About the Editors
Wessam Bahnassi is a software engineer with a background in building architec-
ture. This combination is believed to be the reason behind Wessam’s passion for
3D engine design. He has written and dealt with a variety of engines throughout
a decade of game development. Currently, he is a lead rendering engineer at
Electronic Arts Inc., and a supervisor of the Arabic Game Developer Network.
Although a bit out of context here, his heart beats for the Syrian revolution, as
well as the other Arabic revolutions in general, to which he dedicates this work.
Wolfgang Engel is the CTO/CEO and cofounder of Confetti Special Eﬀects Inc.
(www.conﬀx.com), a think tank for advanced real-time graphics research for
the video game and movie industry. Previously he worked for more than four
years in Rockstar’s core technology group as the lead graphics programmer.
His game credits can be found at http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/
view/developerId,158706/. He is the editor of the ShaderX and GPU Pro book
series, the author of several other books, and speaks on graphics programming at
conferences worldwide. He has been a DirectX MVP since July 2006 and is active
in several advisory boards in the industry. He also teaches “GPU Programming”
at UCSD. You can ﬁnd him on twitter at @wolfgangengel.
Carsten Dachsbacher is a full professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technol-
ogy. Prior to joining KIT, he was an assistant professor at the Visualization
Research Center (VISUS) of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and post-
doctoral fellow at REVES/INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France. He received a MS
in computer science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in
2002 and a PhD in computer science in 2006. His research focuses on real-
time computer graphics, interactive global illumination, and perceptual render-
ing, on which he has published several articles at various conferences, including
SIGGRAPH, I3D, EG, and EGSR. He has been a tutorial speaker at Eurograph-
ics, SIGGRAPH, and the Game Developers Conference and a reviewer for various
conferences and journals.