Indian-American engineer bags Oscar for technical achievement

Indian-American Parag Havaldar has been named in the list of 18 achievements announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its 2017 Scientific and Technical awards. He was honoured for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks. His pioneering system enabled large-scale use of animation rig-based facial performance-capture for motion pictures, combining solutions for tracking, stabilisation, solving and animator-controllable curve editing. The technology developed by him is used to create stylised and realistic character animations in a variety of movies, including Alice in Wonderland, Hancock, Spiderman and Monster House. Havaldar is a computer engineer from IIT-Kharagpur and also holds PhD in computer vision and graphics from University of Southern California. Currently, he is a software supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.