CMU Silicon Valley welcomes Alvy Ray Smith

Date/Time: October 9, 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (PT) 

Location: CMU Silicon Valley Campus: Bldg 23, Rm 227

4:00 - 5:00 PM happy hour and check in at the lobby

Alvy Ray Smith

Source: Alvy Ray Smith

Co-founder of Pixar and pioneer in computer graphics

A Story from Alvy Ray Smith, co-founder of Pixar

Dr. Alvy Ray Smith co-founded the four centers of computer graphics excellence: Altamira, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory. He was the co-founder and EVP of Pixar and co-founder and CEO of Altamira which was acquired by Microsoft.

He will be sharing a story, a history that few know - start from the first pixels in 1947 and proceed up the Moore's Law curve, the unceasing supernova dynamo of all things modern, to the current time with computers 10 billion times more powerful than they were when he did his first graphic in 1965.

He will be showing the advances, both in stills and videos, using the group now known as Pixar as exemplary at every order-of-magnitude delivered by Moore's Law. He will explain the secrets of the success of the group and even share a story that is generally unknown or commonly misrepresented.

Smith holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University (dissertation: Cellular Automata Theory). He received an honorary doctorate from New Mexico State University, his undergraduate alma mater, in Dec 1999.