Anthony Santella 

anthony.santella (at)

I am a post doctoral fellow at Sloan Kettering Institute working on image analysis and visualization of large in vivo microscopy data sets.  The first goal here is to reduce terabytes of images of embryonic development to the manageable form of segmented nuclei and cellular lineages. Then comes the harder problem of analyzing and understanding the result.  I am also interested in visualization methods that aid interpretation of these data sets by highlighting important developmental events. 

I graduated from the Computer Science Department in May 2005 with a certificate in Cognitive Science.  Broadly, my  areas of interest include: graphics, computer-human interaction, and computer and human vision.  My larger interests include the visual arts and the influence of technology on society, especially the underprivileged and marginalized. 

Current Resume:


Image analysis for confocal microscopy:

C. Pohl, M. Tiongson, J.L. Moore, A. Santella and Z. Bao. "Actomyosin-based Self-organization of cell internalization during C. elegans gastrulation." BMC Biology 2012, 10:94. 

Y. Wu, A. Ghitani, R. Christensen, A. Santella, Z. Du, G. Rondeau, Z. Bao, D. Colón-Ramos, H. Shroff. "Inverted selective plane illumination microscopy (iSPIM) enables coupled cell identity lineaging and neurodevelopmental imaging in Caenorhabditis elegans" PNAS 2011 108 (43) 17708-17713, Contribution: cell tracking

A. Santella, Z. Du, S. Nowotschin, A.K. Hadjantonakis and Z. Bao, "A hybrid blob-slice model for accurate and efficient detection of fluorescence labeled nuclei in 3D" BMC Bioinformatics, 2010, 11:580 

P. J. Keller, A. D. Schmidt, A. Santella, K. Khairy, Z. Bao, J. Wittbrodt and E. H. K. Stelzer, "Fast, high-contrast imaging of animal development with scanned light sheet-based structured-illumination microscopy" Nature Methods 2010, 7, pp. 637-642 

Gaze based interaction and evaluation:

A. Santella, M. Agrawala, D. DeCarlo, D. Salesin, and M. Cohen, "Gaze-Based Interaction for Semi-Automatic Photo Cropping" In CHI 2006, pp. 771-780. 

A. Santella, and D. DeCarlo, "Visual Interest and NPR: an Evaluation and Manifesto". In Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR) 2004, pp 71-78, 2004.

A. Santella, and D. DeCarlo, "Robust Clustering of Eye Movement Recordings for Quantification of Visual Interest". In Proceedings of the Third Eye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA) 2004, pp 27-34, 2004.


 D. DeCarlo, A. Finkelstein, S. Rusinkiewicz, and A. Santella, "Suggestive Contours for Conveying Shape". In ACM Transactions on Graphics, 22(3) (SIGGRAPH 2003 Proceedings), pp 848-855, 2003.

Forrester Cole, Doug DeCarlo, Adam Finkelstein, Kenrick Kin, Keith Morley, and Anthony Santella. "Directing Gaze in 3D Models with Stylized Focus." Eurographics Symposium on Rendering. pp. 377-387, June 2006.

Image Abstraction and Stylization:  

 D. DeCarlo, and A. Santella, "Stylization and Abstraction of Photographs". In ACM Transactions on Graphics, 21(3) (SIGGRAPH 2002 Proceedings), pp 769-776, 2002.(An image from this paper was selected for the proceedings cover.) 

 A. Santella, and D. DeCarlo, "Abstracted Painterly Renderings Using Eye-tracking Data". In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR) 2002, pp 75-82, 2002.

Additional images  generated with the Siggraph 2002 system.

My Phd thesis
My doctoral thesis dealt with the issues of visual perception and nonphotorealistic rendering. Eye movements and models of visual perception inform algorithms that model  the techniques artists use to direct attention in images. ~3mb(pdf)

I'm a fine artist as well, my main website.

" Knowledge is strong, but love is sweet; Yea all the progress he had made Was but to learn that all is small Save love, for love is all in all."      

   -Christina Georgina Rossetti