Midori Kitagawa

Associate Professor - Arts Tech And Comm
Tags: Design & Technology Emerging Media Art Art & Science

Professional Preparation

Post-doc - Visualization Sciences
Texas A&M University - 1994
Ph.D. - Visualization Sciences
Texas A&M University - 1993
M.A. - Computer Graphics & Animation
Ohio State University - 1989
B.F.A. - Fine Arts (Painting)
Joshibi University, Japan - 1986

Publications

Kitagawa, M, B. Windsor.  MoCap for Artists: Workflow and Techniques for Motion Capture.  Focal Press, 2008. 2008 - Publication
Kitagawa De Leon, M. On line Amish game and its simulation of agricultural environments. Proceedings of International Symposium on the Restoration and Assessments of Agricultural Environments. Department of Education, Sendai, Japan, 17-19, 1998. 1998 - Publication
Kitagawa De Leon, M. Branching Object Generation and Animation System with Cubic Hermite Interpolation, Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation. 2, 2, 60-67, 1994. 1994 - Publication
Kitagawa De Leon, M. Visualization of Environmental Effects on Branching Objects, Proceeding of Resource Technology '90. Washington, D.C., 1990. 1990 - Publication
Kitagawa De Leon, M. Branching Object Generation and Animation System with Cubic Hermite Interpolation, Proceedings of NICOGRAPH '90, Tokyo, Japan, 161-170, 1990.  1990 - Publication

Appointments

Current Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2004–Present]
School of Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University (OSU) [2001–2004]
Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University (OSU) [1994–2001]
Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design

Additional Information

University committees
  • Student Grievance Officer, 2009 - 2010
  • SACSCOC Academic Assessment Committee, 2006 - 2008
  • Campus Facilities Committee, 2006 - 2009
  • Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Executive Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • Distance Learning Committee, 2005 – 2006
Departmental administrative duties

SACSCOC coordinator for the ATEC program, 2006 - 2008. The following SACSCOC documents were prepared by Prof. Kitagawa for the ATEC program:

  • Faculty Roster: Qualifications of ATEC full-time and part-time faculty
  • Learning objectives of all ATEC courses
  • 2006 Program Assessment Plans for ATEC BA, MA, and MFA
  • 2006 Program Assessment Reports ATEC BA, MA, and MFA
  • 2007 Program Assessment Plans for ATEC BA, MA, and MFA
  • 2007 Program Assessment Reports ATEC BA, MA, and MFA
  • ATEC senior exit survey
  • ATEC graduating students exit survey
  • Self-study reports on ATEC MA and MFA

Animation curriculum coordinator, 2004 - Current
ATEC course schedule coordinator, 2005-2007

School committees

Chaired:

  • Ad Hoc Committee for 3rd Year Review of Prof. Todd Fechter, 2009

Served on as a member:

  • Ad Hoc Committee for 3rd Year Review of Prof. Monica Evans, 2009
  • Arts and Technology Faculty Advisory Committee, 2004 - current
  • Advisory Committee for the School of Arts and Humanities / the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science Motion Capture Laboratory, 2004 - current
  • Faculty Personnel Review Committee 2007 - 2008
  • EMAC Search Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • Art History Search Committee, 2008
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Granting Tenure and Promotion to the Rank of Associate Professor for
  • Dean Terry 2006 - 2007
  • Graduate Studies Committee, 2005 - 2008
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Mid-Probationary Review for Venus Reese 2005

Activities

Synergistic Activities
I have been teaching and researching motion capture animation and the results were published in MoCap for Artists: Workflow and Techniques for Motion Capture (Focal Press, 2008).

For the Conversational Character Robot project, I created a unique 3D facial rig that can be animated by key-framing and motion capture data.  In addition, I developed a method to extract the head motion from facial capture data to isolate the motion data of facial expressions.  Both of which were described in the book MoCap for Artists.

I developed the Branching Object Generation and Animation System (BOGAS) which generates and animates branching structures, such as trees and plants, originally as my Masters thesis research.  I continued to work on BOGAS during my postdoctoral research and beyond, the results from the visualization projects conducted with BOGAS have been published on journals and at conferences, such as ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics).

I was a Co-PI for interactive multimedia instructional projects, On-line Agroecosystem Database for Multimedia Teaching of Agricultural and Cultural Diversity in Holmes County, Ohio and Extensible Electronic Chemistry Study Resource, both of which were funded by the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs Grant Program.  I developed an on-line interactive game that teaches Amish farming practices and culture with the funding from the Ministry of Education of Japan.  

Affiliations

M.A. advanced project advisor
Ming Ku M.A. 2006 Jason Huang M.A. 2006 Ph.D. student, UTD Harold Leach M.A. 2005 Marriott Vacation Club International, Production Artist
M.F.A. thesis committee chair/advisor
Matt Derksen M.F.A. 2004 Rhythm & Hues Studios, Character Rigging Supervisor Jean Halsuka M.F.A. 2004 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY, Education Director Kyoung Lee M.F.A. 2004 Pixar Animation Studios, Lighting Technical Director Vita Berezina-Blackburn M.F.A. 2003 Ohio State University, Animation Specialist Jun Oh M.F.A. 2003 Samaritan's Purse, Motion Graphic Producer Scott Sweringen M.F.A. 2003 Electronic Arts, Game Level Designer Ian Butterfield M.F.A. 2002 Blue Sky Studios, Senior Materials Technical Director Brandon Morse M.F.A. 2002 University of Maryland, Associate Professor, Graduate Director Yianni Yessios M.F.A. 2001 Cleveland Institute of Arts, Assistant Professor Clarke Stallworth M.F.A. 2001 Savanna College of Arts and Design, Professor Wooksang Chang M.F.A. 2000 Chung-Ang University, Professor Wobbe Koning M.F.A. 2000 Montclair State University, Adjunct Janice Braverman M.F.A. 1999 Kentucky Center School for Arts, Instructor Heath Hanlin M.F.A. 1998 Syracuse University, Associate Professor Neal McDonald M.F.A. 1998 University of Maryland, Assistant Professor Marla Mayerson M.F.A. 1998 Youngstown State University, Assistant Professor Janet Lucroy M.F.A. 1997 Pixar Animation, Director of Photography John Warren M.F.A. 1997 Pixar Animation, Technical Director Nathania Vishnevsky M.F.A. 1997 DreamWorks/Pacific Data Images, Training Specialist
Ph.D. Dissertation committee chair
Vanessa Paugh Ph.D. 2010 School of Arts and Humanities
M.F.A. advanced project advisor
Phillip Car M.F.A. 2009 Christina Lanning M.F.A. 2009 Ph.D. student, UTD Wei Wei Zhang M.F.A. 2009 Ph.D. student, UTD Jun Chi M.F.A. 2008 Lecturer, UTD Singkhum Khamonouane M.F.A. 2008 Walt Disney Studio, Modeler Joel Ladella M.F.A. 2008 Invision Media, Graphic Artist Patrick Dunnigan M.F.A. 2007 North American Conveyor Co., Visual Database Eng.

Funding

Conversational Character Robot
$24,825 - Hanson Robotics [2007–2008]
Houdini software donation from Side Effects, Inc.
$680,000 - 40 licenses of Houdini Master and 120 licenses of Renderer [2005]
RenderMan software donation from Pixar
$110,000 - 80 licenses of RenderMan and six other related products (80 licenses each) from Pixar [2004]