Alumni Corner

by Jeff Hameluck


I am Jeff Hameluck, a native of Regina and a U of R alumnus, having obtained both my B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics and my M.Sc. in Computer Science under Dr. Xue-Dong Yang at the U of R.

Since graduating I’ve been working in the visual effects industry developing software used in creating computer effects for motion pictures.

My first job in the film industry was with Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California. There I worked as a Production Software Engineer on films such as Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan & Dinosaur.

Currently I am Senior Software Developer at Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand and have been with Weta since January, 1999 working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Weta won the Best Visual Effects Oscar for our work on The Fellowship of the Ring and we have again been nominated for Best Visual Effects for our work on The Two Towers. Currently, we are hard at work producing the effects for the last film in the triliogy, The Return of the King.

When I became involved with Lord of the Rings (LOTR), Weta was a very small company consisting of fewer than 30 people who had a daunting task before them. With such a small initial crew size, I have been involved in a variety of projects to bring the triliogy to the screen. Some of the larger and more interesting projects were my work on the embedded dynamics in the muscle simulation system used on the majority of the digital creatures in the film, including Gollum, and my hair modeling and rendering system that has also been used on everything from Gollum to Treebeard to the flaming Balrog.

Conference


In the 9th International Conference on Rough Sets, Fuzzy Sets, Data Mining, and Granular Computing (2003), researchers from the Department will have a strong influence. We have in total 11 papers for oral presentation. Professors Cory Butz, Brien Maguire, Dominik Slezak, Michael Wong, Jingtao Yao, Yiyu Yao, Wojtek Ziarko, and their students Hongyan Geng, Dan Wu, and Yan Zhao will attend the conference. This will be the largest group attending an international conference. Many thanks go to Drs. Maguire and Y. Yao for coordinating the Regina team.

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