Richard Weinberg

    Research Associate Professor



    Richard Weinberg, Ph.D., is a research associate professor in DADA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He earned a B.S. in computer science and psychology at Cornell University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Minnesota, and received their Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003. Prior to joining USC, he developed computer graphics software for tropical storm analysis at Control Data, produced 3D computer animation software and animated films simulating future flights and operations of the space shuttle at NASA and Lockheed Electronics, and founded the Computer Graphics Group at supercomputer manufacturer Cray Research. He joined USC in 1985 as the founding director of the USC Computer Animation Laboratory, and has been instrumental in expanding the role of computer animation and digital technology at the School ever since. His laboratory produced the computer animation for five 70mm IMAX films. He heads the School’s TBS internship with Tokyo Broadcasting System in Japan. His digital films 24 Flowers per Second and MicrOrganisms have been streamed via CineGrid from USC to conferences in San Diego, San Francisco, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Prague. He received the 2009 Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) in Network Innovations for Educational Applications Award for the system to stream interactive high definition movies from USC to distant audiences, and their 2011 award for Digital Cinema Microscopy, streaming 4k tele-microscopy from USC to Tokyo. His 4k digital movie of microscopic life In the Pond premiered at the CineGrid conference in 2008, and was made on a high-resolution digital microscopy system that he developed, followed by MicrOrganisms and others. His 4k microscopy was featured at the grand opening of the new Exploratorium in San Francisco in 2013, projected on the facade of the building. Currently he is working on a 4k movie I, Butterfly about the monarch butterfly. His research interests include digital cinema, microscopy, computer animation, scientific visualization, and high-speed networks systems.