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INVENTOR, SCIENTIST, AND AUTHOR...
HILLIS ADDRESSES "THE BIG PICTURE" AT SIGGRAPH 2001
Hillis, chairman and chief technology officer of Applied Minds,
Inc., presents the SIGGRAPH 2001 keynote address, "The Big
Picture," at the 28th International Conference on Computer
Graphics & Interactive Techniques, 12 - 17 August at the Los
Angeles Convention Center. Hillis will discuss how as technological
change continues to deliver new marvels and new possibilities,
it is easy to lose track of the larger perspective. Technological
progress, in particular the evolution of computer graphics,
can best be understood as part of the bigger story of the
evolution of human intelligence and its relationship to the
Over 40,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals
from six continents will gather to showcase their best work
to a multi-disciplinary international community. A comprehensive
technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities
focusing on research, art, animation, and interactive technologies
"The experience and interests of Danny Hillis span the worlds
of science and engineering, entertainment and electronics,"
said Lynn Pocock, SIGGRAPH 2001 Conference Chair from the
New York Institute of Technology. "His work developing advanced
technologies to change the way people work and play should
be of great interest to our technical community."
Applied Minds, Inc. was recently founded as a research and
development company creating a range of new products and services
in software, entertainment, electronics, biotechnology, and
mechanical design. Previously, Hillis was Vice President,
Research and Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, and
was named the first Disney Fellow in 1996. At Disney, he developed
new technologies and business strategies for theme parks,
television, motion pictures, Internet, and consumer products
businesses. Hillis also designed new theme park rides, a full-sized
walking robot dinosaur, and various micro mechanical devices.
An inventor, scientist, and computer designer, Hillis pioneered
the concept of parallel computer that is now the basis for
most supercomputers, as well as the RAID disk array technology
used to store large databases. In 1983 he co-founded Thinking
Machines, Corp. which was the first company to build and market
such systems successfully. Hillis holds over 40 U.S. patents,
covering parallel computer, disk arrays, forgery prevention
methods, and various electronic and mechanical devices.
Hillis has published scientific papers in journals such as
Science, Nature, Modern Biology, Communications of the ACM,
and International Journal of Theoretical Physics. He recently
published his second book, "The Pattern on the Stone," in
which he explains the basic ideas that make computers work.
Hillis is the recipient of numerous awards, including the
Hopper Award for his contributions to computer science, the
Spirit of American Creativity Award for his inventions, and
the Ramanujan Award for his work in applied mathematics. He
is a Fellow of the Association of Computer Machinery and a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Immediately preceding the keynote, ACM SIGGRAPH will present
three awards: The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding
Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, the Computer
Graphics Achievement Award, and the Significant New Researcher
Award. SIGGRAPH 2001 is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading
professional society for computer graphics and interactive
techniques. Information on ACM SIGGRAPH membership and other
conferences and activities can be found at www.siggraph.org.
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