Wojciech Matusik, associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, has been selected to receive the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, an award that seeks to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA's program development process.
The long term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.
Matusik's research interests are in direct digtial manufacturing
and computer graphics, particularly in modeling and physical reproduction of materials, computational photography, and novel display systems. In 2004, he was named one of the world's top 100 young innovators by MIT's Technology Review Magazine. In 2009, he received the Significant New Researcher Award from ACM Siggraph and in 2012 he was named a Sloan Research Fellow.
Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich. He studied computer graphics at MIT and received his PhD in 2003. He also received a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and MS in EECS from MIT in 2001.