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Richard Weinberg, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

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Work Phone: 213.740.3239

Richard Weinberg, Ph.D. is a research associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

His digital film 24 Flowers per Second has been streamed from USC to conferences in San Diego, San Francisco, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Prague. He received the 2009 Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) in Network Innovations for Educational Applications Award for the system to stream interactive high definition movies from USC to distant audiences. His 4k digital movie of microscopic life In the Pond premiered at the CineGrid conference in 2008, and was made on a high-resolution digital microscopy system that he developed. In 2009, his 4k digital movie MicrOrganisms premiered at the CineGrid Conference, followed by presentations of The AnyQuarium and Crystallized Sea Water on an 86-monitor videowall in 2010. His recent grant Time Capsule 2050 from IBM is for envisioning the future and preparing a time capsule to be opened in 2050. He has received a ten-year grant in 2010 of multiple high bandwidth optical fibers to connect the School of Cinematic Art to global ultra-high speed research networks. An article that he wrote, “Producing and Streaming High Resolution Digital Movies of Microscopic Subjects” will appear in Future Generation Computer Systems in 2011. His laboratory has produced the computer animation for five 70mm IMAX films. He speaks frequently in Japan and is a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Technology. He joined USC in 1985 as founding director of the USC Computer Animation Laboratory. Prior to that, he developed computer graphics software for tropical storm analysis at Control Data, produced 3D computer animation software and animated films simulating future flights and operations of the space shuttle at NASA and Lockheed Electronics, and founded the Computer Graphics Group at supercomputer manufacturer Cray Research.

He earned a B.S. in computer science and psychology at Cornell University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include computer animation, scientific visualization, and high-speed networks systems.