Saturday, January 17, 2015

Robert Bridson-NL Mathematician-won Oscar for computer modeling

Robert Bridson, a Mathematician who grew up in Newfoundland, has won a Technical Oscar for computer modeling used in making movies. 
"The actual award will be presented to Bridson on Feb. 22 in Hollywood, California."

He is from Portugal Cove - outside St. John's, NL.
He attended Bishops College High School in St. John's - graduated 1994.
https://twitter.com/bishopsbarons/status/556504459774545920
He won a Bronze medal at the IMO - International Mathematical Olympiad - in 1994.
http://www.imo-official.org/country_individual_r.aspx?code=CAN&column=year&order=desc&gender=hide&nameform=western&language=en
Ph.D. Stanford 2003     MMATH Waterloo 1999     BMATH Waterloo 1998

I thought you might be interested to listen to an interview & read the following articles to see how math & physics are used to create software that artists then use to create events in movies.

This might make math & physics classes seem more fun for many people.
He uses Newton's 3rd Law & physics.

You can hear him speak from 0.30 to 10:58 minutes.
He is charming - immediately likeable !
Audio interview - Jan 17, 2015
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Newfoundland/ID/2648445093/
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The Second Edition of his book, Fluid Simulation for Computer Graphics (2008)is expected to be available for purchase by 26 August 2015
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482232837 
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He has worked on software that is used in the following very famous movies:
NOTE:  This list is not in any order.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Adventures of Tintin
Gravity
X-Men: First Class
Prequel to Star Wars
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Inkheart
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Boat that Rocked/Pirate Radio
Quantum of Solace
The Dark Knight
Hell Boy II: The Golden Army
Avatar
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean 4

He is a Math Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~rbridson/
 "As of August 2013 I am no longer a full-time professor at UBC, but retain adjunct status.
I am now a Senior Principal Research Scientist for Visual Effects at Autodesk"
http://www.autodesk.com/industry/media-entertainment/film-tv
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Newfoundland's first Oscar winner recognized for technical achievements
CBC News
Posted:Jan 17, 2015 5:49 AM NT - Last Updated:Jan 17, 2015 5:49 AM NT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/newfoundland-s-first-oscar-winner-recognized-for-technical-achievements-1.2912955
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Math goes to the movies
June 27, 2012
http://connect.siam.org/math-goes-to-the-movies/

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