IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar wins Technical Oscar Award

Jan 10, 2017 17:02 IST

IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar on 9 January 2017 won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award, popularly called the Technical Oscar which is awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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He was awarded for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

He will be awarded a certificate from the Academy at Beverly Hills on 11 February 2017.

About Parag Havaldar

• Parag Havaldar graduated from IIT-Kharagpur in 1991 with a degree in computer science and engineering.
• Presently, he is a software supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks leading the team in the area of performance capture.
• The technology developed by him and his team is being used to create stylized character animations.
• This has led to large-scale use of animation rig-based facial performance-capture providing solutions for tracking, stabilization, solving and animator controllable curve editing.
• His popular works include Watchmen, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spider-Man, Beowulf and Hancock.
• He is also a part-time teacher of Multimedia at the University of Southern California, from where he pursued his PhD as well in the field of computer vision and graphics.

The Technical Achievement Award or Scientific & Technical Award was first presented at the 4th Academy Awards ceremony in November 1931.


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