Holly Rushmeier

John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science
Room / Office: Watson 508
Office Address:
51 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208285
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-4091
Email: holly.rushmeier@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.S., Cornell University
  • B.S., Cornell University


Holly Rushmeier received the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1977, 1986 and 1988 respectively. Between receiving the BS and returning to graduate school in 1983 she worked as an engineer at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company and at Washington Natural Gas Company (now a part of Puget Sound Energy). In 1988 she joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech. While there she conducted sponsored research in the area of computer graphics image synthesis and taught classes heat transfer and numerical methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the end of 1991 Dr. Rushmeier joined the computing and mathematics staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, focusing on scientific data visualization.

From 1996 to early 2004 Dr. Rushmeier was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. At IBM she worked on a variety of data visualization problems in applications ranging from engineering to finance. She also worked in the area of acquisition of data required for generating realistic computer graphics models, including a project to create a digital model of Michelangelo's Florence Pieta, and the development of a scanning system to capture shape and appearance data for presenting Egyptian cultural artifacts on the World Wide Web.

Dr. Rushmeier was Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 1996-99. She has also served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. She is currently on the editorial boards of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and Computer Graphics Forum. In 1996 she served as the papers chair for the ACM SIGGRAPH conference, in 1998 as the papers co-chair for the IEEE Visualization conference and in 2000 as the papers co-chair for the Eurographics Rendering Workshop. She has also served in numerous program committees including multiple years on the committees for SIGGRAPH, IEEE Visualization, Eurographics, Eurographics Rendering Workshop, and Graphics Interface.

Dr. Rushmeier has lectured at many meetings and academic institutions, including three invited keynote presentations at international meetings (Eurographics Rendering Workshop 94, 3DIM 01 , Eurographics Conference 2001.) She has spoken at and/or organized many tutorials and panels at the SIGGRAPH and IEEE Visualization conferences.

Selected Publications:

  • F. Bernardini, I. Martin, J. Mittleman, H. Rushmeier, G. Taubin. "Building a Digital Model of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta'." IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, Jan. 2002, pp. 59-67.
  • F. Bernardini and H. Rushmeier. "The 3D Model Acquisition Pipeline." Computer Graphics Forum, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2002, pp. 149-172.
  • G. Larson, H. Rushmeier and C. Piatko, "A Visibility Matching Tone Reproduction Operator for High Dynamic Range Scenes," , IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, October-December 1997, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 291-306.
  • S. E. Chen, H. Rushmeier, G. Miller and D. Turner. "A Progressive Multipass Method for Global Illumination." Computer Graphics (Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference) 25(4) (July 1991) 165-174.
  • H. Rushmeier and K. Torrance. "The Zonal Method for Calculating Light Intensities in the Presence of a Participating Medium." Computer Graphics (Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference) 21(5) (July 1987) 293-302.