Jean-François Lalonde was, until recently, a Computer Vision Scientist at Tandent where he researched ways of making computer vision systems work in the real world. He received a B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering with honors from Laval University, Canada, in 2004. He earned his M.S at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 under Prof. Martial Hebert and received his Ph.D., also from Carnegie Mellon, in 2011 under the supervision of Profs. Alexei A. Efros and Srinivasa G. Narasimhan. His thesis, titled “Understanding and Recreating Appearance under Natural Illumination,” won the 2010-11 SCS Distinguished Dissertation Award and was partly supported by a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship. His work focuses on lighting-aware image understanding and synthesis by leveraging large amounts of data.