Henrik Wann Jensen is an associate professor at the University of California at San Diego, where he is working in the computer graphics lab. His research is focused on realistic image synthesis, global illumination, rendering of natural phenomena, and appearance modeling. His contributions to computer graphics include the photon mapping algorithm for global illumination, and the first technique for efficiently simulating subsurface scattering in translucent materials. He is the author of "Realistic Image Synthesis using Photon Mapping," AK Peters 2001. He has rendered images that have appeared on the front covers of the SIGGRAPH proceedings (2001) and National Geographic magazine (2002), and rendered three animations that have been shown in the SIGGRAPH electronic theater (1998, 2000, 2001).
Prior to coming to UCSD in 2002, he was a research associate at Stanford University from 1999-2002, a consultant for Pixar in 2001, a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1998-1999, and a research scientist in industry working on commercial rendering software from 1996-1998. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark in 1996.
In 2004, Professor Jensen received an Academy Award (Technical Achievement Award) from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for pioneering research in rendering translucent materials. He also became a Sloan Fellow and he was selected as one of the top 10 scientists in 2004 by Popular Science magazine.