skip to Main Content

Coronavirus Information for the UC San Diego Community

Our leaders are working closely with federal and state officials to ensure your ongoing safety at the university. Stay up to date with the latest developments. View Details

Alvy Ray Smith

November 24, 2014
CSE 1202 on the UCSD Campus

 

Abstract: 

From Pixels to Pixar

A quick tour through computer graphics from the very first pixels to the Holy Avatar Grail, warts and all, with amusing stories, vintage pictures and videos, little known facts, and an intellectual stretch or two.

Bio:

Dr Alvy Ray Smith: Cofounded two successful startups: Pixar – see Pixar founding documents – (sold to Disney) and Altamira (sold to Microsoft). First director of computer graphics at Lucasfilm. Original member of the Computer Graphics Lab of the New York Institute of Technology. First Graphics Fellow at Microsoft. At Xerox PARC for the birth of the personal computer. Received two technical Academy Awards, for the alpha channel and digital paint systems. Invented the first full-color paint program, the HSV (or HSB) color transform, and the alpha channel. Directed the Genesis Demo in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Hired John Lasseter and directed him in The Adventures of André & Wally B. Proposed and negotiated the Academy-Award winning Disney computer animation production system, CAPS. Instrumental, as a Regent, in initiating the Visible Human Project of the National Library of Medicine. Star witness in a trial that successfully invalidated five patents that threatened Adobe Photoshop. Holds Ph.D. from Stanford University and honorary doctorate from New Mexico State University. Member of the National Academy of Engineering. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Published widely in theoretical computer science and computer graphics. Creator of many pieces of computer art, including Sunstone in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Holds four patents. Now writing a book, A Biography of the Pixel.

Read Next

Dan Cosley (Cornell University)

October 10, 2013
Understanding Ourselves Through Our Online Behavior
Design Lab Thermo Scientific

Introduction to Open Inventor Toolkit and Amira-Avizo Software

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6-8 p.m.
CSE 1202 on UCSD Campus

Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2019

June 23 - 28, 2019
San Diego, CA
Back To Top