FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 May 2002
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Sheila Hoffmeyer/Ann Kilhoffer
DAVID B. KIRK TO RECEIVE
2002 COMPUTER GRAPHICS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM ACM SIGGRAPH
Conference: 21-26 July 2002
Exhibition: 23-25 July 2002
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas USA
David B. Kirk, NVIDIA Corporation, is the 2002 Computer
Graphics Achievement Award recipient. The award recognizes
his major accomplishments that have provided a significant
advance in the state of the art of computer graphics and
is still significant and apparent. Kirk was selected for
the award to recognize his key technical role in bringing
high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass
market. Kirk will receive his award this summer at SIGGRAPH
2002, 21 - 26 July 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Kirk has been involved in graphics hardware and algorithm
research for almost two decades. After receiving training
at MIT in mechanical engineering, he received his BS and
MS degrees there in 1982 and 1984. Kirk joined Raster
Technologies working on the Raster Tech Model 1, Model
1/25, and Model 1/80, which offered z-buffering and shading
in firmware. In 1984, he joined Apollo Computer. Along
with Doug Voorhies and Olin Lathrop, he co-architected
one of the outstanding graphics workstations of the day:
the Apollo DN1000VS, the first workstation to offer hardware
texture mapping. Kirk has published extensively with collaborator
James Arvo, researching algorithms for ray-tracing acceleration,
object-oriented ray tracing, and global illumination.
He has also edited Graphics Gems III.
In 1989, Kirk went back to school at Caltech, earning
a second MS and a PhD degree in computer science. His
thesis, "Accurate and Precise Computation Using Analog
VLSI, with Applications to Computer Graphics and Neural
Networks," was completed in 1993. He then joined Crystal
Dynamics as a computer game developer. Kirk said, "It
was in this job that I developed a passion for the mass
market and bringing graphics to the world."
To accomplish that vision, he joined NVIDIA in 1996. There
he drove development of the RIVA128, the RIVA TNT, the
GeForce, the GeForce2, GeForce3, and GeForce4. Today he
serves as chief scientist and vice president of architecture
at NVIDIA. Kirkís vision, dedication to that vision, and
achievement in realizing it has influenced the world and
computer graphicsí place in it.
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