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Creative Arts: New Tools and Technology & the Democratization of Craft

Stated Meeting, Mountain View, CA
February 28—March 1, 2009

The Impact of Information Technology on Society

Creative Arts: New Tools and Technology & the Democratization of Craft (Location: Computer History Museum)

Moderator: Pat Hanrahan is Canon USA Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at Stanford University, where his research focuses on rendering algorithms, graphics processing units, as well as scientific illustration and visualization. Previously on the faculty of Princeton University, he also worked at the New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Laboratory, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Pixar. A founding employee at Pixar Animation Studios, he was part of the design of the RenderMan Interface Specification and the RenderMan Shading Language. Involved with several Pixar productions, including Tin Toy, The Magic Egg, and Toy Story, he has received two Academy Awards for his work in rendering and computer graphics. Recipient of the 2006 Career Award for Visualization Research from the IEEE Visualization Conference and the 2003 SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, among other honors, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2007. Audio | Video (5 min.)
Panelists Charles Geschke is former President and Chief Operating Officer of Adobe Systems, which he co-founded in 1982 with John Warnock. Together at Adobe they developed and commercialized Postscript. Prior to co-founding Adobe, he formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he directed research activities in the fields of computer science, graphics, image processing, and optics. Previously, he was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC’s Computer Sciences Laboratory. A member of the Computer Science Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University, he also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, the Egan Maritime Foundation, the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, and Tableau Software. Honored with the Medal of Achievement from the American Electronics Association (with John Warnock) and the ACM Systems Award, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an ACM Fellow. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008. Audio | Video (15 min.)
Dale Dougherty is the founding editor and publisher of Make and Craft magazines, both of which focus on DIY projects, and the creator of Maker Faire, which showcases creative communities. He has been instrumental in many of O’Reilly’s most important efforts, working closely with Tim O’Reilly to establish O’Reilly as a leading technical publisher. An early web pioneer, he was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. He was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for web designers from 1995 to 1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He developed the Hacks Series of books in 2003, which includes the bestselling Google Hacks and Excel Hacks. He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference. Audio | Video (12 min.)
Carl Rosendahl founded Pacific Data Images in 1980 to combine his passions for filmmaking and technology. PDI became, and continues to be, one of the pioneering and most highly innovative creators of computer animation for film and television. During his 20 years of leading the organization, PDI produced over 700 commercials, worked on visual effects for over 70 feature films, and, in partnership with DreamWorks SKG, produced the hit animated film Antz and the Academy Award-winning Shrek. Recipient of multiple Emmy Awards, in 1998 he was recognized with a Technical Achievement Academy Award for PDI’s contributions to modern filmmaking. He is currently a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he was the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Uth TV. From 2000 to 2002 he was a Managing Director at Mobius Venture Capital. He was a founding board member of the Visual Effects Society, where he served as Chair from 2004 to 2006 and is currently a Vice Chair of the organization. Audio | Video (16 min.)
Jonathan Berger is a faculty member of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. His recent works include Jiyeh, a violin concerto; the Bridal Canopy for string quartet; a piano trio; and a series of interactive works on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. A recipient of numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations, ASCIP, and others, his most recent CD recording, Miracles and Mud (on Naxos’ American Masters series) received considerable acclaim. His works also are featured on recordings by Sony, Neuma, Harmonia Mundi, CRI, and other labels. In addition to composition, he is an active researcher with over 60 publications in a wide range of fields relating to music, science, and technology, including audio signal processing, music perception and cognition, computational music theory, and auditory display. Audio | Video (25 min.)

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