URBANA, Ill., July 26, 2019 — Donna Cox, Director of the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Professor in Illinois’ School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts, will be receiving the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art at SIGGRAPH 2019 next week. She will also be inducted into the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy, which was inaugurated last year and recognizes individuals whose work is influential and has a direct impact on the field as proven through the development of new research or innovations in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques), now in its 46th year, is the worldwide leading conference on computer graphics, and is hosted by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). This year’s conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA., and will feature graphics experts in everything from modeling and simulation to motion capture and scientific visualization.
Cox, who has long been on the cutting edge of jaw-dropping visualizations, is set to be honored for a lifetime of innovation, including work with AVL, where she and her team have created visualizations for museums, exhibits and even feature films. Through her work, Cox has cemented Scientific Visualization as not only something that inspires awe but also has great educational and research utility.
“This is one of the greatest honors and I am very appreciative to my AVL team, NCSA and the University who have helped make this possible,” said Cox.
“I’ve been participating in the SIGGRAPH Conference since 1984 and watched it grow to over 35,000 attendees at one point. SIGGRAPH represents the premier conference for the international community of interdisciplinary researchers using computer graphics,” continued Cox. “I am especially honored because the SIGGRAPH represents my ‘tribe’ in the field and includes important mentors, students, and academic colleagues throughout my life.”
Cox will receive her award during the award ceremony on Monday, July 29th, starting at 9:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Central, and will be presenting at the awards presentations at 3:45 – 5:15 PM PST. A live stream of the presentation will be available on Youtube and Facebook Live.
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The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.