Ken Musgrave


Ken Musgrave

Dr. Forest Kenton "Ken" Musgrave (aka "Doc Mojo"), formerly a professor at The George Washington University and currently CEO/CTO of Pandromeda, Inc, is a computer artist, working with fractal images.

Education

Born on September 16 1955, he obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science from Yale University in 1993 where his seminal dissertation, "Methods for Realistic Landscape Imaging" was written. He was referred to by Benoît Mandelbrot as being "the first true fractal-based artist".

Work

Musgrave designed the initial fractal-based programs on which Bryce was based. His work was featured in an article in the January 1996 Scientific American (Playing Slartibartfast with Fractals; January 1996; by Gibbs), about fractal curves. The article described software that he had designed which would generate entire planets at random and allow a user to walk about that world, exploring mountains or forests, etc. The article mentioned that the software would find itself used in a computer game and that the randomly generated landscape would have to be populated with evil monsters. In fact, the software eventually became a commercial title called MojoWorld [http://www.pandromeda.com]

Publications

* "Texturing and Modeling: A Procedural Approach" - Ken Musgrave et al, 1998 - ISBN 0-12-228730-4

External links

* [http://www.kenmusgrave.com Ken Musgrave's website]
* [http://pandromeda.com Pandromeda's website]
* [http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=193498 Methods for Realistic Landscape Imaging - dissertation]

ee also

* Fractal landscape


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