Roberto Scopigno is the recipient of the Eurographics "Distinguished Career Award" 2014, an award given every other year to a professional in computer graphics who has made outstanding technical contributions to the field and has shaped computer graphics in Europe.
Roberto Scopigno’s work has had a profound impact on the field of visual computing. Of particular importance has been his work on surface simplification, LOD and multiresolution representations for surfaces and volumes. His papers on these topics have been cited widely and stimulated considerable follow-up work. The BDAM algorithm and its 3D extension, Tetra-Puzzles, grew over ingenious novel data structures for hierarchical seamless space subdivision and have inspired new multiresolution applications for the inspection of terrain models and gigantic meshes. He is a world-wide leader in the development of novel algorithms and techniques for Cultural Heritage and for the acquisition, preservation and visualization of digital copies of physical artifacts inherited from the past.
Roberto Scopigno is a recognized scientific leader. He has created a very successful research group at CNR Pisa, and several of his former students have themselves become well-known productive researchers. He has demonstrated a strong leadership in Computer Graphics research in Europe, and he has been a major actor in shaping Computer Graphics in Italy. Roberto has significantly advanced the field through his work and energy, and by setting a personal example.
The complete award citation is available at: https://www.eg.org/index.php/component/content/article/57-awards/distinguished-career-award-recipients/340-scopigno-2014