Ken Perlin

Chief Scientist - AR/VR

Type: Scientist

Ken Perlin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University, directs the NYU Games for Learning Institute and is a participating faculty member in the NYU Media and Games Network (MAGNET). He was also founding director of the Media Research Laboratory and director of the NYU Center for Advanced Technology. His research interests include graphics, animation, augmented and mixed reality, user interfaces, science education, and multimedia. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, also called Perlin noise, which are widely used in feature films and television, as well as the 2008 ACM/SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the TrapCode Award for achievement in computer graphics research, the NYC Mayor’s Award for excellence in science and technology, the Sokol Award for outstanding science faculty at NYU, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He is a serial entrepreneur, helping create multitouch- and VR-focused ventures like TouchCo, Holojam, and Tactonic Technologies.