Yanir Kleiman

Mobile: +44 73 053 14271
Website: www.yanirk.com
Email Address: yanirk@gmail.com

I am a software developer at DNEG visual effects.
I received my PhD from Tel Aviv University where I was a part of the Computer Graphics lab,
followed by a post-doc in Laboratoire d'Informatique (LIX) at École Polytechnique near Paris.

My professional experience spans two years as a 3D artist in visual effects and animation projects, and over 10 years in software development as programmer and team leader.

My research has focused on shape analysis, shape and image similarity, segmentation and shape matching.
Recently I have taken an interest in Deep Learning. I published a deep learning paper (PCPNet, 2018) and employed deep learning solutions in my current position.

Professional Experience

2018
Software Developer, DNEG
Developing tools for the "on-set" department which is responsible of taking reference footage on the set of a show.
  • Working on tools for browsing massive sets of 100K+ images.
  • Employing a deep learning solution to detect color charts in images.
  • Developing in C++, Python, and MEL script language.
  • Working with Maya, Nuke, Alembic, libraw, OpenEXR, and other common tools of the VFX industry.
2016 - 2017
Post-doc Researcher, Laboratoire d'Informatique, École Polytechnique, France.
Part of a computer graphics group lead of Maks Ovsjanikov.
2011 - 2016
PhD Student, Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Computer graphics lab, under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Cohen-Or.
2010
Lighting and Rendering TD / Compositor, Crew 972
Worked on "The Looney Tunes Show" for Warner Bros.
  • Lighting and set dressing shots in Maya.
  • Creating visual effects (dust, smoke) using dynamics and MEL scripting.
  • Creating render layers and monitoring the render process on a render farm.
  • Final compositing of shots using Nuke.
2009
3D Artist, Gravity Israel Visual Effects
Worked mostly on shading, lighting, and render passes.
Additional work included modeling and scripting.
2009
Freelance Effects Artist, "Deus".
"Deus" is a sci-fi TV show in Israel.
I created visual effects for several shots on the show from start to finish.
Tracking, modeling, simulation, animation, rendering and compositing.
2008 - 2009
3D Animation and Visual Effects Diploma, Vancouver Film School, Canada.
Visual Effects specialization, graduated with honors.
2008
Algorithms Developer, MutualArt Inc.
Developed and implemented automated text categorization and linking algorithms with C# and SQL Server.
2005 - 2007
Development Team Leader, Amobee Media Systems Ltd.
Lead a team that developed a web based back-office system that enables advertisers to manage their campaigns and creative ads.
  • .NET infrastructures (ASP.NET) and SQL Server development.
  • Management, task planning, recruiting and training.
  • Requirements specification, GUI design (flow and graphic design).
  • Java development.
2004 - 2005
Development Team Leader, IDF.
The team developed .NET systems and supported legacy Microsoft DNA systems.
2000 - 2004
Senior Infrastructure Programmer, IDF.
1996 - 2000
Part Time VB and ASP Programmer, NTR Visual Technologies Ltd.

Academics

2016
PhD in Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Dissertation: Semantic Similarity and Correspondence of 3D Shapes and Images.
2005
M.Sc. in Computer Science, Tel Aviv Academic College, Israel
Graduated with honors.
2000
B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Publications

2018
PCPNet: Learning Local Shape Properties from Raw Point Clouds
Paul Guerrero, Yanir Kleiman, Maks Ovsjanikov, Niloy J. Mitra
Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics), 2018
2018
Robust Structure-Based Shape Correspondence
Yanir Kleiman, Maks Ovsjanikov
Computer Graphics Forum, 2018
2017
Region-Based Correspondence Between 3D Shapes via Spatially Smooth Biclustering
Matteo Denitto, Simone Melzi, Manuele Bicego, Umberto Castellani, Alessandro Farinelli, Mario A. T. Figueiredo, Yanir Kleiman, Maks Ovsjanikov
ICCV 2017
2017
Bundle Optimization for Multi-aspect Embedding
Qiong Zeng, Wenzheng Chen, Zhuo Han, Mingyi Shi, Yanir Kleiman, Daniel Cohen-Or, Baoquan Chen, Yangyan Li
arXiv:1703.09928
2016
Semantic Similarity and Correspondence of 3D Shapes and Images
Yanir Kleiman
PhD Dissertation
2016
Time-varying Weathering in Texture Space
Rachele Bellini, Yanir Kleiman, Daniel Cohen-Or.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH), 2016
2016
Toward Semantic Image Similarity from Crowdsourced Clustering
Yanir Kleiman, George Goldberg, Yael Amsterdamer, Daniel Cohen-Or.
The Visual Computer (Proceedings of CGI), 2016
2015
SHED: Shape Edit Distance for Fine-grained Shape Similarity
Yanir Kleiman, Oliver van Kaick, Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Daniel Cohen-Or.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia), 2015
2015
DynamicMaps: Similarity-based Browsing through a Massive Set of Images
Yanir Kleiman, Dov Danon, Jasmin Felberbaum, Joel Lanir, Daniel Cohen-Or.
Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2015
2014
Shape Segmentation by Approximate Convexity Analysis
Oliver van Kaick, Noa Fish, Yanir Kleiman, Shmuel Asafi, Daniel Cohen-Or.
ACM Transactions on Grpahics (TOG), 2014
2013
Dynamic Maps for Exploring and Browsing Shapes
Yanir Kleiman, Noa Fish, Joel Lanir, Daniel Cohen-Or.
Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of SGP), 2013
2011
Unsupervised co-segmentation of a set of shapes via descriptor-space spectral clustering
Oana Sidi, Oliver van Kaick, Yanir Kleiman, Hao Zhang, Daniel Cohen-Or.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia), 2011
2007
Paging with connections: FIFO strikes again
Leah Epstein, Yanir Kleiman, Jiri Sgall, Rob van Stee.
Theoretical computer science, 2007

Public Talks and Academic Visits

2017
Invited Talk, Google Zurich, Switzerland.
2016
Invited Talk, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
2016
CGI 2016
Toward Semantic Image Similarity from Crowdsourced Clustering.
2016
PhD Dissertation Public Lecture, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
2015
Visiting Researcher, Shandong University, China.
2015
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
SHED: Shape Edit Distance for Fine-grained Shape Similarity.
2015
Visiting Researcher, École Polytechnique, France.
2013
Invited Talk, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany.
2013
Visiting Researcher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
2013
SGP 2013
Dynamic Maps for Exploring and Browsing Shapes.

Awards and Fellowships

2016-2017
Chateaubriand Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research
2014-2015
Google Focused Research Award
I was partly funded by this grant during my PhD studies.
2010
Animex Visual Effects Award
Runner up for Best Visual Effects in Animex 2010 Festival.
2005
Excellence Scholarship - Tel Aviv Academic College
Awarded for excellence during my M.Sc. studies.

Reviewer

SIGGRAPH (2014, 2015, 2016)
SIGGRAPH ASIA (2014, 2015)
Eurographics (2015, 2016, 2017)
Computer Graphics Forum (2014, 2015)
The Visual Computer (2016, 2017)
Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics (2017, 2018)
Graphical Models (2015)
Computer and Graphics (2013)