Ari Shapiro

Expert in digital graphics, animation, visual effects and 3-D production

Research Assistant Professor

Head of Character Animation and Simulation research group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies


  • video games
  • computer graphics
  • computer animation
  • mobile apps
  • avatars
  • digitizing people
  • visual effects for movies
  • interactive characters
  • motion capture
  • techniques for 3D production
  • AI and interaction
  • uncanny valley
  • 3-D scanning

Additional Information

  • International academic reputation in computer graphics/computer animation, animated chaaracters
  • Worked at R&D at top visual effects companies:
    • Industrial Light and Magic (makers of Star Wars)
    • Rhythm and Hues Studios
  • Worked at top video game companies:
    • LucasArts

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