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  Nelson Chu

I've been developing digital painting technology for over 10 years. During my time at HKUST, I developed computational models for paint brushes and ink/watercolor, dubbed MoXi, which I'm best known for:

MoXi Digital Paint 1.5 min Teaser

In 2005, I was approached by Adobe and eventually MoXi was licensed to them in 2006 and I also went to US for technology transfer in Adobe's Minnesota office. Read my Adobe story.

In 2008, I was approached by Microsoft and eventually I moved to the United States to work on the simulation of pastel and oil under Project Gustav in the Extreme Computing Group of Microsoft Research. I literally started the Project Gustav program from scratch and was later joined by Bill Baxter. I identified reasons why previous (oil-like) paint simulators often give results with excessive blur and presented a solution (i.e. Project Gustav) to the problem as documented in this paper. 

Project Gustav

I later moved to the Startup Business Group and helped transiting Project Gustav into a product there. The product was first released at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York as Microsoft Digital Art. It later became Fresh Paint, which Microsoft has used to promote its new flagship product Windows 8.

I resigned from Microsoft in 2011 and returned to Asia. 

2016 latest development Expresii, a sucessor of MoXi:

Expresii Official Release Intro

See our Facebook page for news.

I was born left-handed but trained to use my right hand to write. I am a Software Engineer/Researcher by profession, but deep down inside I'm more a visual artist.

Slides from my talk at Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2008.

I also released a few Games in the 90's.
My Blog - LinkedIn - CV
Master's Thesis (2001) - PhD Thesis (2007)

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