Paul Debevec is a Research Professor at the University of Southern California and the Chief Visual Officer at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies where he leads the Graphics Laboratory. His 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 USC ICT, Debevec has led the development of a series of Light Stage devices for capturing and simulating how objects and people reflect light, used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as Spider Man 2, Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, The Avengers, Oblivion, Gravity, and Maleficent. In 2010, he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award® for his work on the Light Stage systems.
Debevec is an IEEE Senior Member and Co-Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Science and Technology Council. He is also a member of the Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. He served on the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of ACM SIGGRAPH, chaired the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival and co-chaired Pacific Graphics 2006 and the 2002 Eurographics Workshop on Rendering. www.pauldebevec.com