Faculty hired for Surrey

Jun 13, 2002, vol. 24, no. 4
By Terry Lavender

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Thirty-five faculty members have been hired to teach at Simon Fraser University's new Surrey campus, slated to open in the fall.

Faculty hired include a leading researcher in three dimensional visualization of molecules and an acclaimed facial animation expert.
The new faculty members will be teaching 400 students in two undergraduate programs - interactive arts and information technology, as well as about 30 graduate students.

Among the faculty members at the new Surrey campus are:

• Steve DiPaula, a facial animation expert and former Stanford University professor and creative director with Saatchi and Saatchi Interactive. DiPaula's animation work has been incorporated into the popular The Sims simulation produced by Electronic Arts.

• Kay Wiese (above), whose research into three dimensional visualization of molecules is attracting interest from around the world. Weise is also interested in research into artificial intelligence and bioinformatics.

• Susan Kozel, an acclaimed performance artist, dancer and lecturer, originally from the United Kingdom.

• Artificial intelligence researcher Toby Donaldson, who is applying game theory research to online auctions.

• Thecla Schiphorst, an interactive arts professor who is developing wearable computing fabrics.

Martin Laba, the acting program director of Simon Fraser University Surrey, says preparations are going well for the fall term.

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