Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec

Adjunct Professor
Institute for Creative Technologies

Research Professor
USC School of Engineering Computer Science Department

Paul Debevec is a research professor of computer science at the University of Southern California and the adjunct professor at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Debevec’s Ph.D. thesis (UC Berkeley, 1996) presented Façade, an image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photoreal architectural models from photographs. Using Façade he led the creation of virtual cinematography of the Berkeley campus for his 1997 film, The Campanile Movie, whose techniques were used to create virtual backgrounds in The Matrix. Subsequently, Debevec pioneered high dynamic range image-based lighting techniques in his films Rendering with Natural Light (1998), Fiat Lux (1999), and The Parthenon (2004); he also leads the design of HDR Shop, the first high dynamic range image editing program. At ICT, Debevec has led the development of a series of Light Stage devices for capturing and simulating how objects and people reflect light. They have been used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as Spider-Man 2, Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar. Debevec received ACM SIGGRAPH’s first Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 and co-authored the 2005 book High Dynamic Range Imaging from Morgan Kaufmann. In addition, he chaired the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival and is Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH. In 2010, he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award® for his work on the Light Stage systems.