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.
Perlin was founding director of the NYU Media Research Laboratory and
also directed the NYU Center for Advanced Technology from 1994–2004.
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.
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