Jos Stam (born 28 December 1965 in The Hague, Netherlands) is a researcher in the field of computer graphics, focusing on the simulation of natural physical phenomena for 3D-computer animation. He achieved technical breakthroughs with the simulation of fluids and gases, new rendering algorithms and subdivision surfaces, which are a mix between two previously incompatible worlds of Nurbs- and polygon-modeling in 3D.
Education and career
Jos Stam's maternal grandfather was the Dutch politician Sim Visser. His father Jos Stam was born in Rotterdam (Netherlands), emigrated to the US in 1956 and became a US citizen in 1964. There he met his wife, Alida Wilhelmina Visser, born in Wassenaar (Netherlands). In early 1965, the couple moved back to Europe with their two children.
In order to avoid statelessness for their third child, the family stopped over in The Hague. After Jos' birth they moved to Geneva (Switzerland), Dordrecht (Netherlands) and in 1972 back to Geneva. There he went to school and in 1988 received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a year later in Pure Mathematics, both at the University of Geneva, and his Masters and Ph. D. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. After graduating, he held two postdoc positions, one at INRIA (in Paris, France) and one at VTT (in Helsinki, Finland).
He then joined SGI's Alias|wavefront division (which later spun out as Alias Systems Corporation) as a full-time researcher in Toronto and Seattle. He started with particle systems for the PowerAnimator software package. Then he made significant contributions to the fluids simulation component of Alias' Maya 3D content creation software product. As a result of Alias being acquired by Autodesk in early 2006, Stam became a "Senior Research Scientist" at Autodesk, Inc. in Toronto. At Alias and Autodesk Jos Stem has worked closely together with Duncan Brinsmead, another expert in the simulation of natural phenomena.
- SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award (2005) for his contributions to the field of computer graphics
- Academy Award for Technical Achievement (2005) for his work on subdivision surfaces and their resulting impact in the film industry.
- Academy Award for Technical Achievement (2008) for the design and implementation of the Maya Fluid Effects system.
- Stochastic Dynamics: Simulating the Effects of Turbulence on Flexible Structures, in Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics'97 Proceedings), Volume 16, Number 3, 1997, p. 159-164
- On Subdivision Schemes Generalizing Uniform B-spline Surfaces of Arbitrary Degree, in Computer Aided Geometric Design. Special Edition on Subdivision Surfaces, Volume 18, 2001, p. 383-396
- Jos Stam (sen.) was a victim of the bombings of Rotterdam by the Nazis in 1940 and in 1944 of the Razzia of Rotterdam (Dutch Wikipedia). He was deported by the Nazis to work as a road builder in Germany until being liberated by the American troups in 1945.
- Jos Stam homepage, University of Toronto, Canada.
- Jos Stam official homepage, Autodesk Research.
- Computer Graphics Achievement Award.