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Rob O'Neill lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is an artist, programmer, and researcher working at the intersection of art and science. Rob is currently Acting Director and Research Associate in the Pratt Institute Digital Arts Research Laboratory and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Digital Arts. He is a founding partner of Kickstand: Animation Research + Design.
Rob holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he focused on anatomy and biological anthropology. He holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design in Design and Technology with a focus on animation and visualization. His work has been shown in collaboration with Kidrobot at Visionaire Gallery, the Exit Art "Studio Visit" Exhibit, the New York Hall of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, Eyebeam and internationally as part of Intersculpt (Nancy, France) and Mutamorphosis (Prague, Czech Republic). He continues to create work for both screen and gallery settings and is actively publishing, speaking, and producing work in the realms of character technology, animation production, and developing new tools for creative expression.
Previous professional experience includes: Researcher in Cultural Resources in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History; Production Fellow at Eyebeam (2001/02); Character Technical Director at PDI/Dreamworks on "Shrek 4D", "Shrek 2", and "Madagascar"; Character and Research Technical Director at Charlex/Launch; and Studio Technical Director at Eyebeam (2005/06).
Rob is the author of "Digital Character Development: Theory and Practice" published by Morgan Kaufmann (Elsevier). The textbook is a software agnostic overview of the process of creating animated characters for animation and games.