Tom Malzbender, Board Member

Tom Malzbender

Tom is a research scientist working in computer vision, imaging, and 3D graphics. While at Hewett-Packard Laboratories, Tom developed the techniques of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM), which are now extensively used for seeing detail on the surface of archaeological artifacts, as well as seeing applications in forensics and paleontology. His work imaging the Antikythera Mechanism has been described in Scientific American, The Economist, and in the NOVA TV series, and led to the deciphering of this ancient astronomical computer.

Tom also developed the technique of Fourier Volume Rendering, as well as the capacitive sensing technology leading to HP’s entry into the Graphics Tablet market. Tom has done work in photorealistic avatars for teleconferencing, 3D model reconstruction from multiple handheld images, texture synthesis, and other methods.

Tom recently was industry chair for ICME 2013, and has been involved in organizing and running over a dozen conferences in the fields of computer graphics, vision, and scientific visualization. He is an avid rock climber, holding several first ascents in Yosemite and the Sierra. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Tom has been collaborating with Cultural Heritage Imaging since 2002, during which time he advised on several projects and co-authored several papers with CHI. He continues to be driven by advancing image-based relighting technology and its practical application to archaeology, museum sciences, oceanography, and other fields.