ERGUN AKLEMAN
Prof. Dr.
Visualization Department
Texas A&M University
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Email: firstname dot lastname at gmail dot com (Do not use my viz email)
Phone: (979) 845 6599
Office: C 418, Langford Center, College Station, TX 77843-3137
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Short Bio

I am a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. I am also a computer graphics researcher who has a background in Electronic and Computer Engineering. I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

In the Visualization Sciences program, I teach a wide variety of topics in covering both artistic and scientific aspects of computer graphics. The topics I usually teach include computer animation, 3D modeling, rendering, visual storytelling, image based lighting and compositing. All my courses are interdisciplinary by nature. I combine a studio approach with lectures. In my art and design courses, students also learn mathematics. In my technical computer graphics courses that are usually heavy in computer science and mathematics, students also learn aesthetics aspects of the subject.

My research work is also interdisciplinary, usually motivated by aesthetic concerns. I have published extensively in the areas of shape modeling, image synthesis, artistic depiction, image based lighting, texture and tiles, computer aided caricature, electrical engineering and computer aided architecture.

My most significant and influential contributions as a researcher have been in shape modeling and computer aided sculpting. My work on a topological mesh modeling. has resulted a powerful manifold mesh modeling system, called TopMod. By using TopMod, high genus manifold shapes can easily be constructed. I also have a significant body of work in subdivision modeling and implicit modeling. My future research goals include finding new ways for physical construction of large scale complicated shapes.


News
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  • Aug. 2011: I presented two talks on "Quad Pattern Coverable Meshes" and "Band Decomposition Structures" in SIGGRAPH'11 held at Vancouver Canada. We also had a poster on "Band Decomposition Structures". Before Siggraph, there was CAE/SBIM/NPAR joint conference. I had one poster "Surface Covering Curves" in CAE'2011 and another poster "Sketch based 3D Modeling with Curvature Classification" in SBIM'2011. The poster "Sketch based 3D Modeling with Curvature Classification" is selected to be shown in SIGGRAPH poster space.
  • Jul. 2011: My PhD student Qing Xing defended her thesis. She will start to work in NVIDIA. Tayfun Akgul visited me and we worked on several ideas related to caricataures and cartoons. I have also prepared posters for Siggraph, SBIM and CAE. My MS student Barrett David defended his thesis on "Paint Landscapes", which will turn to be an interesting paper.
  • Jun. 2011: I presented "Twill Woven Objects" in SMI'2011 held at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. I have also presented our plans for SMI'2012, which will be in College Station in May 2012.
  • May. 2011: "Quad Pattern Coverable Meshes" and "Band Decomposition Structures" are accepted to SIGGRAPH'2011 as a late breaking poster and talk. "Surface Covering Curves" and "Sketch based 3D Modeling with Curvature Classification" are accepted to CAE'2011 and SBIM'2011 respectively. I designed covers of proceeding and art exhibition catalog of Bridges 2011. My cartoon is published in the cover of Matematik Dunyasi. See Cover.
  • Apr. 2011: Architecture students in Gabriel Esquivel's class constructed "The largest Stanford Bunny of the World" using our approach for constructing large structures with Band Decomposition of manifold mesh surfaces. This large sculpture is now in front of my office. If you are in College Station, you can come and see it. I edited the proceeding of ISAMA 2011 and designed its cover. You can order a printed BW book from Lulu Marketplace. Color version of the book is also available at Lulu Marketplace.
  • Mar. 2011: "Twill Woven Objects" is accepted to SMI'2011.
  • Feb. 2011: I edited Hyperseeing Spring Issue and designed its cover. You can order a high-quality printed color book from Lulu Marketplace.
  • Jan. 2011: In the Spring 2011 semester, I teach VIZA 665 Digital Compositing and VIZA 656 Image Synthesis.
  • Dec. 2010: We have shown that positive genus surfaces can be covered with 17 plane symmetric patterns. They can also be covered asymmetrically using Wang tiles.
  • Nov. 2010: We have developed a new graph visualization approach based on 2D thickenings of graphs embedded on surfaces.
  • Oct. 2010: I, Jianer Chen, Jonathan Gross and Tom Tucker started to work on using 3-Manifolds for modeling and visualization. I expect that their embeddings, immersions and representations in 3-space can provide much ore powerful modeling software.
  • Sep. 2010: In the Fall 2011 semester, I teach VIST 441 Scientific & Technological Developments in Visual Arts and VIZA 657 Computer Aided Sculpting.
  • Aug. 2010: I presented a talk on `Twill-Woven Objects' in Siggraph'10. We also had a poster in the same topic.
  • Jul. 2010: I organized GAG'2010 with Tayfun Akgul and Tevfik Akgun in Istanbul Technical University.
  • Jun. 2010: I presented "Single-cycle Plain Weaving" and "Paper Strip Sculptures" in SMI'2010 held at Arts et Métiers ParisTech in Aix-en-Provence, France. My proposal for organizing SMI'2012 in College Station in May 2012 is accepted.
  • May. 2010: "Twill Woven Objects" is accepted to SIGGRAPH'2010 as a late breaking poster and talk. I designed covers of proceedings and art exhibition catalog for Bridges 2010.
  • Apr. 2010: I edited the proceeding of ISAMA 2010 and designed its cover. You can order a printed BW book from Lulu Marketplace. Color version of the book is also available at Lulu Marketplace.
  • Mar. 2010: "Single-cycle Plain Weaving" and "Paper Strip Sculptures" are accepted to SMI'2010.
  • Feb. 2010:
  • Jan. 2010: I edited Hyperseeing Spring Issue and designed its cover. You can order a high-quality printed color book from Lulu Marketplace.
  • Dec. 2009:
  • Nov. 2009: We have shown that it is possible to cover any surface with a single cycle plain weaving.
  • Aug. 2009: I presented "Plain-Woven Objects" in Siggraph'09. See pdf and powerpoint of the Siggraph 2009 paper. You can also get Fast Forward slides at powerpoint .
  • Jul. 2010: I organized GAG'2009 with Tayfun Akgul and Tevfik Akgun in Istanbul Technical University.
  • May. 2009: I went to Ankara and worked in Middle East Technical University (METU). I gave some presentations in Bilkent and METU. In the meantime, I designed art exhibition catalog for Bridges 2009.
  • Apr. 2009: My cartoon is published in the cover of Matematik Dunyasi. See Cover
  • I went to Istanbul and gave some seminars in Sabanci and Istanbul Technical Universities (ITU).
  • Mar. 2009: The Walk'N Play game become available free from the Health and Fitness application Walk n’Play in the App Store. Those of you with iPhones who crave for a cool app, go to iTunes and download it.More information can also be found at the application’s dedicated web site:http://www.cpl.uh.edu/html/LocalUser/walknplay/index.html Our "Cyclic Plain-Weaving on Polygonal Meshes" is accepted to SIGGRAPH'2009. I worked on designs for creation an internet based cartoon creation.
  • Feb. 2009: I started my sabbatical. I have created cartoon animations and page design for an IPhone fitness game with The Computational Physiology Lab (CPL) in University of Houston.
  • Jan. 2009: I with Jianer Chen and Jonathan Gross have formalized Extended Topological Graph Theory to represent cyclic weaving on polygonal meshes.