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PSU computer scientist with 3-D expertise wins Intel’s early-career faculty award
Author: Suzanne Pardington
Posted: September 5, 2012

(Portland, OR) — The next big advance in cell phones, computer games and graphics could be stereoscopic 3-D, but there’s a major obstacle: The images give some people eyestrain, headaches and sometimes a little nausea and dizziness.

Feng Liu, an assistant professor in Computer Science at Portland State University, is working on ways to prevent discomfort while using 3-D on everyday technology, a significant step that would make 3-D more widespread.

Intel has recognized Liu’s promising research by naming him to the new Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program. The program gives $40,000 and Intel support to 20 faculty members who show great promise as academic leaders in groundbreaking computer technologies. The winners this year are from 11 U.S. and nine European universities, including UC Berkeley, MIT and Cornell.

“This whole area is going to be a significant game-changer; it means the display on the phone you have might look totally different in five years,” said Warren Harrison, chairman of the Computer Science Department. “This award means that PSU’s visibility is continuing to increase globally.”

Big movie studios can make the 3-D viewing experience more comfortable with a lot of effort and technology; now Liu is developing software and a prototype camera to make it easier for amateurs to produce 3-D videos and post them on YouTube. The Intel award will give him the chance to collaborate with Intel researchers on his work.

“We are trying to deliver a pleasant instead of painful viewing experience,” said Liu. “Someday it might be possible for people to view stereoscopic 3-D created by everyday users as comfortably as we view 2-D.”

Liu founded the Computer Graphics and Vision Lab in 2010, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His team develops technologies to support the production of high-quality images and videos, including next-generation stereoscopic 3-D imaging.  His research demo on video stabilization was selected as one of the Top Videos of 2009 by the New Scientist magazine, and his research has been incorporated into the Adobe product, “Warp Stabilizer.”

About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.