In honor of the late Pierre Bézier and with the approval of his family, the Bézier Award was established in 2007 by the Solid Modeling Association (SMA) to recognize individuals or teams who have made long lasting contributions in Solid, Geometric, or Physical Modeling or in their Applications.
Solid, geometric and physical modeling have matured and came a long way since Pierre Bézier’s pioneering work in the 1950’s, resulting in a rich set of theories, mathematics and algorithms that define and manipulate representations of physical objects, of their properties, and of associated abstractions. These representations are intimately tied to processes (such as physical simulation, design, manufacturing, and analysis) and to application domains (automotive, aerospace, bio-medical, graphic arts, etc). These representations and the associated algorithms support the creation, exchange, simulation, visualization, animation, interrogation, and annotation of the digital models of the objects and their evolution.
Pierre Bézier is one of the founders of the fields of solid, geometric and physical modeling. Beginning with his work on representing curves, and continuing through his work on one of the first CAD/CAM systems at Renault (UNISURF), Pierre Bézier led the transformation of industrial design and manufacturing, through mathematics and computing tools, into computer aided design and three dimensional modeling.
He made contributions to computer control, interactive free-form curve and surface design and 3D milling for manufacturing clay models and masters.
Bézier’s success exemplifies how a problem driven approach can ignite a flurry of research accomplishments in mathematics and computer science and lead to a profound transformation of a major segment of the industry.
- 2018: Helmut Pottmann
- 2017: Wolfgang Boehm
- 2016: Nicholas M. Patrikalakis
- 2015: Vadim Shapiro
- 2014: Jarek Rossignac
- 2013: Thomas W. Sederberg
- 2012: Paul de Faget de Casteljau
- 2011: Christoph M. Hoffmann
- 2010: Malcolm Sabin
- 2009: Richard Riesenfeld and Elaine Cohen
- 2008: Ian Braid, Alan Grayer and Charles Lang
- 2007: Aristides Requicha and Herbert Voelcker
2019 BÉZIER AWARD: DUE MARCH 31, 2019
The Pierre Bézier Award is the most prestigious award of the Solid Modeling Association. The award may be given to an individual or group of individuals nominated for contributions of a technical and leadership nature made to solid, geometric, or physical modeling and their applications. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance. Individuals or teams can be nominated. All nominations received in 2019 and top nominations retained from previous years (upon recommendation from previous years committees) will be rigorously reviewed by the 2019 Pierre Bézier Award jury. Each year, one individual awardee or team will be chosen by the Pierre Bézier Award Committee based on the strength of the nomination dossier. Joint nominations, submitted jointly by several nominators of international stature, are encouraged. The Pierre Bézier Award and the recipient’s acceptance lecture will be presented at the SPM Symposium, June 17-19, 2019, in Vancouver, Canada.
Nominations should be prepared using the Pierre Bézier Award nomination form (available from the SMA web site listed above) and submitted (as a PDF file with the nominee(s)’s last name(s) as file name) by email to Jessica Zhang (Chair of the SMA, email@example.com) and Sai Nelaturi (Chair of the SMA Award Committee, Saigopal.Nelaturi@parc.com) with a subject line of “Bézier Award Nomination 2019 for XXX”, where XXX list the nominees. Email submissions should be send from the email of one of the nominators. All other nominators should be cc’ed. All nominator should receive an acknowledgement from within 72 hours of the nomination (Please resend otherwise). Questions: may be addressed to Jessica Zhang, Chair of the Solid Modeling Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, the chair of the Bézier award jury is nominated by the SMA Executive Board and invited to select at least 6 additional jury members. The jury reviews all recent nominations and also outstanding nominations from previous years and votes to select the recipient for the current year as well as the outstanding candidates whose nominations should be considered for the subsequent years.
The recipient of the Bézier award is announced at that year’s SPM conference and invited to deliver an acceptance lecture during the conference. The conference registration and a capped amount of travel expenses for the recipients are covered by the funds donated by the industrial sponsors of the Bézier award.
The Bézier award program is sponsored by: