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Jernej Barbic

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Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair and Professor of Computer Science


  • Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics, University of Ljubljana


Jernej Barbic received an undergraduate Mathematics degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He received the computer science Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, in 2007. He was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT from 2007 to 2009. He joined the Computer Science Department faculty at the University of Southern California in August 2009. In 2015, he was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure), and in 2021 to Full Professor.

Research Summary

I work in computer graphics, tackling interdisciplinary problems from computer animation, graphics, simulation, mechanics, medical imaging and haptics. The main focus of my research is physically based simulation of digital humans, animals, plants and man-made objects, for use in film industry, computer games, interactive CAD/CAM (airplane/automobile manufacturing), and virtual medicine (surgery simulation). My interests include computer graphics, animation, real-time simulation, numerical mathematics, the Finite Element Method, applied mechanics, collision detection, contact, medical imaging, human body modeling, haptic rendering and model reduction. Of course, my interests are not limited just to these topics; I like computer graphics, numerical methods, computer science, and applied mathematics in general.


  • 2020 ACM ACM Distinguished Member
  • 2019 Infinity Festival Infinity Festival Monolith Award for Technology
  • 2017 USC USC Stevens Commercialization Award
  • 2014 Sloan Foundation Sloan Fellowship
  • 2014 Okawa Foundation Okawa Foundation Research Grant
  • 2011 MIT Technology Review MIT Technology Review, 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35), 2011
  • 2011 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Viterbi Early Career Chair
  • 2011 NSF NSF Career Award
  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

  • SAL 240
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center
  • 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-1914
  • jnb@usc.edu


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