Senior Research Scientist

Wanchun Ma

Wan-Chun Alex Ma is a senior research scientist at ByteDance. Prior to ByteDance he was affiliated with Google, Activision Blizzard, ETH Zurich, Weta Digital, and USC Institute for Creative Technologies. During his Google tenure as a senior software engineer, he led the research and development for AR lighting estimation to promote realism for augmented reality. He was also a research scientist at both Weta Digital and Activision Blizzard where his work on facial performance capture contributed to many recent motion pictures or video games including the Hobbit trilogy, Iron Man 3, the reboot Planet of the Apes series, Furious 7, BFG, and Call of Duty series. His researches have been published at top tier graphics conferences including SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, Eurographics, EGSR, SGP and I3D, in research areas such as facial animation, performance capture, photogrammetry, image-based modeling and rendering, geometry processing and machine learning. Ma received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2019 for his work on Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination facial appearance capture system used in creating photoreal digital actors. He received his Ph.D. from National Taiwan University in 2008.