Paul Debevec

Expert in digital visual effects, virtual reality, digital photography, holograms, video doctoring and virtual actors

Associate Director, Graphics Research, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Research Associate Professor, USC Computer Science


  • visual and special effects
  • 3-D technologies
  • cinematography
  • image processing
  • virtual actors
  • digital movie sets
  • computer graphics
  • simulation
  • graphics, animation and rendering
  • video games
  • digital photography and imaging
  • lighting
  • Hollywood movie digital effects
  • photogrammetry
  • fake videos
  • photorealism
  • high dynamic range imaging

Additional Information

  • Won a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award® for Light Stage technology used for computer-generated actors
  • Credited on films including Avatar, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Superman Returns, King Kong and Spider Man 2
  • Received Lillian Gilbreth lectureship from National Academy of Engineering in 2005
  • Co-authored 2005 book High Dynamic Range Imaging from Morgan Kaufmann
  • Named one of world’s top 100 young innovators by MIT Technology Review in 2002
  • Is vice president of ACM SIGGRAPH
  • Received ACM SIGGRAPH’s first Significant New Researcher Award for Creative and Innovative Work in the Field of Image-Based Modeling and Rendering in 2001
  • Chaired 2007 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival
  • Is a member of Visual Effects Society


  • French


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