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Eyal Ofek

Senior Researcher, Natural Interaction Group, Microsoft Research

 

Bio


Eyal received his M. Sc. and Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in the areas of computer vision and computer graphics.

He founded a couple of companies in the area of computer graphics, including the design & development of the successful Photon-Paint drawing and image retouching application for the Amiga computer, and managing the software R&D at 3DV Systems LTD, developing active real-time depth cameras for motion controlled gaming, later bought by Microsoft in 2008.

He held a visiting lecture position at the school of computer science, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel.

In 2004 he joined MSR and moved to work as a Researcher and Project Lead at the Platforms and Devices Center of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). He was also an affiliated member of the Visual Computing Group of MSRA. His research interests were Computer vision, IBR and interaction.

In 2006 he joined the forming Virtual Earth, and shipped the first Street View technical preview.

He founded the Virtual Earth Research Lab, which was unique at MS, being an integral part of a product group. The team developed new technologies of which many were shipped in Virtual Earth service such as privacy, matching of user images to street images, better texture compression and more.

He is also a co-inventor of the MS touch mouse to be shipped in June 2011.

In May 2011, Eyal joined the eXtream Computing Group (XCG) of Microsoft Research. He manages a group of researchers in the are of Augemnted Reality and Graphics.

Eyal co-chaired the 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011), held during November 1-4 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

Since Apr 2014, Eyal joined the Natural Interaction Group of Microsoft Research

 

On artistic side, Eyal also has a background as a book cover illustrator and a comics strip artist.