Steve leads the Mixed Reality Capture Studios program at Microsoft, creating high-quality holograms or real people and performances for Mixed Reality and 2D applications. Current stages are located in San Francisco, Seattle, and London, with more to come. For more information see www.microsoft.com/en-us/mixed-reality/capture-studios. From 2002-2012, he was Director of R&D and then Senior Technology Officer at ILM/Lucasfilm. He led R&D across the Lucas Divisions, driving both strategy and execution to advance the state of the art in computer graphics and production technologies for film, TV, and games. Steve contributed to over 70 films including the Star Wars prequels, Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Minority Report, among many others. He received three Academy Awards for Technology for match-moving, image-based modeling, and on-set motion capture, and the R&D team earned nine more for work during his tenure. He is an inventor on over 20 patents, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on the Academy's Science and Technology Council. He received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis on automatic object modeling, recognition, and surface representations.
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