about me     

I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida

My current research focuses on the interdisciplinary digital design of sustainable architecture. I work on advanced numeric simulations that derive a building’s daylighting behavior, thermal performance, and material properties. I develop novel approaches for simulating, manipulating, and physically realizing sustainable designs in all phases of a building’s lifecycle. This research directly impacts smart-building design, early-stage design, and retrofitting buildings. I also work on high dimensional light transport problems, such as complex illumination, material appearance, physically-based simulation, and spectral rendering, which facilitate a unique approach to provide both more accurate simulations and efficient algorithms for simulating sustainable architecture and smart buildings.

At Cornell University in the Program of Computer Graphics I had the pleasure to be mentored by Donald Greenberg as a Research Associate and Post-Doctoral Fellow. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, where I was advised by Norman Badler. While at Penn, I ran the SIG Center for Computer Graphics serving as the Associate Director for three years. I also was a full lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Science. I had the pleasure of teaching and advising the amazing students in Penn's Digital Media Design Undergraduate Program and Computer Graphics and Game Technology Master Program.


I solve physically - based light transport and material simulations.

Sustainable design

Inter-disciplinary approach grounded in Computer Science.


I design and build custom measurement hardware.


Want more information - view my Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Recent Publications

A Framework for the Experimental Comparison of Solar and Skydome Illumination
Joseph T. Kider Jr., Joseph T. Kider Jr , Daniel Knowlton, Jeremy Newlin, Yining Karl Li, and Donald P. Greenberg
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH ASIA 2014). 33(6), 2014..
Efficient Motion Retrieval in Large Motion Databases
Mubbasir Kapadia, I-kao Chiang, Tiju Thomas, Norman I. Badler, Joseph T. Kider Jr.
ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3d Graphics and Games. 19-28, 2012.
Fruit Senescence and Decay Simulation
Joseph T. Kider Jr, Samantha Raja, and Norman I. Badler
Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics 2011).
A Data-driven Appearance Model for Human Fatigue (HONORABLE MENTION AWARD)
Joseph T. Kider Jr, Kaitlin Pollock, and Alla Safonova
SIGGRAPH/ Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (Proceedings of SCA 2011).

My research interests span building simulation, sustainability, computer graphics, virtual reality, and human perception, including:

  1. Building Simulation Daylighting: Computational light transport, analysis, and human perception...

  2. Build Simulation Materials: Shape and material acquisition; modeling; material representation and editing.l ...

  3. High-dimensional Physically-based Light Trasport: Realistic, physically-based rendering; scalable rendering. ...

  4. Virtual Reality: Architectural (spatial) design, product (object) design, perception experiments, and the development and use of new graphics algorithms...

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Contact me

I work at the University of Central Flordia at Institute for Simulation & Training. Find a map here: Partnership II.
I love to meet new people and talk about intresting things, so please stop by or email me.

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Partnership II - Room: 320


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  Dr. Joseph T. Kider Jr.
  3100 Technology Pkwy
  Institute For Simulation & Training
  Office: 320
  Orlando, FL 32826

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