CGI Keynote 3 – Wednesday, July 3

Dr. Ping Li – Assistant Professor with the Department of Computing and an Assistant Professor with the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Title: Exploration of Creative Media, Art and Design in Metaverse

Abstract: Art and design synthesis as an expressive way for producing user-desired appearances has received much attention in creative media and metaverse research. In interactive design, it would be very powerful to render the specially stylized presentation of interested objects virtually using artificial-intelligence-aided design tools for artistic effects rendering and synthesis. However, existing special effects and artistic synthesis methods focus directly on artistic modelling in the fields of color space and rarely consider the artistic nature and rich detailed structure design of the input visual media, which unavoidably leads to the loss of key information for understanding. In this talk, we will consider perceptual computational art and media synthesis, focusing on the efficient generation, perception, rendering of creative media and art, and their exploration in the metaverse. In the future, we will further extend the artistic rending and synthesis to more complicated 2D/3D video applications with large motion and occluded scene. We will also work on special design effects synthesis by the inspiration of latest real-time 2D/3D vision and graphics learning techniques.

Bio: Ping Li received the Ph.D. degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computing and an Assistant Professor with the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has published over 200 top-tier graphics and creative media papers (60 IEEE Transactions papers), including TPAMI, TVCG, TIP, TNNLS, TMI, TMM, TCSVT, TCYB, TBME, TSMC, TII, AAAI, CVPR, ICCV, NeurIPS, Nature Metabolism, pioneered several new research directions, and made a series of landmark contributions in his areas. He has an excellent research project reported by the ACM TechNews, which only reports the top breakthrough news in computer science worldwide. Besides, he has won National Distinguished Young Expert, many Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards, and has served as Chair/Co-Chair of many international conferences, as Honorary Distinguished Scientist, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, as Expert for National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan. More importantly, however, many of his research outcomes have strong impacts to research fields, addressing societal needs and contributed tremendously to the people concerned. His current research interests include image/video stylization, colorization, artistic rendering and synthesis, computational art, and creative media.