"Do only what only you can do." - Edgar Dijkstra
According to the Mathematics Genealogy Project, the students below can trace back their "academic roots" as follows: Hao Zhang (Toronto), Eugene Fiume (Toronto), Alain Fournier (UT Texas), Zvi Kedem (Technion), Azaria Paz (Technion), Michael Rabin (Princeton), Alonzo Church (Princeton), Oswald Veblen (Chicago), E. H. Moore (Yale), H. A. Newton (Yale), Michel Chasles (Ecole Polytechnique), Simeon Poisson (Ecole Polytechnique), Joseph Lagrange (Pierre-Simon Laplace, too), Leonard Euler (Universitat Basel), Johann Bernoulli (Universitat Basel), Jacob Bernoulli (Universitat Basel), and Gottfried Leibniz (Universitat Altdorf, 1666).

See a version with pictures from David Mould's page and a version with graph-vis from Mario Sousa's page.

Oh, by the way, my Erdös number is at most 3.


Current students and research associates

Zhiqin Chen Jiongchao Jin Wallace Pinto Lira Jon Liu Ali Mahdavi-Amiri Johannes Merz Akshay Gadi Patil Kangxue Yin Chenyang Zhu

Postdocs, visitors, and other research personnel

  1. Ali Mahdavi-Amiri, postdoc (awarded two-year NSERC Postdoc Fellowship), 2016-2018.
    B.Sc., Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, 2006;
    M.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2009;
    Ph.D., University of Calgary, Canada, 2015.

  2. Chen Song, Summer Research Student,
    SFU-VPR Undergraduate Research Assistantship (USRA), May-August, 2018.

  3. Jiongchao Jin, Visiting PhD student,
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship, October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2020.

Ph.D. students

  1. Wallace Pinto Lira, B.Sc. and M.Sc., Universidade Federal do Para, Brazil
    SFU CD Nelson Entrance Scholarship
    Started Ph.D. in September, 2015.

  2. Johannes Merz, B.Sc. and M.Sc., Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
    SFU CD Nelson Entrance Scholarship
    Started Ph.D. in September, 2018.

  3. Akshay Gadi Patil, B.Eng., P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India, 2012.
    M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India, 2016.
    Started Ph.D. in September, 2016.

  4. Kangxue Yin, B.Sc., Chang'an University, China, 2012
    Research assistant, Visual Computing Center at Shenzhen Inst. of Adv. Tech., 2012-2015
    Started Ph.D. in September, 2015.
    Committee members: Hao Zhang, Hui Huang, and Daniel Cohen-Or

  5. Chenyang Zhu, B.Sc. and M.Sc.: National University of Defense Tech., China;
    China Scholarship Council Four-Year PhD Scholarship
    Started Ph.D. in September 2014.
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Daniel Cohen-Or

M.Sc. students

  1. Zhiqin Chen, B.Sc., Shanghai Jiaotong University, China;
    M.Sc., September 2017 - current.

  2. Jon Liu, B.Sc., National Tsinghua University, Taiwan;
    M.Sc., September 2017 - current.

Graduated students and other research personnel supervised

Manyi Li Zili Yi Changqing Zou Rui Ma Shuhua Li Han Liu Jaime Vargas Warunika Ranaweera Zeinab Sadeghipour Ibraheem Alhashim Shuyang Sun Honghua (Howard) Li Sushant Joshi Ruizhen Hu Anna Mewhort Andrea Tagliasacchi Yuan (Karen) Liu Oliver van Kaick Amy (Xiaoming) Li Hui Wang Nima Aghdaii Yanzhen (Eric) Wang Matt Olson Kai (Kevin) Xu Ramsay Dyer Joe Kahlert Rong (Frank) Liu Shy Shalom Jeff (Jun) Yu John Li Xiaoxing (Ginger) Li Varun Jain

Ph.D. students and postdocs supervised

  1. Rui Ma, Ph.D., 2017.
    Now research scientist at Altum View Inc., Burnaby, BC, Canada.
    MITACS Globalink Research Award - Intership at Microsoft Research Asia, September 2015 - Feburary 2016.
    Ph.D. thesis: Sub-Scene Level Analysis and Synthesis of 3D Indoor Scenes (Distinction: "Defense and thesis passed as is").
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Ze-Nian Li
    Examiners: Yasu Furukawa (internal) and Oliver Deussen (external) from University of Konstanz, Germany.

  2. Changqing Zou, postdoc (co-supervised with Ping Tan), June 2015 - September 2017.
    Now Assistant Research Scientist at University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).
    B.Sc., Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2005;
    Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2014.

  3. Han Liu, postdoc (co-supervised with Oliver van Kaick), June 2016 - July 2017.
    Now research scientist at Electronic Arts, California, USA.
    B.Sc., Huangshang University, China, 2007;
    M.Sc., Xiamen University, China, 2010;
    Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2016.

  4. Ibraheem Alhashim, Ph.D., 2015.
    Now postdoc at Visual Computing Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
    2015 Alain Fournier Award (Best Doctoral Dissertation in Computer Graphics in Canada) (SFU news coverage)
    Ph.D. thesis: Topology-Varying Shape Matching and Modeling (Distinction: "Defense and thesis passed as is").
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Ghassan Hamarneh
    Examiners: Ping Tan (internal) and Niloy J. Mitra (external) from University College London, UK.

  5. Honghua (Howard) Li, Ph.D., 2015.
    Now research scientist at AILab of Alibaba Inc., Hangzhou, China.
    China Scholarship Council Four-Year PhD Scholarship, 2010-2014,
    Ph.D. Thesis: Shape Compaction via Stacking and Folding.
    Committee members: Hao Zhang, Daniel Cohen-Or, and Ze-Nian Li.
    Examiners: Ping Tan (internal) and Karan Singh (external) from University of Toronto.

  6. Andrea Tagliasacchi, Ph.D., 2013.
    Now assistant professor at University of Victoria, Canada. Previously a postdoc at EPFL.
    NSERC's Alexander Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2011.
    Best Student Paper Award for MITACS-related research, 2009.
    Gold medal for best graduate student in computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano, 2007.
    Ph.D. Thesis: Skeleton Extraction and Skeleton-Driven Processing of Incomplete Data (Distinction: "Defense and thesis passed as is").
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Ghassan Hamarneh.
    Examiners: Kamal Gupta (internal) and Paolo Cignoni (external) from ISTI/CNR, Italy.

  7. Oliver van Kaick, Ph.D., 2011.
    Now assistant professor at Carleton University, Canada. Previously a postdoc at Tel Aviv University.
    Azrieli Postdoc Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, 2013.
    MITACS Elevate Postdoc Fellowship. with PDFTron Inc., 2011-2012.
    Ph.D. Thesis: Matching Dissimilar Shapes (Distinction: "Defense and thesis passed as is").
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Ghassan Hamarneh.
    Examiners: Greg Mori (internal) and Michael Kazhdan (external) from John Hopkins University.

  8. Matt Olson, Ph.D., 2011.
    Now software engineer at Safe Software.
    Precarn Scholarship 2008.
    Ph.D. Thesis: A Plane View of Geometric Silhouettes.
    Committee members: Hao Zhang and Torsten Moeller.
    Examiners: Bruce Gooch (external) from University of Victoria.

  9. Ramsay Dyer, Ph.D., 2010 (co-supervised with Torsten Moeller).
    Now postdoc at Groningen University in the Netherlands
    Best Paper Award at SGP 2008 and Best Student Paper Award for MITACS-related research, 2008.
    Ph.D. Thesis: Self-Delaunay Meshes for Surfaces.
    Previously postdoc at the Geometrica group in INRIA. Committee members: Hao Zhang and Torsten Moeller.
    Examiners: Binay Bhattacharya (internal) and Leonidas Guibas (external) from Stanford University.

  10. Rong (Frank) Liu, Ph.D., 2009.
    Now software engineer at Microsoft, Redmond.
    Ph.D. thesis: Spectral mesh segmentation.
    Previously at PDFTron, Vancouver, Canada.
    Committee members: Hao Zhang, Ghassan Hamarneh, and Torsten Moeller.
    Examiners: Mirza Beg (internal) and Karan Singh (external) from University of Toronto.

M. Sc. students supervised

  1. Jaime Vargas, B.Sc., Mexico Post Secondary, Mexicoi; M. Sc., December 2016.
    M. Sc. Thesis: Towards Learning of a Joint Geometry-Structure Manifold for Shape Exploration.
    Committee: Hui Huang and Oliver van Kaick (examiner).

  2. Warunika Ranaweera, B. Sc., University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; M. Sc., December 2016.
    Best Paper Award at International Conference on CAD/GRAPHICS, 2017.
    M. Sc. Thesis: ExquiMo: An Exquisite Corpse Tool for Co-Creative 3D Shape Modeling.
    Committee: Daniel Cohen-Or and Parmit Chilana (examiner).
    Currently or last known at: IBM Canada.

  3. Zeinab Sadeghipour Kermani, B. Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Iran; M. Sc., June 2016.
    M. Sc. Thesis: Learning 3D Scene Synthesis from RGB-D Images.
    Committee: Ping Tan and Zicheng Liao (examiner).
    Currently: Sensor Software Engineer at LMI Technologies. Previously, R&D Scientist at MetaOptima Inc.

  4. Shuyang Sun, B. Sc., Zhejiang University, China; M. Sc., June 2015.
    M. Sc. Thesis: Structural Co-Consolidation of Shape Collections.

  5. Sushant Joshi, B. Sc., Banaras Hindu University, India; M. Sc., November 2014.
    M. Sc. Thesis: A Non-Local Approach to Tree Peak Detection in LIDAR Data
    Currently or last known at: software developer at Conavi Technologies, Toronto, Canada.

  6. Anna Mewhort, B. Sc., Thompson River University, Canada; M. Sc., September 2013.
    M. Sc. Thesis: Active Learning for Semantic Labeling of Airborne LiDAR Datai (Distinction: "Defense and thesis passed as is").
    Currently or last known as: software engineer at MDA.

  7. Yuan (Karen) Liu, B. Sc., Beijing University of Tech., China; M. Sc., 2013.
    M. Sc. Thesis: Explicit Memory Management for Mesh Traversal.
    Currently or last known as: software engineer at SAP Canada.

  8. Xiaoming (Amy) Li, B. Sc., Simon Fraser University, Canada; M. Sc., 2013.
    M.Sc. Thesis: A Comparative Study of Spectral Embedding Methods.

  9. Nima Aghdaii, B. Sc., University of Tehran, Iran; M. Sc., 2012.
    M. Sc. Thesis: 5-6-7 Meshes.
    Currently or last known: software engineer at Snap Chat.

  10. Ibraheem Alhashim, B. Sc., Portland State University, USA; M. Sc., 2011.
    M. Sc. thesis: Detail-replicating shape stretching (demo video | code).

  11. Joe Kahlert, B. Sc., UBC; M. Sc., 2009.
    M. Sc. thesis: Tiling surfaces using straight strips.
    Currently or last known as: software engineer at ObjectRaku.

  12. Jeff (Jun) Yu, M. Sc., 2008.
    M. Sc. project: A Prototype Sketch-Based Architecture Modelling System with Traditional Design Habits.
    Last known at Electronic Arts.

  13. John Y. S. Li, B. Sc., Simon Fraser University, Canada; M. Sc., 2006.
    M. Sc. thesis: Nonobtuse Meshes with Guaranteed Angle Bounds.
    Last known at Slant Six Games, Vancouver, Canada.

  14. Ginger (Xiaoxing) Li, B. Sc., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China; M. Sc., 2006.
    Award of Excellence (Technology) from MITACS internship program, 2007, Brightside Technologies Inc..
    MSc. thesis: Towards Expression-Invariant Face Recognition using Multiple Adaptive Attributes.
    Now Image Algorithm Engineer at Apple Inc., CA, USA; previously, research scientist at GE Global Research, NY.

  15. Andrew Clements, B. Sc., Guelph University, Canada; M. Sc., 2006.
    M. Sc. thesis: Minimum ratio contours for meshes.
    Last known at Action Pants Inc., Vancouver, Canada.

  16. Varun Jain, M. Sc., 2006.
    M. Sc. thesis: Robust correspondence and retrieval of articulated shapes.
    Now at Google Inc., Waterloo, Canada (was at Google Labs in India and D-Wave Systems Inc.)

Visiting Ph.D. and other research associates supervised (partial list)

  1. Manyi Li, Visiting Ph.D. from Shandong University, China
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship, September, 2017 - September, 2018.

  2. Zili Yi, Visiting Ph.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
    September, 2016 - August, 2018.

  3. Manas Bhargava, Summer Research Student,
    MITACS Global Research Award, May-July, 2018.

  4. Shuhua Li, visiting Ph.D. from Dalian University of Technology, China.
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship.
    September, 2015 - October, 2017.

  5. Junjie Cao, visiting professor, Dalian University of Technology, December 2014 - December 2015.

  6. Lili Wan, visiting professor, Beijing Jiaotong University, September 2014 - September 2015.

  7. Ruizhen Hu, visiting Ph.D. from Zhejiang University, China.
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship.
    September, 2012 - October, 2014.
    Now assistant professor at the Visual Computing Center, Shenzhen University, China.

  8. Joe Kahlert, M. Sc., SFU, 2009.
    Research lead in NSERC CRD project on LIDAR data processing with industrial partner Object Raku, 2011-2012.
    Now software engineer at Object Raku.

  9. Hui Wang, visiting Ph.D. from Dalian University of Tech., China.
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship.
    September, 2011 - August, 2012.
    Now assistant professor at STDU, China.

  10. Yanzhen (Eric) Wang, visiting Ph.D. from National Univ. of Defence Tech., China.
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship.
    October, 2009 - September 2010; June 2011 - October 2011.
    Now assistant professor at National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China.

  11. Kevin (Kai) Xu, visiting Ph.D. from National Univ. of Defence Tech. (NUDT), China.
    China Scholarship Council Scholarship.
    November, 2008 - October, 2010.
    Best Ph.D. Thesis Award of NUDT.
    Now assistant professor at National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China.

  12. Shy Shalom, visiting Ph.D. from Department of Computer Science, Bar Ilan University, Israel, September 1, 2008 - January 2, 2009.