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Dinesh Manocha is currently a Phi Delta Theta/Mason Distinguished Professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1987; M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He received Alfred and Chella D. Moore fellowship and IBM graduate fellowship in 1988 and 1991, respectively, and a Junior Faculty Award in 1992. He was selected an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, received NSF Career Award in 1995 and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1996, Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, and Hettleman Prize for scholarly achievement at UNC Chapel Hill in 1998. He has also received more than 10 best paper and panel awards at the ACM SuperComputing, ACM Multimedia, ACM Solid Modeling, Pacific Graphics, IEEE VR, IEEE Visualization, ACM SIGMOD, ACM VRST, CAD, I/ITSEC and Eurographics Conferences.
His research interests include geometric and solid modeling, interactive computer graphics, physically-based modeling, virtual environments, robotics and scientific computation. He has published more than 250 papers in these areas. His research has been sponsored by AMD/ATI, ARO, DARPA, Disney, DOE, Honda, Intel, Microsoft, NSF, NVIDIA, ONR, RDECOM and Sloan Foundation. He has served as a program committee member or program co-chair for more than 50 leading conferences in these areas and on the editorial board of many journals.
The research funded by NVIDIA is related to our work on "interactive ray tracing". The WWW site for that project is described at: http://gamma.cs.unc.edu/RT/