Jessica K. Hodgins

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Disney Research Pittsburgh, School of Computer Science, Computer Science and Robotics, Professor

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Facebook AI Research


  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America


  • SIGGRAPH 2007

    Jessica Hodgins is a professor in the Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to moving to CMU, she was an an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. She has received a NSF Young Investigator Award, a Packard Fellowship, and a Sloan Fellowship. She was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2000-2002 and Papers Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003. Her research focuses on human animation, humanoid robotics, human-robot interaction, and perception of human motion.

    SIGGRAPH 1995

    Jessica K. Hodgins received a B A degree in Mathematics from Yale University in 1981, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Her PhD thesis was entitled Legged Robots on Rough Terrain Experiments in Adjusting Step Length. From 1989 to 1990, Hodgins was a postdoctoral researcher in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where she continued her studies on the dynamics of legged locomotion. From 1990 to 1992, Hodgins was in the Computer Animation and Image Synthesis Group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. While at IBM she explored the use of robot control techniques as a tool for generating motion for computer animation. Hodgins is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing Center at Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center. Her research focuses on the coordination and control of dynamic physical systems, both natural and human-made and explores techniques that may someday allow robots and animated creatures to plan and control their actions in complex and unpredictable environments. In 1994 she received an NSF Young Investigator Award and was awarded a Packard Fellowship. In 1995 she received a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autonomous Mobile Robots  


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