Archived News

Former Ph.D. student Shih-kai Chung has been appointed the 12th president of the National Taiwan University of Arts.

PI: James Hahn (Computer Science, SEAS), Co-I: Marijane Hynes (Medicine, SMHS), Fang Jin (Statistics, CCAS), John Philbeck (Psychology, CCAS), Khashayar Vaziri (Surgery, SMHS), Mamoun Younes (Pathology, SMHS), Steven Zeddun (Medicine, SMHS), and Xiaoke Zhang (Statistics, CCAS) have been awarded a new NIH R01 grant titled "Advancing 3D optical body surface scan technology to assess physiological and psychological effects in highly obese population" for $2.23 Million.

This interdisciplinary project will develop an optical scanning technology along with machine learning to assess the health of highly obese subjects, and in particular hepatic steatosis and fibrosis.

"GW marks its historic bicentennial by honoring living alumni who have made an impact on the world and embody the ideals of the university. Bill Westenhofer, an alumnus of our program and the winner of two Academy Awards, was honored as one of the "Monumental Alumni."

The Spring 2020 Festival of Animation was virtually held on Friday, May 22nd. More details are provided on the Festival of Animation page.

The paper "A Physics-based Virtual Reality Simulation Framework for Neonatal Endotracheal Intubation," Xiao Xiao, Shang Zhao, Yan Meng, Lamia Soghier, Xiaoke Zhang, James K. Hahn, won "Best Paper Award" at 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Atlanta, GA, USA.

The poster "Automated Assessment System with Cross Reality for Neonatal Endotracheal Intubation Training," Shang Zhao, Wei Li, Xiaoke Zhang, Xiao Xiao, Yan Meng, John Philbeck, Naji Younes, Rehab Alahmadi, Lamia Soghier, James K. Hahn, won "Honorable Mention" at 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Atlanta, GA, USA.

Prof. Hahn accepts the  2019 Distinguished Researcher Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science on behalf of all the students in the Institute.

seas awards

Dr. Jane Goodall visited the Motion Capture and Analysis Laboratory (MOCA). She was there to be scanned in 3D and time by the MOCA team consisting of Wei Li, Xiao Xiao, and Shang Zhao for the "Virtual Jane" project.

jane 1
j 2

The paper “Accurate Non-rigid 3D Human Body Surface Reconstruction Using Commodity Depth Sensors,” Yao Lu, Shang Zhao, Naji Younes, James Hahn, was selected to be on the cover of Computer Animation and Virtual World.

Wei Li, Xiao Xiao, and Shang Zhao collaborate with Prof. Maida Withers on a dance performance.

Larry Gritz wins a scientific and technical achievement award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Prof. James Hahn, Dr. Lamia Soghier (CNHS), Prof. John Philbeck (Psychology), Prof. Naji Youns (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) receive a $1.6M NIH R01 grant.

Prof. James Hahn and faculty from the Milken Institute School of Public Health have received a two-year $422,020 R21 award from the National Institutes of Health for their project “Calculation of Percent Body Fat by Analyzing Virtual Body Models.” Professor Hahn is the grant’s principle investigator.  Professors Geoffrey Hudson, Jerome Danoff, Melissa Napolitano, and Naji Younes--all of the Milken Institute School of Public Health--are the co-PIs.

Prof. James Hahn received a pilot project grant from AstraZeneca/MedImmune for “Motion Capture and Analysis of an Automatic Injection Device.

Prof. James Hahn, Prof. Sergio Almécija (Anthropology), Prof. Taeyong Lee (MAE), Prof. John Philbeck (Psychology), Prof. Gabe Sibley (CS) wins a $714K grant from NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to develop a Large-Scale Dense Scene Capture and Tracking Instrument.

Bill Westenhofer wins 2nd Oscar.

Come participate in a user study in 3D visualization techniques (2013).

We are conducting a user study in Volume interaction (2011).

seas showcase

Doctoral students Can Kirmizibayrak and Mike Wakid won the first-place prize in the graduate student category during the SEAS Fifth Annual Research and Development Showcase held on Feb 24, 2011. Their poster was titled "3D Image Fusion and Visualization for Surgical Applications".



The winners of the Fall 2010 Festival of Animation are:

Graphical image of video game


Samar Alsaleh, winner of CS 191, Computer Game Design and Programming.

Graphical image of a dog


Xiaolong Jiang, winner of CS 181, Computer Animation Design I.



Wei Li, winner of CS 266, Computer Animation


Alumnus of our program, Bill Westenhofer, won an Academy Award for Visual Effects. Bill is the visual effects supervisor for Rhythm & Hues, and led the Rhythm and Hues studios' team on The Golden Compass.

Westenhofer led a crew of 500 on two continents over a period of 18 months to produce nearly 400 shots featured in the movie, which stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Dakota Blue Richards.

He was previously nominated in 2005 in the same category for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is also nominated for The Golden Compass in the Special Visual Effects category by the Orange BAFTA Awards, and The Golden Compass is one of the Visual Effects’ Society’s nominees for Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture Category.

Come see what students have been up to in CSCI 181 - Design of Computer Animation, as well as demos of tools visual artists are using to make animations, interactive installations, and other new media experiments. The George Washington University Digital Media Expo

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering announces a call for applications from GW Undergraduates interested in Research Fellowship support in biomedical engineering for summer 2006. GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Fellowship

One of our alumni, Bill Westenhofer (MS, 1995, Computer Science) was nominated for the Academy Awards for Achievement in Visual Effects. Bill was the Visual Supervisor leading the Rhythm & Hues' team on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Bill did his MS thesis at GW in the use of dynamics in physics-based animation. Technical Reports, Thesis and Dissertation

Professor James Hahn, chair of the Computer Science Department, along with graduate students Samir Roy and Jean Honorio, have developed a prototype program for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. The software improves previous methods of how a swimmer's motion can be analyzed from underwater and can be used as a powerful tool for improving swimmer performance. 

Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Computer Graphics, and the Institute for Biomedical Engineering sponsors an open house for the University's newest laboratory devoted to motion capture and analysis. Find out more details

Steven Beilomowitz of the Department of Surgery, James Hahn of the Department of Computer Science, Rajat Mittal of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Ray Walsh of the Department of Anatomy receive a $2.9 Million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop computer systems to improve surgical techniques.

We are pleased to announce that the Advisory Council on Research, AVPRGS Carol Sigelman, and EVP Don Lehman has selected our proposal "Motion Capture and Analysis Laboratory (MOCA)" for funding.

The proposal was a truly interdisciplinary collaboration: David Chichka (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Jerome Danoff (Department of Exercise Science), James Hahn (Department of Computer Science), James Michelson (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery), John Philbeck (Department of Psychology), Margaret Plack (Program in Physical Therapy), Brian Richmond (Department of Anthropology) and Maida Withers (Department of Theatre and Dance).

This will enable us to purchase and maintain infrared motion capture equipment. The technology consists of infrared light sources, reflective markers, IR cameras, and associated image-processing software that enable the digital recording of 3-Dimensional positions of moving targets in space. Such markers are usually attached to various parts of a human body to capture their motions in space as a function of time. This technology has enabled a variety of applications including the synthesis of motions of digital characters in movies and computer games, rehabilitation of neurological and physiological disorders in adults and children, analysis of sports performance, analysis of primate locomotion in anthropology, and creation of performance pieces based on capturing dance motion.

If you are interested in research and educational activities that can benefit from such technology, please contact us.

We are very much interested in making MOCA a focal point for faculty from all over campus to collaborate in motion capture, analysis, and visualization

Belgian composer, Wim Mertens, features our artwork on the cd of his new release, Un respiro 

Wim Martens

The proposal to the USA Swimming "Full-Body Analysis of Swimming Techniques Using CFD and Computer Animation" has been funded. The interdisciplinary research involving The Flow Simulations and Analysis Group in MAE, Institute for Computer Graphics and the Institute for Biomedical Engineering will begin January 1, 2005. Find out more detail

See our Research: Computer Animation and Visualization of Olympic Swimmers appearing in Sports Illustrated