Lisa Avila

Lisa Avila

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lisa Sobierajski Avila is Kitware’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to serving as CEO, Dr. Avila was Vice President of Commercial Operations and a lead technical developer at Kitware. Dr. Avila oversaw Kitware’s commercial offerings including support and consulting contracts, training courses, and books. She was also responsible for Kitware’s corporate communications and public relations efforts, and she coordinated the content for the corporate web site as well as the various community sites supporting open-source projects such as the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView.

As a technical developer, Dr. Avila is the main architect of VTK’s volume visualization functionality, with more than fifteen years of contributions to the toolkit. She has contributed to volume rendering efforts in many scientific and medical fields ranging from seismic data exploration to radiation treatment planning. Dr. Avila is on the Program Committee for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) VisWeek and International Symposium on Computer Vision (ISCV), and she has served on the editorial board for the IEEE publication Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and on the Visualization & Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) Executive Committee.

Dr. Avila received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989, 1990, and 1994, respectively. Her focus was on global illumination models for volume rendering. Prior to joining Kitware, Dr. Avila completed a post-doctoral position at Stony Brook and then joined the General Electric (GE) Corporate Research and Development center in 1994. At GE, she continued her work in the area of volume rendering, applying these methods to both medical and industrial data. Dr. Avila began working in the area of haptics, and she developed algorithms for visualizing, modifying and feeling volumetric data. Working with GE Aircraft Engines, she led the development of a state-of-the-art application for exploration and analysis of large geometric databases.

  1. M. Hanwell, K. Martin, A. Chaudhary, and L. Avila, The Visualization Toolkit (VTK): Rewriting the rendering code for modern graphics cards. Elsevier, 2015
  2. S. Jhaveri, A. Chaudhry, and L. Avila, "Volume Rendering Improvements in VTK,"Oct. 2014.
  3. K. Martin, L. Ibáñez, L. Avila, S. Barré, and J. Kaspersen, "Integrating segmentation methods from the Insight Toolkit into a visualization application," Medical Image Analysis Journal, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 579-593, Dec. 2005.
  4. K. Martin, L. Ibáñez, L. Avila, S. Barré, and J. Kaspersen, "Integrating segmentation methods from the Insight Toolkit into a visualization application," Medical Image Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 9, no. 6, Oct. 2005.
  5. H. Pfister, W. E. Lorensen, C. L. Bajaj, G. L. Kindlmann, W. J. Schroeder, L. Avila, K. Martin, R. Machiraju, and J. Lee, "The Transfer Function Bake-Off," IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 16-22, Jun. 2001.
  6. W. J. Schroeder, L. S. Avila, K. M. Martin, W. Hoffman, and C. Law, The Visualization Toolkit User's Guide. Kitware, Inc., 2001
  7. W. Schroeder, L. Avila, and W. Hoffman, Visualizing with VTK: A Tutorial. IEEE Computer Graphics And Applications, 2000
  8. W. Schroeder, K. Martin, B. Lorensen, L. Sobierajski, R. Avila, and C. Law, The Visualization Toolkit, 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall, 1998
  9. C. Law, L. S. Avila, and W. J. Schroeder, Application of Path Planning and Visualization for Industrial Design and Maintainability Analysis. Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), 1998
  10. L. Sobierajski and W. Schroeder, "Interactive Visualization of Aircraft and Power Generation Engines," Proc. of IEEE Visualization '97 in IEEE Computer Society Press, 1997, pp. 483-486
  11. R. S. Avila and L. M. Sobierajski, A Haptic Interaction Method for Volume Visualization. IEEE CS Press, 1996, pp. 197-204
  12. R. S. Avila and L. M. Sobierajski, Haptic Interaction Utilizing a Volumetric Representation. The First PHANToM User's Group Workshop, 1996
  13. L. Sobierajski et al., "Visualization of Calcium Activity in Nerve Cells," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 55-61, Jan. 1995.
  14. L. M. Sobierajski and R. S. Avila, A Hardware Acceleration Method for Volumetric Ray Tracing. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 1995, pp. 55-61
  15. L. Sobierajski and A. Kaufman, Volumetric Ray Tracing. Symposium on Volume Visualization, 1994, pp. 11-18
  16. R. Avila, T. He, L. Hong, A. Kaufman, H. Pfister, C. Silva, L. Sobierajski, and S. Wang, VolVis: A Diversified System for Volume Visualization. Visualization '94 Proceedings, IEEE CS Press, 1994, pp. 31-38
  17. R. Avila, L. Sobierajski, and A. Kaufman, Visualizing Nerve Cells. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 1994
  18. L. Sobierajski, Global Illumination Models For Volume Rendering. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1994
  19. A. Kaufman and L. Sobierajski, Continuum Volume Display. Computer Visualization, ed. R. Gallagher, CRC Press, 1994, pp. 171-202
  20. B. Burbach, R. Avila, L. Sobierajski, A. Kaufman, and P. Adams, "The Living and the Dead: Interactive Visualization of Nerve Cells,"Nov. 1993.
  21. A. Kaufman, L. Sobierajski, R. Avila, and T. He, Navigation and Animation in a Volume Visualization System. Models & Techniques in Computer Animation, ed. N.M Thalmann and D. Thalmann, Springer-Verlag, 1993, pp. 64-74
  22. L. Sobierajski et al., "A Fast Display Method for Volumetric Data," The Visual Computer, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 116-124, Jan. 1993.
  23. R. S. Avila, L. M. Sobierajski, and A. E. Kaufman, Towards a Comprehensive Volume Visualization System. IEEE Computer Society, 1992, pp. 13-20