Research Profile: Falko Kuester
Prof. Falko Kuester
Director, Calit2 Center of GRAVITY (Graphics, Visualization and Imaging Technology)
Calit2 Professor for Visualzation and Virtual Reality
Associate Professor, Department of Structural Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0445
San Diego, California, La Jolla, CA 92093-0445
Dr. Kuester received a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 and MS degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2001 he received his PhD from the University of California, Davis and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine and the director of the Calit2 Center of GRAVITY (Graphics, Visualization and Imaging Technology).
Dr. Kuester's research interests include tera-scale scientific visualization and virtual reality, image-based modeling and rendering, as well as distributed and remote visualization. His research efforts are aimed at creating intuitive, high-resolution virtual environments, providing engineers and scientists with a means to intuitively explore and analyze massive and complex three-dimensional data. In support of this work, he is currently developing real-time out-of-core visualization strategies that render massive data sets directly from external storage while requiring only small amounts of computer memory. Dr. Kuester has been active in virtual reality research for over a decade and the stringent VR requirements have served as important performance criteria for his large-scale distributed data analysis and visualization projects. He is also active in research and development of digitally enabled workspaces that support distributed, collaborative and pervasive office of the future and classroom of the future environments. Application areas of his research include simulation based design, rapid prototyping, computational fluid dynamics, earthquake engineering, biomedical engineering and command and control.