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Alexei Sourin
Associate Professor
School of Computer Science and Engineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Alexei Sourin is Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University. He came to Singapore 25 years ago. His teaching and research is in computer graphics, virtual reality and new user-computer interfaces. Dr. Sourin published over 240 referred research papers and was invited to give talks to many scientific events. Dr. Sourin is also one of the pioneers of electronic education in Singapore. His book “Computer graphics. From a Small Formula to Cyberworlds” is adopted for teaching by several universities in South-East Asia.  He is a recipient of many research awards. From 2012 to 2018, he was a Chair of the IFIP WG5.10 Computer Graphics and Virtual Worlds. Dr. Sourin is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM SIGGRAPH. He is an associate editorof several international journals including The Visual Computer (Springer) and Transactions on Computational Science (Springer). He was on the program committees of over 120 international conferences. He is a coordinator of the International Conferences on Cyberworlds for which he was also General and Program Chair in many years.

Research Statement

My research interests are in function-based shape modeling, shared virtual environments, haptic interaction, 3D web visualization, virtual surgery, scientific visualization, and cyber-learning. I am a co-founder of the function representation (FRep) concept which I further developed and applied in several shape modeling, interactive free-form shape modeling, medical visualization and virtual surgery training projects. I have also proposed and developed, together with my students, a function-based web-visualization technique where analytical formulas are used for defining geometry, appearance and physical properties of the objects in shared virtual scenes. I am currently investigating new way of user-computer interaction including sonification and hand tracking.

Research One-liner

Visual immersive mathematics

Latest Projects
  • Principal Investigator, NRF-Delta Corp: Virtual Factory Process Monitor Platform,
    SGD1,061,000.00, 3 years, 01/2017-12/2019.
  • Principal Investigator, MOE Tier 1 grant: 2015-T1-001-001: “Haptic Interaction with Images and Videos”. SGD100,000, 1 year, 2015-2016.
  • Principal Investigator, MOE Tier 2 grant MOE2011-T2-1-006: “Collaborative Haptic Modelling for Orthopaedic Surgery Training in Cyberspace”, SGD707,652, 3.5 years, 2011-2015.
  • Principal Investigator, NRF-MDA grant NRF2008IDM-IDM004-002: “Visual and Haptic Rendering in Co-Space”, SGD1,248,000 4 years, 2008-2012
Advice to young researchers

Always deliver.

Other affiliation(s)

Expert Areas
Computer graphics, Human computer interaction, Virtual reality

Research Interests
Computer graphics, Human computer interaction, Virtual reality

Research Category
Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Computer Science and Engineering, Interactive Digital Media
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
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Last Updated
08 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020