The School of Computing is excited to report that Dr. Robert Geist has just received R&D credit in the recently released film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Weta Digital. Robert spent 8 weeks of his Fall, 2011 sabbatical in Wellington, New Zealand, at Weta Digital, where he worked on normal map filtering techniques. He says, "It was a wonderful experience! The people at Weta are terrific. I had a great time, and it caused me to completely change the contents of the graphics course I teach. I would go back and do it all again, if I could."
Robert Geist is a Professor in the School of Computing at Clemson University. He served as Interim Director of the School in 2007-2008, and he is co-founder of Clemson's Digital Production Arts Program. He received an M.A. in Computer science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Duke University before joining the faculty at Clemson University. He is a member of IFIP WG 7.3, a recipient of the Günther Enderle Award (Best Paper, Eurographics), and a Distinguished Educator of the ACM.