Oscar winner Jon Cohen will discuss his experiences working in the special effects industry. Cohen is Senior Manager of CUDA software library development at NVIDIA. Before joining NVIDIA, Cohen worked in the Hollywood feature film visual effects industry, where he developed software for films including The Cat in the Hat and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
He led development of the sand simulation and rendering system for Spider-Man 3 as a Computer Graphics Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Cohen was awarded an Academy Award (Technical Achievement Award) in 2007 from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his work on fluid simulation and volumetric modeling for visual effects. He received an undergraduate degree from Brown in Mathematics and Computer Science.