Computer science professor wins Emmy Award®
Carthage computer science professor Perry Kivolowitz has won a 2019 Engineering Emmy Award for his software SilhouetteFX. This award honors an individual, company, or organization for innovative developments in broadcast technology. The software SilhouetteFX has been featured in TV series such as “Game of Thrones,” “Chicago Med,” and “Black Mirror.”
“I am extremely pleased and proud that our accomplishments have been recognized in this very prominent way,” Prof. Kivolowitz says. “The award comes immediately after the acquisition of SilhouetteFX by another company so in a very real way we are going out with a bang!”
SilhouetteFX, a visual effects software co-written by Prof. Kivolowitz, provides a comprehensive solution for painting, rotoscoping, and image manipulation of high-resolution image sequences. SilhouetteFX also provides 2D to 3D motion picture conversion. It’s fast, scalable, and extensible architecture has resulted in wide adoption in tv programming and motion pictures. The results of SilhouetteFX are designed to be invisible — it is a success when viewers cannot tell that a film has been altered.
This isn’t the first time Prof. Kivolowitz has been recognized for his contributions to television and movie post production. Earlier this year, SilhouetteFX received an Academy Award® for Scientific and Technical Achievement®, after being used in “Avengers Infinity War” and other 2019 Oscar nominated movies.
In 1996, he was also recognized for an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for his work with “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic.” In 1992, his contributions to “Babylon 5” also earned him an Emmy Certificate.
This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. Kirsten Vangsness, star of the CBS drama “Criminal Minds” is set to return as host for the fourth consecutive year.