Stephen Marschner

Computer Science


My research and teaching are in computer graphics and vision, centered around how optics and mechanics determine the appearance of materials. I got my Ph.D. from Cornell in 1998, and held research positions at HP Laboratories, Microsoft Research, and Stanford University before I rejoined Cornell in 2002.

Research Interests

Computer Graphics and Vision: realistic rendering, material models (optical and mechanical), appearance capture, simulation, and computational photography.

Teaching Interests

Computer graphics, introductory computing

Selected Publications

  • Rundong Wu, Huaishu Peng, François Guimbretiére, and Steve Marschner. 2016. “Printing Arbitrary Meshes with a 5DOF Wireframe Printer”  In Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2016
  • Wenzel Jakob and Steve Marschner. 2015 “Geometric Tools for Exploring Manifolds of Light Transport Paths” Research Highlight in Communications of the ACM 58:11 November 2015
  • Kaldor, J. M., Douglas L. James, Stephen Robert Marschner.  2008. “Simulating knitted cloth at the yarn level.”  ACM Transactions on Graphics 27 (3).
  • Marschner, Stephen Robert, H. W. Jensen, M. Cammarano, S. Worley, P. Hanrahan.  2003. “Light scattering from human hair fibers.”ACM Transactions on Graphics 22 (3): 780-791.
  • Zhao, Shuang, Wenzel Jakob, Stephen Robert Marschner, Kavita Bala.  2011.  “Building Volumetric Appearance Models of Fabric using Micro CT Imaging.”  Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2011,  July (3rd Quarter/Summer).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Sloan Research Fellowship (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) 2006
  • CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2004
  • Technical Achievement Award (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) 2003
  • SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award 2015
  • Research Highlight (CACM) 2011


  • Cornell University 1998