Education
University of Toronto
PhD in Computer Science
2019 - 2024 (expected)
University of Oviedo
BSc in Mathematics and BSc in Physics
2014 - 2019
Experience
Yale University
Research Consultant - Supervised by Prof. Theodore Kim
Winter 2022
Adobe Research
Research Intern - Mentored by Dr. Noam Aigerman and Supervised by Dr. Jovan Popovic
Summer 2020
Adobe Research
Research Intern - Mentored by Dr. Noam Aigerman and Supervised by Dr. Jovan Popovic
Summer 2019
Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences
Undergraduate Research Intern - Supervised by Prof. Alec Jacobson
Summer 2018
Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences
Undergraduate Research Intern - Supervised by Prof. Alec Jacobson
Summer 2017
ICMAT (Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
Grant Programme Severo Ochoa - Introduction to Research - Supervised by Prof. Javier Parcet
Summer 2017
Conference & Journal Publications
12. Bayes' Rays: Uncertainty Quantification for Neural Radiance Fields
Lily Goli, Cody Reading, Silvia Sellán, Alec Jacobson, Andrea Tagliasacchi
TBD
11. Reach for the Spheres: Tangency-Aware Surface Reconstruction of SDFs
Silvia Sellán, Christopher Batty, Oded Stein
SIGGRAPH Asia 2023
10. Neural Stochastic Screened Poisson Reconstruction
Silvia Sellán, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH Asia 2023
9. Constructive Solid Geometry on Neural Signed Distance Fields
Zoë Marschner, Silvia Sellán, Hsueh-Ti Derek Liu, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH Asia 2023
8. Stochastic Poisson Surface Reconstruction
Silvia Sellán, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH Asia 2022
7. Breaking Bad: A Dataset for Geometric Fracture and Reassembly
Silvia Sellán*, Yun-Chun Chen*, Ziyi Wu*, Animesh Garg, Alec Jacobson (*joint first authors)
NeurIPS 2022
6. Breaking Good: Fracture Modes for Realtime Destruction
Silvia Sellán, Jack Luong, Leticia Mattos Da Silva, Aravind Ramakrishnan, Yuchuan Yang, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH Asia 2022
5. Sex and Gender in the Computer Graphics Research Literature
Ana Dodik*, Silvia Sellán*, Amanda Phillips, Theodore Kim
SIGGRAPH Talk 2022
4. Swept Volumes via Spacetime Numerical Continuation
Silvia Sellán, Noam Aigerman, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH 2021
3. Opening and Closing Surfaces
Silvia Sellán, Jacob Kesten, Yan Sheng Ang, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH Asia 2020
2. Developability of Heightfields via Rank Minimization
Silvia Sellán, Noam Aigerman, Alec Jacobson
SIGGRAPH 2020
1. Solid Geometry Processing on Deconstructed Domains
Silvia Sellán, Herng Yi Cheng, Yuming Ma, Mitchell Dembowski, Alec Jacobson
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2019
Other Publications
5. Geometry Synthesis for Critical Applications
Silvia Sellán
SIGGRAPH Asia Doctoral Consortium, 2023
4. Efficient and Robust Swept Volumes
Silvia Sellán, Noam Aigerman, Alec Jacobson
Vector Institute Research Symposium poster, 2021
3. Applications of Geometry Processing to Computer Graphics
Silvia Sellán
B.Sc. in Mathematics thesis co-supervised by Profs. Alec Jacobson and Carlos Fernández García
2. An Introduction to Primal Inflation
Silvia Sellán
BSc in Physics thesis supervised by Prof. Luigi Toffolatti
1. Solid Geometry Processing on Deconstructed Domains
Silvia Sellán, Herng Yi Cheng, Yuming Ma, Mitchell Dembowski, Alec Jacobson
ACM / Eurographics SGP Poster, 2018
Patents
2. Generating Developable Depth Images Using Rank Minimization
Silvia Sellán, Noam Aigerman, Alec Jacobson
United States Patent No. 11080819, 2021
1. Swept Volume Determination Techniques
Silvia Sellán, Noam Aigerman, Alec Jacobson
Filed by Adobe Inc. in 2021
Software
Gpytoolbox: A Python geometry processing toolbox
Silvia Sellán, Oded Stein
A library of general geometry processing Python research utility functions, including basic procedural meshes, differential geometric operators, bounding volume hierarchies and surface reconstruction from point clouds and SDFs.
Awards & Honors
DiDi Graduate Student Award in Computer Science
University of Toronto Department of Computer Science - 10,000 CAD
2024
Vanier Canada Doctoral Scholarship
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - 150,000 CAD
Awarded to 166 graduate students across all of Canada and all academic disciplines.
2021-2024
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students
University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies - 50,000 CAD
2019 - 2024
EECS Rising Stars
Academic Career Workshop in EECS - Travel Funding
2023
HLF Ernst Abbe Grant
Heidelberg Laureate Forum - Travel Funding
2023
Beatrice “Trixie” Worsley Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science
University of Toronto Department of Computer Science - 8,000 CAD
Awarded to a student who has taken an active role in promoting women in Computer Science.
2021, 2023
Adobe PhD Fellowship
Adobe Inc. - 10,000 USD
2022
Dean's Doctoral Excellence Scholarship
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science - 25,000 CAD
Awarded to a single doctoral student across all the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science disciplines.
2021
Adobe Research Fellowship
Adobe Inc. - Honorable mention
2020 - 2021
50th Anniversary Graduate Scholarship
University of Toronto Department of Computer Science - 2,000 CAD
2020
Graduate Program Award
University of Toronto Department of Computer Science - 10,000 CAD
2019 - 2020
Recognition of Excellence Award
University of Toronto Department of Computer Science - 10,000 CAD
2019 - 2020
Adobe Women in Technology Scholarship
Adobe Inc. - Honorable Mention
2019
SenseTime Fellowship
MIT - Granted but declined
2019
Scholarship for Academic Excellence
María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation - 50,000 EUR
2014 - 2019
Academic Committee Service
Summer Geometry Initiative
Steering Committee Member
2023 - Present
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
Graduate School Chair
2024
ACM SIGGRAPH Women in Graphics Research Community Group
Executive Committee Member
2022 - 2023
SIGGRAPH Research Career Development Committee
Committee Member (in Undergraduate Mentorship Subcommittee)
2021 - 2023
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
Session Chair: Representation and Learning
2023
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
International Program Committee Member
2024
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
International Program Committee Member
2023
CVPR Deep Learning for Geometric Computing
Organizing Committee Member
2023
Women in Computer Graphics Research (WiGRAPH)
Executive Committee Member
2020 - 2022
CVPR Deep Learning for Geometric Computing
Organizing Committee Member
2022
ICCV Deep Learning for Geometric Computing
Program Committee Member
2021
Journal Referee Service
ACM SIGGRAPH Technical Papers, 2024
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Technical Papers, 2023
ACM / Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP), 2023
ACM SIGGRAPH Technical Papers, 2022 - 2023
Eurographics Technical Papers, 2021 - 2023
ACM Transactions on Graphics (ToG), 2021 - 2023
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 2023
The Visual Computer (TVCJ), 2023
CVPR DLGC Technical Papers, 2022
International Symposium on Robotics Research, 2022
Computer Aided Design Journal (CAD-J), 2022
ACM SIGGRAPH Posters, 2021 - 2022
ICCV DLGC Technical Papers, 2021
Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques (JCGT), 2021
Departmental Service
Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Diversity Working Group
Invited Member
2022
Dean's Advisory Search Committee - Department Chair, Computer Science
Invited Member
2021 - 2022
DGP Working Group on Fostering a Safe and Inclusive Workplace
Member
2021 - 2022
DCS Grad program talk for Ukranian undergraduate visiting students
Panelist
2022
Graduate Applications Triager
16 hours of paid work on processing graduate school applications
2021
Talks Given
Uncertainty Quantification in 3D Geometric Synthesis
University of Zaragoza Graphics and Imaging seminar - hosted by Prof. Ana Serrano    |    Virtual, November 2023
Brown University Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Daniel Ritchie    |    Virtual, October 2023
Banff International Research Station 3D Generative Modeling Workshop - Invited talk    |    Banff (Canada), July 2023
Geometry +: Uncertain Surface Reconstruction
École polytechnique Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Maks Ovsjanikov    |    Paris (France), July 2023
INRIA seminar - hosted by Profs. Bruno Lévy and Sylvain Lefebvre    |    Nancy (France), June 2023
CNRS seminar - hosted by Dr. Julie Digne    |    Lyon (France), June 2023
University of Navarra Graphics and Vision seminar - hosted by Prof. Asier Marzo    |    Pamplona (Navarra), June 2023
University of Edinburgh Geometry seminar - hosted by Prof. Amir Vaxman    |    Edinburgh (Scotland), June 2023
Adobe Research seminar - hosted by Dr. Valentin Deschaintre    |    London (England), June 2023
University College London Vision seminar - hosted by Prof. Kaan Akşit    |    London (England), June 2023
University of British Columbia Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Alla Sheffer    |    Vancouver (Canada), June 2023
Simon Fraser University Vision seminar - hosted by Prof. Andrea Tagliasacchi    |    Vancouver (Canada), June 2023
EPFL Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Mark Pauly    |    Lausanne (Switzerland), May 2023
ETH Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Olga Sorkine-Hornung    |    Zürich (Switzerland), May 2023
University of Waterloo Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Craig Kaplan    |    Waterloo (Canada), April 2023
University of Montreal Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Mikhail Bessmeltsev    |    Montréal (Québec), November 2022
Johns Hopkins Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Misha Kazhdan    |    Baltimore (United States), November 2022
Columbia University Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Changxi Zheng    |    New York City (United States), November 2022
New York University Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Daniele Panozzo    |    New York City (United States), November 2022
MIT Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Justin Solomon    |    Cambridge (United States), November 2022
Dartmouth Graphics and Rendering seminar - hosted by Prof. Wojciech Jarosz    |    Hanover (United States), November 2022
TomatoGRAPH - Technical Talk    |    Toronto (Canada), December 2021
Mesh Math and Beyond: An introduction to shape representations
Summer Geometry Initiative - Full-day tutorial    |    Virtual, July 2023
Summer Geometry Initiative - Full-day tutorial    |    Virtual, July 2022
Summer Geometry Initiative - Full-day tutorial    |    Virtual, July 2021
Blender for Academic Papers
Graphics Interface - Invited Course    |    Victoria (Canada), June 2023
Geometry and Architecture Summit - Invited Talk    |    Toronto (Canada), October 2022
ACM / Eurographics SGP - Invited Course    |    Virtual, June 2022
Geometry +: Moving Fast, Breaking Things and Putting Them Back Together
University of Southern California Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Oded Stein    |    Los Angeles (United States), April 2023
McGill University Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Oded Stein    |    Montréal (Québec), November 2022
Ubisoft research seminar - hosted by the LaForge team    |    Montréal (Québec), November 2022
Yale University Rising Stars seminar - hosted by Prof. Theodore Kim    |    New Haven (United States), November 2022
Engineering and Applied Science Forum - hosted by the EASF team    |    Virtual, November 2022
Uncertain Surface Reconstruction
UCLA and CalTech's Grundfest Memorial Lecture - hosted by Profs. Achuta Kadambi and Katie Bouman    |    Virtual, March 2023
Research in Geometry Processing
University of Toronto Undergraduate Graphics Club - Invited Talk    |    Toronto (Canada), February 2023
Stochastic Poisson Surface Reconstruction
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia - Technical Paper presentation    |    Daegu (South Korea), December 2022
Breaking Good: Fracture Modes for Realtime Destruction
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia - Technical Paper presentation    |    Daegu (South Korea), December 2022
Breaking Bad: A Dataset for Geometric Fracture Reassembly
NeurIPS - Featured (oral) paper presentation    |    New Orleans (United States), November 2022
Virtual Bodies that Matter: A Trans Researcher''s Career in Computer Graphics
Georgetown's Gender and Media Seminar - hosted by Prof. Amanda Phillips    |    Washington, D.C. (United States), November 2022
Sex and Gender in the Computer Graphics Literature
Queer in AI @ NeurIPS workshop - Invited Talk    |    New Orleans (United States), November 2022
UNC Chapel Hill - hosted by Prof. Roni Sengupta    |    New Orleans (United States), November 2022
ACM SIGGRAPH - Talk presentation    |    Vancouver (Canada), August 2022
A Deep Dive into Implicit Swept Volumes
University of Toronto Undergraduate Graphics Club - Invited Talk    |    Toronto (Canada), March 2022
INRIA MFX research seminar - hosted by Prof. Sylvain Lefebvre    |    Virtual, June 2021
MIT Graphics research seminar - hosted by Prof. Justin Solomon    |    Virtual, June 2021
GraphQUON - Technical presentation    |    Virtual, December 2020
Swept Volumes via Spacetime Numerical Continuation
ACM SIGGRAPH - Technical Paper presentation    |    Virtual (originally Los Angeles), August 2021
An Introduction to GP Programming in MATLAB with Gptoolbox
ACM / Eurographics SGP - Invited Course    |    Virtual, July 2021
Developable Surfaces: A Case Study in Discrete Differential Geometry
Lancaster University Pure Mathematics Postgraduate Forum - Invited Talk    |    Virtual, March 2021
Technion research seminar - hosted by Prof. Mirela Ben-Chen    |    Virtual, December 2020
Carnegie Mellon University Geometry seminar - hosted by Prof. Keenan Crane    |    Virtual, November 2020
Seamless Integration of Virtual and Real World
Eurographics 2021 - Doctoral Consortium talk    |    Virtual (originally Vienna), May 2021
University of Toronto - PhD Qualifying Exam    |    Toronto (Canada), September 2020
Opening and Closing Surfaces
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia - Technical Paper presentation    |    Virtual (originally Daegu), December 2020
Epic Games - hosted by Dr. Ryan Schmidt    |    Virtual, November 2020
Fields Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program - End-of-summer research talk    |    Toronto (Canada), August 2017
University of Toronto DCS Summer Research Program - Mid-summer research talk    |    Toronto (Canada), July 2017
Developability of Heightfields via Rank Minimization
Toronto Geometry Colloquium - Opener talk for Prof. Olga Sorkine-Hornung    |    Virtual, October 2020
SIGGRAPH 2020 - Technical Paper presentation    |    Virtual (originally Washington, D.C.), August 2020
Solid Geometry Processing on Deconstructed Domains
Stanford University Graphics seminar - hosted by Prof. Doug James    |    Stanford (United States), October 2019
ACM / Eurographics SGP - Technical Paper presentation    |    Milan (Italy), July 2019
Toronto-Montreal Area Graphics workshop - Technical talk    |    Toronto (Canada), December 2017
Fields Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program - End-of-summer research talk    |    Toronto (Canada), August 2017
University of Toronto DCS Summer Research Program - Mid-summer research talk    |    Toronto (Canada), July 2017
Applications of Geometry Processing to Computer Graphics
University of Oviedo - B.Sc. in Mathematics Thesis Defense    |    Oviedo (Spain), June 2019
An Introduction to Primal Inflation
University of Oviedo - B.Sc. in Physics Thesis Defense    |    Oviedo (Spain), June 2019
In the News
What Do Food and Research Have in Common? More Than You Might Think
Spektrum.de, written by Nina Beier
January 2024
Computer graphics researcher Silvia Sellán is awarded two prestigious scholarships
A&S News, written by Chris Sasaki
July 2021
Silvia Sellán on Virtual Colloquium Planning
Q&A with WiGRAPH, written by Kate Salesin
June 2021
Organizing
ACM SIGGRAPH Women in Graphics Research Community group
Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator
2023
CVPR Deep Learning for Geometric Computing Workshop
Organizing Committee Member
2023
ACM SIGGRAPH Women in Graphics Research Community group
Event Coordinator: Symposium on Geometry Processing
2022
Toronto Geometry Colloquium
Founder, organizer and art director
2020 - 2023
SIGGRAPH Graduate Applications Mentorship Program
Founder and organizer
2022
Summer Geometry Institute
Admissions committee member and session planner
2022
CVPR Deep Learning for Geometric Computing Workshop
Organizing Committee Member
2022
Women in Graphics Research
Event Coordinator: Symposium on Geometry Processing
2020 - 2021
SIGGRAPH Graduate Applications Mentorship Program
Founder and organizer
2021
Summer Geometry Institute
Admissions committee member and session planner
2021
Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
Student volunteer working on tech support full time during the conference and in Spanish-language outreach
2021
Toronto-Montreal-Waterloo Graphics Workshop (TomatoGRAPH)
Student volunteer
2021
Teaching
Summer Geometry Initiative
Instructor of a full-day tutorial including lectures, coding demos and exercises
Summer 2021, 2022, 2023
Graphics Interface
Lecturer of the course Blender for Academic Papers
Summer 2023
Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
Lecturer of the SGP course Blender for Academic Papers
Summer 2022
Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
Co-lecturer of the SGP course An introduction to geometry processing programming in MATLAB with gptoolbox
Summer 2021
CSC165: Mathematical Expression and Reasoning for Computer Science
Teaching Assistant (120 hours) for Prof. David Liu
Winter 2020
Individual High School Tutoring
Weekly paid mathematics and physics tutoring
2015-2018
Teaching Feedback
Summer Geometry Institute | 2021
During the summer of 2021, I planned, prepared and conducted a 6-hour long tutorial session on the topic of shape representations for undergraduate students of underrepresented communities, as part of MIT's Summer Geometry Institute (SGI). A representative sample of the anonymous feedback collected by professor Justin Solomon about my teaching is reproduced below, each quotation corresponding to different student.
"Silvia Sellán's presentation was idyllic, it gave the feeling of being a duck in a pond being fed delicious crumbs of bread, the students being the duck and Silvia the feeder throwing in one after another the information that we like the ducks devoured. The presentation itself was amazing to go beyond analogy it was clear and concise towards learning the topic, the information did not feel too overwhelming, nor too brief. The exercises as well as giving focus upon them and breaking them apart into which to do at what times, they felt like the perfect amount of material in order to have us learn and test our knowledge of the topics."
"I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Silvia's programme. Cutting out all the formulas definitely made her material really accessible and easy to follow without worrying about the precise details of what is going on. I think leaving these details for us to figure out by doing the exercises is really good for developing understanding, rather than having a perhaps more technical talk which is harder to follow and then not quite knowing how to approach the exercises."
"Silvia's lecture was the easiest to follow and the most approachable."
"Silvia's tutorial: Lively and engaging, I liked how a narrative that tied in everything together neatly was presented."
"I really liked Silvia Sellan's tutorial day because for the presentations she gave us a story illustrating the motivation behind the concepts and theory and the actual coding assignments were very accessible and did not require a lot of background material."
"I think a very good example of this was Silvia Sellán's tutorial day. She approached the advanced topics from a big picture perspective and all of the coding exercises needed "basic" MATLAB and knowledge of calculus and a small amount of linear algebra."
"I thoroughly enjoyed Silvia's talk and the associated exercises."
"I also found Silvia's talk very valuable, not only for the geometry processing material offered (which was undoubtedly great, well-structured and very accessible), but also for increasing our awareness about potential nefarious uses of geometry processing. Also the brief digressions on true diversity when talking about fonts/letters were in my opinion very welcome -- I (unfortunately) tend to think in a very "westernized" way, and it's always good to bring awareness to things outside of our intellectual comfort zone."
"I really liked Silvia Sellán's day of the tutorial week. I think she did a really good job of creating presentations and exercises that met me where I am as a student without a formal experience in geometry processing. The mathematics and computer science that she talked as well as exercises she designed were accessible to me as someone who has undergraduate majors in mathematics and computer science as well as had participated in larger projects with programming computer graphics components. I also think she did a really good job of telling and motivating a story, which was really important to staying engaged throughout the day. I also really appreciate that she spoke about ethics in computing and the need to think critically about academic work. It's definitely something that is not spoken enough about and that needs to be spoken about more."
"YOU GUYS ARE WONDERFUL! Not gonna lie, I started looking at PhD opportunities to pursue this field after attending this program."
Mentoring
Summer Geometry Initiative
Served as the mentor for two two-week long geometry processing research projects for eight undergraduate students.
2023
Graduate School Applications
Volunteer mentoring of dozens of prospective Computer Graphics students from underrepresented groups with their graduate school application package and decisions. Successful applicant destinations include MIT, UCSD, University of Toronto, UBC and others.
2020 - 2023
Canada-Wide Science Fair
Mentored grade 11 students with their project as part of University of Toronto's Pursue STEM
Spring 2022
Canadian Black Scientists Network Youth Science Fair
Mentored grade 11 students with their project as part of University of Toronto's Pursue STEM
Winter 2022
University of Toronto DCS Graduate Applications Mentorship Program
Mentor for several prospective graduate students.
Fall 2021
SIGGRAPH Graduate Applications Mentorship Program
Mentor for several prospective graduate students.
Fall 2021
Fields Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Graduate research mentor for a group of four undergraduate researchers.
Summer 2021
Creating a better summer experience: A DEI workshop
DEI workshop for mentors of undergraduate students, organized by the Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences.
Spring 2021
Fields Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Graduate research mentor for a group of four undergraduate researchers.
2020 - 2021
Mentoring Feedback
Summer Geometry Institute | 2021, 2023
During the summers of 2021 and 2023 (the latter together with my colleague Ana Dodik), I worked as a mentor for MIT's Summer Geometry Intiative, founded by Professor Justin Solomon. In it, I directed two projects for two groups of undergraduate students from underrepresented communities new to geometry processing. Below is a representative sample of the anonymous feedback collected by Prof. Solomon
"Ana and Silvia built a collaborative, safe, open environment for new ideas. Both taught us a lot about how to research and approach problems with different approaches. They are outstanding researchers that I admire even more now."
"Ana and Silvia are both absolutely fantastic mentors!"
"This week has been great! Ana and Silvia are excellent mentors. They created an excellent environment for us to learn and collaborate"
"I still have no idea what Silvia's role was, but she went above and beyond to help out with everything. She made us all feel welcome in the Slack channel before SGI even started and continued to dole out advice and support throughout the whole of SGI. She also patiently answered my millions of questions almost as quickly as I could ask them."
"Silvia ensured we all felt welcome right from the beginning of the Slack channel. When we introduced ourselves, I noticed she found something nice to say to each of us, and it felt very welcoming to have that display of friendliness right from the get-go."
"Silvia Sellán, I would like to thank you specifically for the SGP & Siggraph 2021 WiGraph event, sharing your thoughts in grad school event and being accessible."
Non-academic Volunteering
General election worker
Day-long volunteer helping citizens vote on the day of the Spanish General Elections.
July 2023
Reading Partners
Translation of documents into Spanish for literacy non-profit
August 2020
General election worker
Day-long volunteer helping citizens vote on the day of the Spanish General Elections.
April 2019
General election worker
Day-long volunteer helping citizens vote on the day of the Spanish General Elections.
June 2016