Patrick (Pat) Hanrahan


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Most Recent Affiliation(s):


  • Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Canon USA Professor

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  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University

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  • Pat Hanrahan is the CANON Professor at Stanford University.  His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, virtual worlds, and graphics architectures. While at Pixar Animation Studios, he was the chief architect of the RenderMan interface. Previously, he directed the computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology.

    He has received three teaching awards, two Academy Awards, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Stephen A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    SIGGRAPH 2011

    Pat Hanrahan is a computer graphics researcher, the Canon USA Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research focuses on  rendering algorithms, graphics processing units, as well as scientific illustration and visualization. Hanrahan received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. In the 1980s, he worked at the New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Laboratory, Digital Equipment Corporation, and at Pixar. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Princeton University. In 1995, he moved to Stanford University. As a founding employee at Pixar Animation Studios in the 1980s, Hanrahan was part of the design of the RenderMan Interface Specification and the RenderMan Shading Language. More recently, Hanrahan has served as a co-founder and CTO of Tableau Software. He has been involved with several Pixar productions, including Tin Toy, The Magic Egg, and Toy Story.  

    SIGGRAPH 1993

    Pat Hanrahan is an associate professor of computer science at Princeton University where he teaches computer graphics. His current research involves volume rendering, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures. Before joining Princeton he worked at Pixar where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the Renderman™ Interface, a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes for high quality rendering programs. Prior to Pixar he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology.

    SIGGRAPH 1992

    Patrick Hanrahan is an associate professor of computer science at Princeton University where he teaches computer graphics. Before joining the faculty at Princeton University, he worked at Pixar where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the Render Man® Interface, a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Previous to Pixar, he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Hanrahan is the author of numerous articles on image synthesis and scientific visualization. His current research involves volume rendering, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures.  

    SIGGRAPH 1991

    Pat Hanrahan  is on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University where he teaches computer graphics. In 1990 he received the E-Council Award for Excellence in Teaching. His primary research interests are in the fundamental algorithms and computer architectures underlying computer graphics. Before joining Princeton, Dr. Hanrahan was a Senior Scientist at Pixar in San Rafael, CA. While at Pixar he developed software for the Pixar image computer, and was the chief architect of the RenderMan(TM) Interface – a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Previous to Pixar he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at New York Institute of Technology.  

    SIGGRAPH 1990

    Pat Hanrahan  is on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University where he teaches computer graphics. In 1990 he received the E-Council Award for Excellence in Teaching. His primary research interests are in the fundamental algorithms and computer architectures underlying computer graphics. Before joining Princeton, Dr. Hanrahan was a Senior Scientist at Pixar in San Rafael, CA. While at Pixar he developed software for the Pixar image computer, and was the chief architect of the RenderMan(TM) Interface – a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Previous to Pixar he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at New York Institute of Technology.  

     


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