Congratulation to Dr. Zhu Jianke, a PhD student supervised by Prof. Michael Lyu, has been selected as the winner of the Faculty's Outstanding Thesis Award 2009.

Recovering deformable surfaces is an interesting and beneficial research problem for computer vision and image analysis. While considerable research efforts have been devoted to deformable surface modeling and fitting, there are only few schemes available to tackle the deformable surface recovery problem efficiently.

Dr. Jianke Zhu's thesis entitled "Deformable surface recovery and its applications" proposes a set of methods to effectively solve the 2D nonrigid shape recovery and 3D deformable surface tracking based on a robust progressive optimization scheme. The presented techniques are also applied to a variety of real-world applications, such as image alignment, Augmented Reality, medical image registration, and near- duplicate image retrieval. The extensive experiments have been conducted for performance evaluation on various environments, whose promising results show that the proposed techniques are effective.