Department Head and Associate Professor

Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin is the Head of the Department of Visualization and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. He has administrative and academic responsibilities for the Master of Science in Visualization and the Bachelor of Science in Visualization programs. Both program curricula are based upon combining art and science into a single learning experience.

Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, Tim worked in the visual effects and animation industries for thirteen years. At Industrial Light & Magic his work focused on digital creature development including rigging, deformations, dynamics, and production workflow on large feature film projects. His credit list includes 15 theatrically released feature films including ‘Star Wars: Episode I’, ‘War of the Worlds’, ‘Van Helsing’ and ‘Mars Attacks!’. One of his last projects at ILM was working with Eric Brevig and Dennis Muren in the supervision of the prototype performance capture test demonstrating the production viability of the designs and technology for James Cameron's ‘Avatar’. The work of Tim’s teams of digital creature artists contributed directly to Science & Technology Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences being given to teams of ILM researchers in 1998 and 2001.

At Texas A&M, Tim’s research interests focus on developing systems for perception-based animation, comparing technologies facilitating creative problem solving among distant collaborators, and evidence-based methods for determining the most effective visual styles for use in education oriented video games. He is a current member of  the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society, and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the International Game Developers Association.

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