Aron Helser

Staff R&D Engineer

Scientific Computing

Kitware North Carolina
Carrboro, NC

M.S. in Computer Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics
Cornell University

Aron received his Bachelor of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. He then pursued a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Prior to joining Kitware, Aron was a software consultant at Geometric Tools, Inc. His efforts included front-end development with JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) based visualization. He worked on projects such as a tablet game for the visually-impaired that uses the three-dimensional (3D) Web Audio standard. Aron was also a senior driver software developer at NVIDIA. In this role, he worked on DirectX driver development for next-generation graphics chips, which coincided with the release of Windows 10.

Aron completed his longest stint at 3rdTech, Inc., where he commercialized research projects from UNC. These projects share a common thread: to simplify the user experience so a non-technical user can accomplish his or her tasks. For example, Aron helped bring NanoManipulator to 3rdTech. The NanoManipulator is an interface to an atomic-force microscope that uses visualization and a haptic-display to interact with and manipulate nano-scale samples in a microscope. Aron then shifted to the DeltaSphere project, which uses a laser rangefinder to capture room-sized spaces and reconstruct a 3D model of them. He also architected and implemented SceneVision-3D, a software package that makes the DeltaSphere useful in crime-scene capture and forensic investigation.

Publications

  1. T. Hudson, A. Helser, D. Sonnenwald, and M. Whitton, "Managing collaboration in the nanoManipulator," in Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, 2003. [URL]
  2. S. Paulson, A. Helser, M. Nardelli, R. Taylor, M. Falvo, R. Superfine, and S. Washburn, "Tunable resistance of a carbon nanotube-graphite interface," Science, vol. 290, no. 5497, pp. 1742-1744, Dec. 2000.
  3. M. Falvo, R. Taylor, A. Helser, V. Chi, F. Brooks, S. Washburn, and R. Superfine, "Nanometre-scale rolling and sliding of carbon nanotubes," Nature, vol. 397, no. 6716, pp. 236-238, Jan. 1999. [URL]

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