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Pat Hanrahan has a long-standing interest in visualization, scientific illustration, rendering algorithms, and graphics processing units. His team has recently developed a system called Polaris, an interface for exploring large multi-dimensional databases, and LineDrive, an automatic system for rendering route maps. He is currently working on rendering algorithms, as well as several projects focused around graphics processing units, the largest of which investigates the use of stream processing ideas for scientific computing. He is also developing methods for visualizing pathways in the brain using diffusion tensor imaging. Before joining Stanford, he was a faculty member at Princeton. He has worked at Pixar, where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the RenderManTM Interface, a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high-quality rendering programs. Previous to Pixar, he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology. Professor Hanrahan has received two Academy Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Stephen A. Coons Award, the 2006 Career Award for Visualization Research from the IEEE Visualization Conference, in addition to three university teaching awards. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.