Congratulations to William Reeves and William Buxton who received honorary degrees this June!
William T. Reeves, an alumnus of the University, has made transformative contributions to the technology of making films and the aesthetics of watching them. He has played a key role in bringing computational tools to the art of animation and has demonstrated that mathematics, computer science, software development and art can be combined to make amazing images.
After completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1980, Dr. Reeves was hired by Lucasfilm as a member of that studio’s ground breaking computer graphics group. By 1982, he had invented Particle Systems, a new image synthesis technique that represents a major advance over earlier animation techniques. In 1986, Dr. Reeves joined the fledgling Pixar Animation Studios and created another revolution in technology with Luxo Jr, a short film featuring two playful desk lamps that was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1995, he was Supervising Technical Director for the movie Toy Story, Pixar’s first full-length feature animation film and one that changed the film industry. Dr. Reeves’ pioneering technology has been recognized with two Scientific and Engineering Academy Awards.
On June 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. the University of Toronto conferred the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa
, upon Dr. Reeves.
See the U of T News story on Bill Reeves HERE.
Bill Buxton, an alumnus and former faculty member of the University, is a Toronto-based scientist, designer, writer and lecturer. He has spent 40 years focusing on human aspects of technology—particularly concerning creative applications such as music, film and industrial design. His work has helped pave the way for many of the things taken for granted today—such as the multi-touch screen on phones or slates, or the technology used to video-conference. Mr. Buxton is currently a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a researcher at Xerox PARC and as Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. – where he was co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement in 2003. Among his many accolades, Mr. Buxton was the 10th recipient of the ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and was elected a Fellow of the ACM in 2009. He has received honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Queen’s University, and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands and has been named among the World’s Most Influential Designers by BusinessWeek.
On June 6, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. the University of Toronto conferred the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa
, upon Mr. Buxton.
See the U of T News story on Bill Buxton HERE.
The Office of Convocation archived webcasts of the William Reeves and William Buxton convocations HERE.