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A Conversation with Alumni Bill Buxton and Bill Reeves

Buxton-Reeves Conversation_012On Wednesday, June 5, Professor David Naylor hosted a conversation with alumni and recent honorary degree recipients William Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and William Reeves, Pixar Animation Studios. The event was moderated by Professor Eugene Fiume, Department of Computer Science, and more than 200 University students, faculty, staff, community members, and leaders from both the public and private sectors attended.

Buxton and Reeves are pioneers and scholars who have revolutionized the field of digital technology. Dr. William Buxton has spent 40 years focusing on human aspects of technology and created a wide array of devices that anticipated today’s popular multi-touch screen on phones and slates, and the technology used to video-conference.

Multi-Academy Award winner Dr. William Reeves played a pivotal role in bringing computational tools to the art of animation. His film credits include: Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Toy Story 3 (2010), and most recently, Monster’s University (2013).

From the U of T News: http://news.utoronto.ca/u-t-celebrates-its-digital-media-pioneers

Watch the event here…

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A high-definition HTML5 version is also available.