Prof. James F. O’Brien

 
 

Professor of Computer Science

University of California at Berkeley


I am a professor in the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. I received my doctorate in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


I am generally interested in most areas of Computer Graphics and Animation. My research specifically focuses on graphics, computer animation, simulations of physical systems, human perception, and the forensic analysis of images and video.



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The Berkeley Computer Graphics Group

 


Academy Award:

  1. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement ( A Sci-Tech Oscar ):

  2. To Ben Cole for the design of the Kali Destruction System, to Eric Parker for the development of the Digital Molecular Matter toolkit, and to James O’Brien for his influential research on the finite element methods that served as a foundation for these tools.

  3. The combined innovations in Kali and DMM provide artists with an intuitive, art-directable system for the creation of scalable and realistic fracture and deformation simulations. These tools established finite element methods as a new reference point for believable on-screen destruction.

Recent/upcoming talks and papers:

  1. AoIR 2016

  2. Seeing Is Believing: Do People Fail to Identify Fake Images on the Web?

  3. M. Kasra, C. Shen, J. F. O'Brien

  4. SCA 2016

  5. Repurposing Hand Animation for Interactive Applications

  6. S. Bailey, M. Watt, J. F. O'Brien

  7. SIGGRAPH 2015

  8. Optimal Presentation of Imagery with Focus Cues on Multi-Plane Displays

  9. R. Narain, R. A. Albert, A. Bulbul, G. J. Ward, M. Banks, J. F. O'Brien

  10. SIGGRAPH 2014

  11. Adaptive Tearing and Cracking of Thin Sheets

  12. T. Pfaff, R. Narain, J. M. de Joya, J. F. O'Brien

  13. Exposing Photo Manipulation from Shading and Shadows

  14. E. Kee, J. F. O'Brien, H. Farid

  15. Self-Refining Games using Player Analytics

  16. M. Stanton, B. Humberston, B. Kase, J. F. O'Brien, K. Fatahalian, A. Treuille 

 

Contact Information:

  1. EECS, Computer Science Division

  2. 527 Soda Hall, Mail Code 1776

  3. University of California at Berkeley

  4. Berkeley, California 94720-1776


  1. Office Phone: (510) 642-0865

  2. E-Mail:


Spring 2017 Office Hours:

  1. Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Images from current and past research projects.

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2015 Oscars: 
Scientific and Technical Awardshttp://www.oscars.org/news/21-scientific-and-technical-achievements-be-honored-academy-awardsr