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Computer scientist wins Academy Award for work on Avatar

March 8, 2010

Paul E. Debevec, a University of Southern California computer scientist, has been awarded an Academy Award for special effects.

Debevec leads the graphics laboratory at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. The 38-year-old professor's award is for his work on digital facial-rendering technology.

In Avatar, a futuristic film set among the alien Na'vi people on the moon Pandora, Debevec's techniques helped map the faces of live actors onto digital puppets, creating astonishing realism amid fantasy.


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