Stam, Catmull and DeRose catch SciTech award
Thu 23rd Feb 2006 | News
Jos Stam the Autodesk Principal Scientist, has been awarded a Technical Achievement Award, Academy Certificate, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Ed Catmull and Tony DeRose.
Ed Catmull and Tony DeRose and Jos Stam were honored for their scientific and practical implementation of subdivision surfaces as a modeling technique in motion picture production. Subdivision surfaces has become a preferred modeling primitive for many types of motion picture computer graphics.
As a preferred modeling technology essential for many types of motion picture computer graphics, subdivision surfaces is an algorithmic theory enabling animators to smooth surfaces and create shapes with a sequence of successively refined polyhedral meshes. Originating in 1978 with initial concept development by Ed Catmull, famed computer graphics researcher and award co-recipient, Stam and co-recipient Tony DeRose were key contributors to the evolution of subdivision surfaces. Stam and DeRose made the technology practical, resulting in the possibility to create more advanced virtual buildings, lifelike characters and realistic garments.
Stam's work has since been implemented into the Maya product line and documented in numerous published journals and influential conference papers.Related LinksSciTech OscarsJos StamAutodesk