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Alain Chesnais' research has focused mostly on computer graphics. He led the team at Alias/wavefront that received an Academy Award in 2003 for the development of the Maya 3D system. He is chief scientist at TrendSpottr, where he works on real-time predictive analytics for social media. He served as ACM President from 2010 to 2012 and ACM SIGGRAPH President from 2002 to 2005.