed 3D modeling tools such as the iWires and the Smart Variations systems for manipulation and synthesis of man-made 3D models.
He has also introduced algorithms for exploring the design space of 3D shapes that can be fabricated using current methods, such as a tool for modeling 3D shapes that cast intriguing shadows, a method for automatically paneling freeform surfaces, and more recently, provided a computational solution for design exploration of useable furniture. The impact of this work goes well beyond the computer graphics community as he and his colleagues interact with practicing designers, architects and engineers.
Niloy consistently demonstrates creative and new approaches to identifying and addressing geometric problems with important design and fabrication applications. We are delighted to recognize his vision and accomplishments with the 2013 Significant New Researcher Award.