In Memory of Shigeru Muraki

Shigeru Muraki (1961-2004) was born in Kokura, Japan. He received his Dr. degree in 1993 from Nagoya University. He had worked as a research scientists at Toshiba Co. Ltd. and Electrotechnical Laboratory, and became a project leader of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 2001. He pioneered the use of wavelet transforms in volume visualization. He also led the development of a volume graphics cluster system based on the hardware image compositor he co-designed with Mishubishi Precision Co. Dr. Muraki was a visiting scholar at the State University of New York at Stony Brook during 1995-1997, and had extensive research collaboration with the University of California at Davis during 1999-2003.

Dr. Muraki was a true scholar who had dedicated his life to his work. He was always in the forefront of his research field and had affected many of us with his unique vision and boundless enthusiasm for research. His work had continuously helped define and advance the field of visualization and graphics. Those of us who knew him personally will miss his trustworthy character, his sense of humor, his incisive remarks in discussion, and his openness in sharing ideas and findings with others.

Selected Publications

A PC Cluster System for Simultaneous Interactive Volumetric Modeling and Visualization, S. Muraki, E. Lum, K.-L. Ma, M. Ogata, and X. Liu, in Proceeding of IEEE Symposium on Parallel and Large-Data Visualization and Graphics 2003, pp. 95-102.

Recent Advances in Hardware-Accelerated Volume Rendering, K.-L. Ma, E. Lum, and S. Muraki, Computer & Graphics 27(5), 2003, pp. 725-734.

ISpace: Interactive Volume Data Classification Techniques Using Independent Component Analysis, I. Takanashi, E. Lum, K.-L. Ma, and S. Muraki, in Proceedings of Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications 2002, pp. 366-374.

Next-generation Visual Supercomputing using PC Clusters with Volume Graphics Hardware Devices, S. Muraki et al., in Proceedings of Supercomputing 2001 Conference.

An Attempt for Coloring Multichannel MR Imaging Data, S. Muraki, T. Nakai, Y. Kita, and K. Tsuda, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 7(3): 265-274 (2001)

Basic Research for Coloring Multichannel MRI Data, S. Muraki, T. Nakai, Y. Kita, in Proceedings of IEEE Visualization 2000 Conference.

Visual Simulation of Nerve Excitement Propagation using 3D Cellular Automata, K. Shimokawa, S. Muraki, in Proceedings of the 6th IFIP International Workshop on Cellular Automata, 2000.

Virtual Voyage: Interactive Navigation in the Human Colon, L. Hong, S. Muraki, A. Kaufman, D. Bartz, T. He, in Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 1997 Conference, pp. 27-34.

Multiscale Volume Representation by a DoG Wavelet, S. Muraki, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 1(2): 109-116 (1995).

Multiscale 3D Edge Representation of Volume Data by a DoG Wavelet, S. Muraki, in Proceedings of ACM Workshop on Volume Visualization 1994, pp.35-42, 1994

Volume Data and Wavelet Transforms, S. Muraki, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 13(4), pp. 50-56 (1993).

Volumetric Shape Description of Range Data using "Blobby Model", S. Muraki, Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 1991 Conference, pp. 227-235.