My name is Nafees Bin Zafar. I develop techniques and software for the visual effects industry. I am originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, but I usually call Los Angeles "home".
I am the Director of Research and Development at Oriental DreamWorks in Shanghai. I have worked on many films over the last 13 years such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2012, and Kung Fu Panda 2. In 2008 I won an Academy Award for my work on pioneering digital fluid effects now used throughout the visual effects industry. My interests range across distributed computing, image processing, and dynamics simulation systems.
I believe in sharing research, and building strong ties between academia and industry. I have served on juries for SIGGRAPH, and have been a Program Chair for the Digital Production Symposium. I have also served as a member of the Digital Imaging Technology Subcommittee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which investigates groundbreaking technical contributions to the film industry, for Academy Awards.