Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision

Behind the Scenes at Pixar

Tony DeRose
Pixar Animation Studios

Monday, Jan 22, 2001, 4:15PM
Herrin Hall, BioT 175


For more than a decade Pixar has been a leader in the area of computer animation. In this talk I'll highlight: a number of the technical challenges that we've addressed in the past, some of the challenges that face us today, and some of the challenges that will likely face us in the coming decade.

About the Speaker

Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in 1981 from the University of California, Davis; in 1985 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation in 1989. In 1995 he was selected as a finalist in the software category of the Discover Awards for Technical Innovation. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar winning short film "Geri's game", and in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.

From September 1986 to December 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He has served on various technical program committees including SIGGRAPH, and from 1988 through 1994 was an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

To date, Dr. DeRose has written more than 50 scientific papers, 8 patent applications, and one book. His research has focused on mathematical methods for surface modeling, data fitting, and the use of multiresolution techniques. Recent projects the use of subdivision surfaces in character animation and the construction of animation controls for expressive characters.
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