A U.C. Santa Barbara faculty member has something on his bookshelf besides books today.
He has an Academy Award.
Theodore Kim received an Oscar for technical achievement over the weekend, at the Academy’s Scientific & Technical Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills.
Kim is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UCSB, who helped developed the technology now commonly used by
Hollywood to create more realistic looking fire, and smoke effects.
He shared the award with researchers at special effects studio ScanLine VFX, Cornell University, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Among the movies which have used the new technology is the blockbuster “Avitar.”