My research and teaching are in computer graphics and vision, centered around how optics and mechanics determine the appearance of materials. I got my Ph.D. from Cornell in 1998, and held research positions at HP Laboratories, Microsoft Research, and Stanford University before I rejoined Cornell in 2002.

Recent publications

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Position-Normal Distributions for Efficient Rendering of Specular Microstructure

Ling-Qi Yan, Milos Hasan, Steve Marschner, and Ravi Ramamoorthi

Printing Arbitrary Meshes with a 5DOF Wireframe Printer

Rundong Wu, Huaishu Peng, François Guimbretiére, and Steve Marschner

On-the-Fly Print: Incremental Printing While Modeling

Huaishu Peng, Rundong Wu, Steve Marschner, and François Guimbretiére
CHI 2016

Predicting Appearance from Measured Microgeometry of Metal Surfaces

Zhao Dong, Bruce Walter Steve Marschner, and Donald P. Greenberg
ACM Transactions on Graphics 35:1 (2015)

Matching Micro-Appearance Models to Real Fabrics

Pramook Khungurn, Daniel Schroeder, Shuang Zhao, Steve Marschner, and Kavita Bala
ACM Transactions on Graphics 35:1 (2015)

Selected publications

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Manifold Exploration: A Markov Chain Monte Carlo technique for rendering scenes with difficult specular transport

Wenzel Jakob and Steve Marschner

Building Volumetric Appearance Models of Fabric using Micro CT Imaging

Shuang Zhao, Wenzel Jakob, Steve Marschner, and Kavita Bala

Simulating Knitted Cloth at the Yarn Level

Jonathan M. Kaldor, Doug L. James, and Steve Marschner

Light Scattering from Human Hair Fibers

Stephen R. Marschner, Henrik Wann Jensen, Mike Cammarano, Steve Worley, and Pat Hanrahan

A Practical Model for Subsurface Light Transport

Henrik Wann Jensen, Stephen R. Marschner, Marc Levoy, and Pat Hanrahan


2004: NSF CAREER Award

2004: Technical Achievement Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

2006: Sloan Research Fellowship

2015: SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Recent Teaching

CS6630: Realistic Image Synthesis, Fall 2015

CS5625: Interactive Computer Graphics, Spring 2015

CS4620: Introduction to Computer Graphics, Fall 2014

CS1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python, Spring 2014 & Spring 2013

CS4620: Introduction to Computer Graphics, Fall 2013


National Science Foundation

Autodesk Corporation

Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing

Professional activities

Technical Papers Chair for SIGGRAPH Asia 2015

Papers co-chair for EGSR 2008

SIGGRAPH papers committee 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002

CVPR program committee 2010, 2006, 2005, 2003

EGSR program committee 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Associate Editor, Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision