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Frederic Ira Parke is an American computer graphics researcher and academic. He did early work on animated computer renderings of human faces.
Parke graduated from the University of Utah with a BS degree in physics in 1965. He was then a graduate student of the University of Utah College of Engineering where he received his MS (1972) and PhD (1974) in computer science.
In 1971, in a project partially financed by DARPA, Parke made the first 3D animation of a representation of a human face, his wife's face. This animation used a wireframe geometry overlaid with Gouraud shading that produces approximate renderings of curved surfaces. The technique was invented by Parke's Utah colleague Henri Gouraud.
A Computer Animated Face
In 1974, he created a more complex, parametric model of a human face, demonstrating various expressions and speech synchronization. Snippets of this animation, along with Ed Catmull's 1972 animation of his left hand, were used in the 1976 film Futureworld.
- Parke, Frederic (1972), "Computer generated animation of faces", ACM '72 Proceedings of the ACM Annual Conference, 1: 451–457, doi:10.1145/800193.569955
- Parke, Frederic (1972). Computer generated animation of faces (Technical report). University of Utah. UTEC-CSs-72-120.
- Parent, Rick (2012), Computer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques, Newnes, p. 23, 9780124159730
- "NYITer's: Where Are They Now?". cs.cmu.edu.
- Homepage of Frederic I. Parke at Texas A&M University
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