GS03 KEYNOTE: Creativity and Problem-solving at Pixar

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Thursday, November 17

Grand Ballroom

While creativity is often associated with art, it is equally important in problem-solving. In this keynote from Pixar’s Tony DeRose, you will explore both sides of this equation through the experiences of one of the most creative and innovative companies in the world. You will learn about Pixar’s movie-making process and see how the creativity applied to its films is also applied to how the company creates technical solutions to challenges. You will also discover how this unique approach to creative challenges can be applied to education.

Tony DeRose

Research Group Lead

Pixar Animation Studios

Tony DeRose leads the research group at Pixar Animation Studios. A major contributor to the Oscar-winning short film Geri’s Game, Dr. DeRose has received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award and a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering more inspiring and relevant for middle and high school students. Among them are Pixar in a Box, a collaboration with Khan Academy designed to show students how creative challenges at Pixar are addressed using concepts that they’re learning in classrooms, and the Young Makers Program, which supports youth in building ambitious hands-on projects of their own choosing. Dr. DeRose holds a BS in physics and a PhD in computer science.

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