Donald Greenberg

Donald Greenberg, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics, has been researching and teaching in the field of computer graphics since 1966. During the last 15 years, he has been primarily concerned with research advancing the state-of-the-art in computer graphics and with utilizing these techniques as they may be applied to a variety of disciplines. His specialties include real time realistic image generation, color science, and computer-aided architectural design. He presently teaches the computer graphics courses in Computer Science, computer-aided design for the Department of Architecture, computer animation for the Department of Art, and technology strategy in the Business School. He received his B.C.E. from Cornell in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1968. Greenberg also studied at Columbia University.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 7701/7702 Architectural Science LaboratoryProjects, exercises, and research in the architectural sciences.
  • ARCH 7903/7904 Thesis or Research in Architectural ScienceIndependent study.
  • ARCH 3702/Art 1700/CIS 1620/CS 1620/ENGRI 1620 Visual Imaging in the Electronic AgeInterdisciplinary survey course designed to introduce students in the creative arts, science, and engineering to the concepts of 2D and 3D digital pictorial representation and display. It is a concept course that concentrates on "why" rather than "how." Topics include perspective representations, display technology, how television works, bandwidth concepts, digital photography, computer graphics modeling and rendering, color perception, 3D data acquisition, volumetric imaging, and historical precedents, primarily from the art world.
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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002)
  • ACSA Creative Research Award in Architecture (1997)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (1991)
  • National Computer Graphics Association Academic Award (1989)
  • ACM SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics (1987)

Publications (Selected)

  • "A Framework for Realistic Image Synthesis," with Kenneth Torrance, Peter Shirley, James Arvo, James A. Ferwerda, Sumanta N. Pattanaik, Eric P.F. Lafortune, Bruce Walter, Sing-Choong Foo, and W. Benjamin Trumbore, Computer Graphics Proceedings
  • "Computers and Architecture," Scientific American, (264)2, pp. 104-109 (February 1991)
  • "Computer Graphics in Architecture," Scientific American, (230)5, pp. 98-106 (May 1974)
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