Falko Kuester Affiliated Researcher, UC San Diego
Falko Kuester is an Advisor to the Catalyst Project’s Virtual Reality Programming and Applications working group. He is a professor of Structural Engineering and the Calit2 Professor for Visualization and Virtual Reality, as well as director of the Calit2 Center of GRAVITY (Graphics, Visualization and Virtual Reality). Dr. Kuester also directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Archaeology and Architecture (CISA3) in the Qualcomm Institute. Dr. Kuester received his Ph.D. in 2001 from UC Davis, and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, respectively, in 1994 and 1995 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Kuester's research interests include tera-scale scientific visualization and virtual reality, image-based modeling and rendering, as well as distributed and remote visualization. His research efforts are aimed at creating intuitive, high-resolution virtual environments, providing engineers and scientists with a means to intuitively explore and analyze massive and complex, higher-dimensional datasets. In this context, his focus is on developing new methods for the acquisition, compression, streaming, synchronization and visualization of data. He applies these techniques to research challenges posed by distributed virtual environments and their application to earth system science, earthquake engineering, biomedical engineering and medicine. Dr. Kuester has been active in virtual reality research for over a decade and the stringent VR requirements have served as important performance criteria for his large-scale distributed data analysis and visualization projects. He is also active in research and development of digitally enabled workspaces that support distributed, collaborative and pervasive office of the future and classroom of the future environments. Other application areas of his research include simulation-based design, rapid prototyping, computational fluid dynamics, command and control and forensic analysis.
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