CS Professor Doug James and his just-defended Ph.D. student Jernej Barbic (CMU) received the best paper award at the 2007 ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation for their paper on "Time-critical distributed contact for 6-DoF haptic rendering of adaptively sampled reduced deformable models."

http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~djames/research/