Ming Lin – Reconstructing Reality

Ming Lin

“Reconstructing Reality”

Keynote speaker for the 2019 Awards ceremony was Dr. Ming C. Lin.  Below is a video of her presentation, followed by an abstract of her fascinating talk:

“Reconstructing Reality: From Physical World to Virtual Environments”


With increasing availability of data in various forms from images, audio, video, 3D models, motion capture, simulation results, to satellite imagery, representative samples of the various phenomena constituting the world around us bring new opportunities and research challenges. Such availability of data has led to recent advances in “data-driven modeling” that transforms the data captured in the physical world to a digital replica of the real world in a virtual environment. In this talk, Lin surveys recent advances that integrate classical model-based methods and statistical learning techniques to tackle challenging problems that have not been previously addressed. These approaches offer new insights for understanding complex collective behaviors, developing better models for complex dynamical systems from captured data, delivering more effective medical diagnosis and treatment, as well as cyber-manufacturing of customized apparel. She concludes by discussing some possible future directions and challenges.

Ming C. Lin is currently the Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park and John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor Emerita of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. She was an Honorary Visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University in China and at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Ming Lin received several honors and awards, including the NSF Young Faculty Career Award in 1995, Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award in 1999, UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements in 2003, Beverly W. Long Distinguished Professorship 2007-2010, UNC WOWS Scholar 2009-2011, IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award in 2010, and many best paper awards at international conferences. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and Eurographics. Her research interests include computational robotics, haptics, physically-based modeling, virtual reality, sound rendering, and geometric computing. She has (co-)authored more than 300 refereed publications in these areas and co-edited/authored four books. Ming Lin obtained her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

First presented:   May 9, 2019

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