August 28, 2007
Imaging heavy hitters join Adobe
A number of rock stars from the world of image science have recently joined Adobe:
- That crazy-cool image resizing demo I mentioned last week continues to get all kinds of attention. I was therefore happy to learn that co-creator Shai Avidan joined the Adobe office in Newton, MA (just down the ‘pike from MIT) last Monday. Here’s a bit more info and Shai’s photo.
- Wojciech Matusik began work at Adobe in May. He’s done some really cool work in the emerging fields of multi-aperture photography, 3D TV, and much more. Like Shai, he works from the Newton office.
- Sylvain Paris is due to join Adobe in a couple of weeks. He’s worked on techniques for matching tones across photos ("Make my image pop like Ansel’s"), generating 3D data from 2D captures, and more. His paper on bilateral filtering was written with MIT colleagues Jiawen Chen (who interned this summer at Adobe) and Fredo Durand.
Adobe Senior Principal Scientist David Salesin, who manages this crew, notes that "If you count their SIGGRAPH papers as well, you’ll see that current Adobe employees had 11 of the 108 papers in the conference."
Now, let me inject a disclaimer: Just because a particular researcher has worked on a particular technology in his or her past life, it’s not possible to conclude that a specific feature will show up in a particular Adobe product. How’s that for non-commital? ;-) In any case, it’s just exciting that so many smart folks are joining the team (more brains to hijack!).
[Update: Cambridge, MA-based Xconomy provides additional context for this news.]