2018 SID/DSCC Display Week Conference May 21st - May 24th, 2018 LA Convention Center
Paul Debevec Senior Scientist Google VR
Abstract:“Welcome to Light Fields for Virtual Reality”: I will discuss the technology and production processes behind “Welcome to Light Fields”, the first downloadable virtual reality experience based on light field capture techniques which allow the visual appearance of an explorable volume of space to be recorded and re-projected photo-realistically in VR enabling full 6DOF head movement. I will also provide a brief update on the use of the Light Stage systems at USC ICT in creating realistic digital characters such as "Digital Mike" for Virtual Reality and the Young Rachel character in Blade Runner: 2049. Bio: Paul Debevec is a Senior Scientist at Google VR and Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, working within the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Debevec's computer graphics research has been recognized with ACM SIGGRAPH's first Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 for “Creative and Innovative Work in the Field of Image-Based Modeling and Rendering”, a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010 for “the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures” with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar, and the SMPTE Progress Medal in 2017 in recognition of his achievements and ongoing work in pioneering techniques for illuminating computer-generated objects based on measurement of real-world illumination and their effective commercial application in numerous Hollywood films. In 2014, he was profiled in The New Yorker magazine's “Pixel Perfect: The Scientist Behind the Digital Cloning of Actors” article by Margaret Talbot and worked with the Smithsonian Institution to scan a 3D model of President Barack Obama at The White House.