|Alma mater||University of Utah|
|Institutions||University of Utah|
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 1972, 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. Several of the faces also appeared in the music video of Miley Cyrus' 2013 song "We Can't Stop".
- Parke, Frederic (1972), "Computer generated animation of faces", ACM '72 Proceedings of the ACM Annual Conference, 1: 451–457, doi:10.1145/800193.569955, S2CID 30615560
- 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, ISBN 9780124159730, 9780124159730
- "Virtual Bodies and Empty Signifiers: On Fred Parke and Miley Cyrus".
- "NYITer's: Where Are They Now?". cs.cmu.edu.
- "Frederic Parke, PHD. - College of Architecture".
- Homepage of Frederic I. Parke at Texas A&M University