Kanas Lake, Xinjiang, China
Rick Parent
Professor Emeritus
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Ohio State University
mailing address: 395 Dreese Lab
2015 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-292-2911 (fax)
I am retired; the best way to contact me is via email: parent.1@osu.edu


I have retired: as of June 2012. I am still around advising my final PhD students and can be contacted by email.

Computer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques: The 3rd edition of my book has been published and makes a great gift.

IN THE NEWS: Ferdi Scheepers (CSE, Ph.D. '96) was visual effects supervisor for Piper, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Short Film (Animated)

Bio: Rick Parent is a Professor Emeritus in the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Ohio State University (OSU). As a graduate student, Rick worked at the Computer Graphics Research Group (CGRG) at OSU under the direction of Charles Csuri. In 1977, he received his Ph.D. from the Computer and Information Science (CIS) Department, majoring in Artificial Intelligence. For the next three years, he worked at CGRG first as a Research Associate, and then as Associate Director. In 1980 he co-founded and was President of The Computer Animation Company. In 1985, he joined the faculty of the CIS Department (now the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, or CSE) at Ohio State. Rick's research interests include various aspects of computer animation with special focus on animation of the human figure. He is the author of Computer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques, published by Morgan Kaufmann. The first edition (cover on the left) came out in 2001 and the 2nd edition was published in September, 2007 (cover on the right). The third edition was published in 2012 (with a cover similar to the 2nd edition). The book has been translated into Russian, Polish, French, and Chinese. Over 10,000 copies have been sold. Since retirement, Rick has been advising his few remaining Ph.D. students to see them through to their degrees. (Vita)




Currently, research projects include synthetic sound, cloth, interactive evolutionary design, and perception of motion. See my vita for a list of publications, grants, and former students.


I have primarily taught courses in computer graphics. I have also taught the introductory course on computer architecture in the past that includes some assembly language and, more recently, a course on numerical methods. See the following links for details:

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." B. F. Skinner
"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." Ansel Adams
"The contemporary theory of biological evolution is one of the most robust products of scientific inquiry...the lack of scientific warrant for so-called 'intelligent design theory' makes it improper to include as a part of science education" American Association for the Advancement of Science (www.aaas.org/news/releases/2002/1106id2.shtmlwww.aas.org/news/releases/2002/1106id2.shtml)
"The Dude abides." Jeff Lebowski
"I'm a MAC and Windows 7 was my idea"
"Only wear a helmet if you have something to protect."
Last updated: Wednesday, 01-Mar-2017 10:20:06 EST