Mathematics Department Talk: Tony DeRose, Pixar Animation Studio, September 18th @ 4 pm at the Campus Theatre


Title: Math in the Movies


Abstract:  Abstract: Film making has undergone a revolution brought on by advances in areas such as computer technology, geometry, and applied mathematics. Using numerous examples drawn from Pixar’s feature films, this talk will provide a behind the scenes look at the role that math has played in the revolution.


Speaker biography: Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar (c) winning short film “Geri’s game”, in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, and in 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (c) for his work on surface representations. In addition to his research interests, Tony is also involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant for middle and high school students. One such initiative is the Young Makers Program that supports youth in building ambitious hands-on projects of their own choosing.

Student Talk Series: Jeffrey Langford, Mathematics Department, September 4th @ noon in Olin 268


Title:  Mathematical Magic


Abstract:  It takes a true magician decades to cultivate his or her skill. But in this talk, I’ll show you everything you need to amaze your friends, all in under an hour. What’s the trick? Magic? Not really. We’ll tap into our mathematical skill – something we’ve been honing for years. Come to this talk, and I’ll show you how to turn mathematical muscle into magical prowess.