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Ken Perlin is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University. His research interests include graphics, animation, and multimedia. He has developed or been involved with developing techniques such as Perlin noise, Hypertexture, Real-Time Interactive Character Animation, and computer-user interfaces such as Zooming User Interfaces and stylus-based input[citation needed].

Perlin was founding director of the NYU Media Research Laboratory and also directed the NYU Center for Advanced Technology from 19942004. He was the System Architect for computer generated animation at Mathematical Applications Group, Inc., where he worked on TRON. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Software Industry Association. Perlin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University, and a B.A. in theoretical mathematics from Harvard University.

Dr. Perlin is an accomplished pianist and classical guitarist. He is fluent in French and Portuguese.


In January 2004 he was the featured artist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2002 he received the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and the Sokol award for outstanding Science faculty at NYU. In 1997 he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television. In 1991 he received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation

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