Ming C. Lin

John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor

254 Brooks Building
919-590-6074 (phone)
919-590-6105 (fax)
lin (at) cs.unc.edu

(72) Ph.D. 1993, California-Berkeley. Physically based and geometric modeling; applied computational geometry; robotics; distributed interactive simulation; virtual environments; algorithm analysis; many-core computing.


Ming C. Lin received her B.S., M.S., Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1988, 1991, 1993 respectively from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently the John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the NSF Young Faculty Career Award in 1995, Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award in 1999, UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements in 2002, Beverly W. Long Distinguished Term Professor 2007-2010, Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholar in 2008, Carolina’s WOWS Scholar 2009-2011, IEEE VGTC VR Technical Achievement Award 2010, and 8 best paper awards. She is also a 2011 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a 2012 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Her research interests include computer graphics, robotics, and human-computer interaction, with focuses on physically-based modeling, haptics, algorithmic robotics, virtual environments, interactive techniques, geometric computing, and distributed interactive simulation. She has (co-)authored more than 220 refereed scientific publications, co-edited/authored four books, including “Applied Computation Geometry” by Springer-Verlag, “High-Fidelity Haptic Rendering” by Morgan-Claypool, “Haptic Rendering: Foundations, Algorithms and Applications” by A.K. Peters, and “Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics” by Springer-Verlag.

She has served as a program committee member for over 100 leading conferences on virtual reality, computer graphics, robotics, haptics and computational geometry. She also has co-chaired over 20 international conferences and workshops, including the ACM Workshop on Applied Computational Geometry 1996, ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications 1999, Workshop on Intelligent Human Augementation and Virtual Environments 2002, ACM SIGGRAPH / EG Symposium on Computer Animation 2003, ACM Workshop on General Purpose Computing on Graphics Processors 2004, Eurographics 2005 Course/Tutorial Program, Computer Animation and Social Agents 2005, Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments 2006, Workshop on Edge Computing Using New Commodity Architectures 2006, IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2007, ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 2007, IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2008, Eurographics Workshop on Natural Phenomena 2009, International Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics 2010, ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 2010, and Pacific Graphics 2011.

She is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). She has served as an associate editor and guest editor of several journals and magazines, including IEEE TVCG, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, the Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, Computers & Graphics, the International Journal on Computational Geometry and Applications, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Conference Editorial Board, World Haptics Conference Editorial Board, the International Journal on Virtual Reality, and ACM Computing Reviews.

She also has served on the Steering/Executive Committees of IEEE Virtual Reality Conference (Chair) and of ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, Executive Committee of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics, Paper Advisory Board of Eurographics 2009, Best Paper Award Committee of IEEE Visualization Conference, Advisory Board of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and Computer Soceity Technical Committee on Haptics, Conference Board of IEEE Haptic Symposium, the Software Technical Advisory Board of AGEIA Inc, NSF Information Technology Research (ITR) Committee of Visitors, and several other technical advisory committees for the Army and the Department of Defense.