Neil Dodgson

Professor School of Engineering and Computer Science

Teaching in 2017

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Research Interests

  • 3DTV — especially the design of displays that do not need special glasses;
  • 3D modelling — especially 3D surface representations used in CAD and computer animation, including NURBS and subdivision surfaces;
  • design and art — especially the analysis of abstract art and the design of tools for computer artists.

Research Publications

A complete list of publications, with downloadable copies, can be found at Neil Dodgson's publication page.

Biography

Neil Dodgson was, for twenty years, head of the Graphics & Interaction Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. In 2016, he returned to New Zealand to be Programme Director of Victoria's Computer Graphics Programme and to bring skills that complemented the already strong computer graphics research group in Victoria's School of Engineering & Computer Science.

Professor Dodgson grew up in Taihape, in the rural central North Island, attending what was then the second-smallest secondary school in New Zealand. His first degree was in Computer Science and Physics, from Massey University in Palmerston North, where he studied under Prof. Paul Callaghan. In 1989 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge. Originally planning to be in Cambridge for 3 years, he went on instead to a semi-industrial post-doctoral position helping to design and develop a novel 3D TV, becoming one of the world's experts in the various ways that 3D TV can be built. In 1995 he was appointed to a lectureship at Cambridge. His research expanded over the years to include ways to model three-dimensional shape and then to considerations of the intersection of art, design, computing, and psycho-physics. Over his 20 years at Cambridge he, at various times, managed teaching, research, finance, and administration for the Faculty of Computer Science & Technology. He taught Cambridge's computer graphics courses and, more recently, the highly regarded Research Skills course on the Cambridge Masters in Advanced Computer Science.