David Laidlaw is interested in visualization and modeling applications of computer graphics and computer science to other scientific disciplines. He is working with researchers in, for example, archaeology, developmental neurobiology, medical imaging, orthopaedics, art, cognitive science, remote sensing, and fluid mechanics to develop new computational applications and to understand their strengths and weaknesses.
Professor Laidlaw became interested in application-directed graphics research as an undergraduate in computer science at Brown; there is something he finds immediately gratifying about creating pictures, particularly when they are related to a real-world application. Science offers endless questions that may eventually be understood through visualization and computational modeling. After receiving his master's degree in computer science, also at Brown, he worked for three years in industry, where he was one of the developers of the visualization software system AVS. He then returned to academia to get a PhD in computer science at Caltech, where he subsequently spent two years as a postdoc in the biology division.
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