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Richard Weinberg

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Richard Weinberg

Richard Weinberg, Ph.D., is a research associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He earned a B.S. (1973) in computer science and psychology at Cornell University, and an M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1982) in Computer and Information Science from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining USC, he developed computer graphics software for tropical storm analysis at Control Data, produced 3D computer animation software and animated films simulating future flights and operations of the space shuttle at NASA and Lockheed Electronics, and founded the Computer Graphics Group at supercomputer manufacturer Cray Research. In 1985, he joined USC as the founding director of the USC Computer Animation Laboratory, and has been instrumental in expanding the role of computer animation and digital technology at the School ever since.

His laboratory has produced the computer animation for five 70mm IMAX films. As a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Technology, he speaks frequently in Japan. He has received numerous grants from technology companies in the areas of computer systems, graphics systems, software and networks. He received the University of Minnesota Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.

He is USC's lead researcher in the CineGrid project, connecting researchers at locations around the world with ultra-high resolution digital moving image technologies utilizing 10 gigabit networks. His digital animation, "24 Flowers per Second" has been streamed live in 4k resolution to Tokyo, San Diego, San Francisco and Prague for iGrid, CineGrid and Audio Engineering Society conferences. His research interests include computer animation, scientific visualization, digital cinema, and high-speed network systems.