Dr. Ivan Sutherland, considered the “father of computer graphics,” will be honored as the Kyoto Laureate in advanced technology at this year’s Kyoto Prize Symposium at San Diego State University.
One of the university’s signature events, the symposium honors individuals with outstanding lifetime achievement.
Each year, the symposium features lectures by Kyoto Prize Laureates and esteemed scholars in the Laureates’ fields including business, government, independent peacemaking organizations, and academic institutions and societies.
Dr. Ivan Sutherland
Dr. Sutherland is recognized for developing Sketchpad in 1963, a graphical interface program that allowed the user to directly manipulate figures on a screen through a pointing device. Sketchpad’s interactive interface was years ahead of its time, and today’s computer-aided design systems are just one example of how this innovation has contributed to the field.
His pioneering work laid the foundation for the graphical user interface in devices ranging from smartphones to computer workstations, supporting such applications as digital animation, 3-D modeling and virtual reality.
The symposium will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
It is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Register individually or as a group online.