Johannes Kopf, a Microsoft researcher, has been awarded the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award. He specializes in computer graphics and was key to the development of Microsoft Hyperlapse.
“It is an indicator of somebody becoming one of the stars in the field,” said Richard Szeliski, a distinguished scientist with Microsoft Research who has worked closely with Kopf.
About Kopf’s work,
Kopf was honored in part for his 2014 paper on hyperlapse technology, which became the basis for the Microsoft Hyperlapse products that were released earlier this year. The tools allow anyone to turn long videos into smooth and speedy ones, and it grew out of Kopf’s own desire to make his first-person mountain climbing videos more interesting.
The SIGGRAPH judges also noted Kopf’s other significant work. That includes popular techniques for depixelizing and re-pixelizing pixel art, as well as other groundbreaking work in digital imaging, such as filling in missing regions in images and panoramas and advanced model-based photo editing. His early work on capturing and viewing gigapixel images has helped popularize this format.