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WonSook LEE

  School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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WonSook LEE is a Full Professor at EECS, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada. She majored Mathematics for her BSc and MSc at the Pohang Univeresity of Science and Technology in South Korea (one semester in the Birmingham University in UK) and then switched to Computer  Science when she spent two years in the Institute of Systems Science in the National University of Singapore. She was involved in CieMed group, which is basically medical imaging research in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. Then she moved to Geneva, Swizterland to do her PhD in MIRALab at the University of Geneva where her topic became Computer Graphics  focusing on Virtual Human Modeling for Animation. After that, she has worked on computer modeling and animation, face recognition, haptic, computer games, medical imaging and application and etc. Through the years in the University of Ottawa, she has awarded several research grants such as NSERC DISCOVERY, NSERC RTI, CFI, ORF, ORNEC, CIHR/NSERC CHRP, NSERC Engage, SME4SME, NCE GRAND and Global Frontier R&D program by the National Research Foundation of Korea. Most of grants, she is the Principal Investigator. Before coming to Canada, she also worked in several industries such as Korea Telecom and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea and Eyematic Interfaces, Inc in U.S.A.

Working experience:

  • 1993 - 1994 : Computer Science Researcher in software lab, Korea Telecom Research Center, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1991 - 1993 : Teaching Assistant in POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea.


  • August., 2000: Ph.D.
in Multimodal interfaces : the new human-machine partnership, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne
in Dept. of Mathematics, Pohang University of Science and Technilogy (POSTECH), Korea. Thesis is titled on "Bifurcation and Chaotic Attractors in an Economic Map" supervised by Prof. Tim Poston and Prof. Kim, Seunghwan.
  • Feb. 1991: Bachelor of Science
in Dept. of Mathematics, POSTECH, Korea

Academic Honors:

  • 1994–1996                 
    • NUS General Scholarship
  • 1992                           
    • POSTECH Excellent Graduate Student Scholarship (selected as the best in the Dept. of the year)
  • 1989 (2nd Semester)  
    • POSTECH International Exchange Student Scholarship (funded by donations from the B.H.O. and Harmersley Iron and Steel Co. of Australia) – selected to spend one semester in School of Mathematics & Statistics, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K., fully supported by POSTECH
  • 1987–1990                 
    • POSTECH General Scholarship

Professional activities:

  • NSERC Strategic Project Pre-Selection committee - ACMI-A panel, 2013
  • NSERC Strategic Project Selection committee - ACMI-A panel, 2009-2012 (4 years)
  • Keynote speech : Computer Graphics International 2012, Bournemouth, UK, June, 2012
  • International conference/workshop Program Committee
  • GRAND 2013 (Posters/Demos Chair)
  • Computer Graphics International 2011 (Program Co-Chair)
  • Graphics Interface 2010 (Posters Chair)
  • IEEE Virtual Reality 2009-2013
  • ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2008 - 2013
  • The Workshop on 3D Physiological Human 2009
  • Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA) 2004- 2013
  • Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP) 2007- 2011
  • Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2008-2013
  • IEEE International Workshop on HAVE 2004-2005, 2007- 2010, 2013
  • FuturePlay 2006, 2007
  • IASTED-HCI 2007
  • Editorial Review Board
    • Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, Wiley, ISSN: 1546-4261
    • International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics, ISSN: 1947-3117
    • Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, ISSN: 2288-4300 (Print), ISSN: 2288-5048 (Online)
    • Journal of the Korea Computer Graphics Society,ISSN : 1975-7883
  • Reviewer for conferences : All the conferences with duty as PC member and Eurographics 2004, PG 2006, The Workshop on 3D Physiological Human 2008.

  • Reviewer for journals : Visual Computer, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics,   IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Computer Graphics Forum, Real-Time Imaging, Pattern Recognition, IEEE TVCG, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement
  • Reviewer for projects : Canada, Austria

Projects involved (1996-2003):

  • in Human Vision TG, Samsung A.I.T., South Korea:
    • Video surveillance
    • Multi-view face recognition/descriptor (MEPG-7 Korean delegate) : using descriptor optimization, image-based feature extraction (PCA/LDA and image processing filters) and/or 3D morphing technology
  • in Eyematic Interfaces, Inc., USA:    
    • FaceStation: Real-time markerless Facial Tracking for 3D avatar animation software
    • Xpression: 3D character creation and animation for web-pages
  • in MIRALab, Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland:    
    • Swiss projects: FNRS, CO-ME (medical project for biomechanical diagnosis for human articulation)

    • European projects: eRENA (deliverable)(population generation), VPARK (distributed virtual environments), eTailor (clothes on the web), SONG (virtual worlds, multi-user platforms and intelligent agents), Crosses (population generation), TREMOR (medical training project with virtual therapist - main coordinator for MIRALab).
      • Developed an adaptive mesh method, which converts any human body shape mesh to an avatar based on an international standard (H-Anim 1.1 format). This method immediately animates a laser-scanned human body in 3D Studio Max, with animation parameters produced by the system.
      • Created body-morphing system to enable hybrid virtual avatars. 
      • Coordinator for the CO-ME* Swiss medical project for human articulation diagnosis.  (Collaboration with EPFL and University Hospital of Geneve, *CO-ME: The National Centre for Competence in Research Computer Aided and Image Guided Medical Interventions
      • Supported several European projects in University of Geneva.
      • 3D reconstruction of animatable body from three photographs.
      • 3D face morphing of animatable face in real time.
      • Adaptive mesh methods to create animation on 3D-scanned face.
      • 3D reconstruction of animatable faces from two photographs.
      • Coordinator of the TREMOR EU medical training project, concerning a Virtual Therapist that demonstrates the giving of tests previously defined by Clinical partners, and guides a patient for correct performance.
      • Participated in several Swiss and European projects (contributed to proposals and deliverables, attending international meetings) and international public demonstrations.

Public demonstrations participated:

  • Participated the final demonstration for Korean national Research project ‘HCI’, 2002, Dec. (SAIT, KR)
  • Invited for participation (& supported) by third party
    • ORBIT'98 in Basel (CH)
    • CEBIT'99 in Hannover (DE)
    • SMAU'99 in Milan (IT)
    • TELECOM'99 in Geneva (CH)
    • Computer-expo 2000 at Lausanne (CH)
    • Bilan (2000, 29–30 May) at Geneva and Zurich (CH)
    • Interactive show, “The Utopians”, (June 2001) at Casino Hilton Geneva (CH)
  • Participated inside festival program in university or conference
    • Uni-Mail Fete'99 in Geneva (CH)
    • CA2000 (June 21–23) Geneva
  • Provided systems to commercial parties
    • L'Oreal booth in Millennium Dome 2000 in London (GB) (one year demonstration)
    • Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel (long-term demonstration starting from 2000)

Companies who use my methodology (body-cloning) with my approval:

WonSook Lee - Contact information
Professor WonSook LEE, Ph.D.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
University of Ottawa
800 King Edward Avenue
P.O. Box 450, Stn A
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Office: CBY A509
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2501
Fax: (613) 562-5664
Email: wslee@uottawa.ca
Web: http://www.eecs.uottawa.ca/~wslee

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