Michael is a Research Scientist at Facebook in Seattle.
Prior to Facebook, Michael was a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, which he joined in 1994 from Princeton University where he served on the faculty of Computer Science. Michael received The 1998 SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his contributions to the Radiosity method for image synthesis.
Michael received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Utah. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Civil Engineering from Beloit College and Rutgers University respectively, and an M.S. in Computer Graphics from Cornell. Dr. Cohen also served on the Architecture faculty at Cornell University.
Dr. Cohen has worked on a number of research projects ranging from image synthesis, to image based rendering, to animation, to camera control, to more artistic non-photorealistic rendering. One project focuses on the problem of image based rendering; capturing the complete flow of light from an object for later rendering from arbitrary vantage points. This work, dubbed “The Lumigraph” is analogous to creating a digital hologram. More recent work has focused on Computational Photography creating new photo and video experiences. Many of these experiences involve combining aspects of a burst of images, to create, for example, a group shot with everyone with open eyes, or to create short “moving images”. Other work seeks to stabilize moving time-lapse videos to create what have come to be known as hyperlapses. Michael now focuses on bringing these and other new photo and video capabilities to over a billion users at Facebook.