Hao (Richard) Zhang is a full professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, and holds a Distinguished University Professorship (2020-25). He has also been a visitor professor at Stanford University, Shenzhen University, and the Beijing Film Academy. Richard obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and MMath and BMath degrees from the University of Waterloo, all in computer science. He directs the GrUVi (Graphics U Vision) lab at SFU. His research is in computer graphics and visual computing with special interests in geometric modeling, shape analysis, 3D vision, geometric deep learning, as well as computational design and fabrication. He has published more than 170 papers on these topics, including 58 articles in SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, and ACM Trans. on Graphics, the most prestigious venue in computer graphics. Methods from three of his papers on geometry processing have been adopted by CGAL, the open-source Computational Geometry Algorithms Library.
Richard is an associate editor-in-chief for IEEE CG&A, a past editor-in-chief for Computer Graphics Forum, and an associate editor for ACM Trans. on Graphics and IEEE TVCG. He has served on the program committees of all major computer graphics conferences and is SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 course chair, a paper co-chair for SGP 2013, GI 2015, and CGI 2018, and a program chair for International Geometry Summit 2019.
Awards won by Richard include an NSERC DAS (Discovery accelerator Supplement) Award in 2014, a Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) Research Excellence Award at SFU in 2014, a National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Overseas Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2015, a Google Faculty Research Award in 2019, a Best Dataset Award from ChinaGraph (2020), as well as faculty grants/gifts from Adobe and Autodesk. He and his students have won the CVPR 2020 Best Student Paper Award and Best Paper Awards at SGP 2008 and CAD/Graphics 2017. For his university service, Richard received the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence in Leadership in 2016.
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