Video: Turner Whitted Keynotes Computer Graphics Pioneers Meeting at SIGGRAPH

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One of my favorite things about my job is meeting the amazing people behind high performance computing. In this exclusive insideHPC video, Turner Whitted keynotes the Computer Graphics PIoneer’s meeting at SIGGRAPH 2011. Whitted’s famous 1978 paper, An Improved Illumination Model for Shaded Display popularized Ray Tracing.

J. Turner Whitted won’t take credit for it, but he really should be listed in the lineage of Woody, Buzz, Shrek and the Matrix’s Neo, as well as a lot of other computer generated characters and effects in both movies and computer games. Graduating with a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978, Dr. Whitted was the first to apply the concept of ray-tracing to global illumination in computer graphics. He earned his BSE and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University.

Whitted is currently a Principal Researcher at Microsoft.


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