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About myself

I am an associate professor at the School of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I am also a member of the Graphics, Imaging, and Games Lab.

I completed my PhD in computing science at Simon Fraser University, Canada, and was a postdoc at Simon Fraser University and Tel Aviv University, Israel, the latter as an Azrieli fellow. Before my PhD, I got a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.

Research interests

I am interested in computer graphics and, more specifically, in the analysis, creation, and manipulation of shapes, especially 3D objects. The problems that I work on are part of areas commonly called geometric modeling and processing and shape analysis. In my work, I have focused on solutions to problems such as shape segmentation (decomposing a shape into meaningful parts), shape correspondence (computing a mapping between portions of two or more shapes), and shape similarity estimation (quantifying how similar shapes are). In general, I am interested in the use of analysis techniques for learning about the essence of shapes, including their geometry, topology, structure, part composition, relations between parts, and functionality. These analysis techniques are precursors to applications such as shape synthesis, editing and understanding, which are of interest in diverse areas, including 3D content creation, computer animation, game development, and medical imaging. The methods developed to perform such analysis often involve a combination of geometric data analysis, optimization, and machine learning.

Prospective students

I am looking for talented students to join my group. If you are interested in working with me, please read this page before contacting me.

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E-mail: Oliver.vanKaick at carleton dot ca
Phone: +1 (613) 520-2600 Ext. 4355
Mailing address:
School of Computer Science
Carleton University
5302 Herzberg Building,
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6, Canada