IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar garners prestigious ‘Technical Oscar’

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An IIT Kharagpur alumnus has won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award, popularly called the ‘Technical Oscar’, awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Parag Havaldar, who graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1991 with a degree in computer science and engineering, has been awarded for “The development of expression-based facial performance –capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks”.

A software supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Havaldar leads the team in the area of performance capture. The technology developed by him and his team has been used to create stylized character animations.

The Academy webpage reads, “This pioneering system has enabled large-scale use of animation rig-based facial performance-capture for motion pictures, combining solutions for tracking, stabilization, solving and animator controllable curve editing.”

Havaldar will be awarded a certificate from the Academy at Beverly Hills on Feb 11. His busy corporate schedule doesn’t deter Havaldar from continuing his research. He is also a part-time teacher of multimedia at the University of Southern California, from where he pursued his PhD in computer vision and graphics.


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