NYU's Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) is one of New York State's cutting-edge research laboratories and the incubator of a range of multimedia ventures. In 1997, Kenneth Perlin, director of CAT, received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for his development of Perlin Noise. Perlin Noise is a technique used to produce natural-appearing textures on computer-generated surfaces for motion picture visual effects. Examples of Perlin Noise can be found in films, including The Lion King, Batman Forever, Jurassic Park, The Abyss, True Lies, Terminator II, Independence Day, and Toy Story.
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