TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event


Tony DeRose
Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group
Pixar Animation Studios


June 12, 1:30 pm



CMUSV, Rm 118 [directions]

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Title: Movies, Math, and Making Recent Research at Pixar
Abstract: In this talk I will survey a number of current and recent projects underway in the Research Group at Pixar. To set context for the discussion I'll begin with a brief overview of our production pipeline, discussing how we approach research at Pixar, including how we pick problems, what we look for when we consider the adoption of external research, and how we transfer technology to the rest of the studio.
Speaker Bio: Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar (c) winning short film "Geri's game", in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, and in 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (c) for his work on surface representations. In addition to his research interests, Tony is also involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant for students.