Jessica Hodgins is a Professor in the Robotics Institute and Computer
Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2008-2016, she founded and ran research labs for Disney, rising to VP of Research and
leading the labs in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
From 2005-2015, she was Associate Director for Faculty in the Robotics Institute, running the promotion and tenure process and creating a mentoring program for pre-tenure faculty.
Prior to moving to Carnegie
Mellon in 2000, she was an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.
She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon
University in 1989. Her research focuses on computer graphics,
animation, and robotics with an emphasis on generating and analyzing
human motion. She has received a NSF Young Investigator Award, a
Packard Fellowship, and a Sloan Fellowship. She was editor-in-chief
of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2000-2002 and ACM SIGGRAPH Papers
Chair in 2003. She was an elected director at large on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee from 2012-2017 and in 2017 she was elected ACM SIGGRAPH President. In 2010, she was awarded the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement
Award and in 2017 she was awarded the Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics.