Norman I. Badler

Norman I. Badler

Rachleff Family Professor
Computer and Information Science (CIS)
Bioengineering (BE)

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Honors and Awards:  Rachleff Family Chair of Computer and Information Science – 2013 - , Penn Faculty Undergraduate Mentoring Award – 2017, IFAAMAS (International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) Influential paper Award – 2017, Penn Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund Award – 2009, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science – 2001-05, Cecilia Fitler Moore Department Chair of Computer and Information Science – 1990-94

Research Expertise: Computer Graphics | Computer Animation | 3D Digital Humanities

Badler’s research has focused on software methods to acquire, simulate, animate, and control 3D computer graphics humans, including body, face, gesture, locomotion, and manual task motions, both individually and for heterogeneous groups. His present interests extend those topics to involve interdisciplinary digital humanities: the real-time graphics simulation of human presence and activities from ancient cultures in reconstructed virtual environments. He has supervised or co-supervised 62 PhD students, many of whom have become academics or researchers in the movie visual effects and game industries. He is the founding Director of the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, and the ViDi Center for Digital Visualization at Penn. He is also the founder and Director of the Digital Media Design undergraduate Engineering degree within Computer and Information Science in SEAS.

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