Dr.-Ing. Oskar Elek ...making the world more interesting one fun question at a time

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→ Who: I am a computational researcher at University of California in Santa Cruz, in the Creative Coding Lab led by Angus Forbes. My specialization is visual computing, a fascinating multi-disciplinary subdomain of computer science. Visual computing builds on physics and mathematics, and pertains to many different areas including human perception and interfaces, color science, computational fabrication, art, and others.

→ What: My science revolves around the question How can we visually reason about reality? Most of the time, my main tools are physical intuition and computer models. On the path towards answering (and formulating) that question I've explored physically-based rendering, optically active media, Monte Carlo methods, efficient sampling, color science, computational 3D printing, and most recently, machine intelligence and nature-inspired computing. Check out what I've been up to in recent years.

→ Why: I look for opportunities to wonder and wander. Curiosity compels me to seeking connections between and outside scientific disciplines -- somewhere between physics and philosophy. I'm passionate about visual arts: photography, film, videogames, drawing, and just about anything that relates to fractals (even beyond their visual manifestation). I love the outdoors and look for inspiration in nature. I enjoy questions (asking and answering), socializing, travelling and sports (mainly biking but many others). I am predominantly chaotic, a friend to genuine people of any race and gender, and an enemy to hypocrisy, willful ignorance, and toxic egoism.

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Current appointment: Post-doctoral researcher at Creative Coding Lab, UC Santa Cruz
Previous appointment: Early-stage researcher at Charles University Prague and Marie Sklodovska-Curie Fellow within DISTRO ITN
Education: Bc/MSc at Charles University Prague, PhD at Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University, Saarbruecken

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Creative Coding Lab
Computational Media Dept.
UC Santa Cruz
Engineering 2, Room 258, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California, USA

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