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Allan G. Rempel, BSc, BComm, MSc, PhD, CFI*
Ex PhD Student
Department of Computer Science
Institute for Computing, Information & Cognitive Systems/Computer Science (ICICS/CS)
The University of British Columbia
201-2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4
e-mail: agr at cs dot ubc dot ca
*Certified Flight Instuctor, US FAA
In 2012 I completed my PhD in computer graphics, working in the
Imager Lab of the
UBC Department of Computer Science, with my supervisor,
My research interests lie mostly in the area of high dynamic range (HDR)
imaging techniques and related human factors, on which I collaborated with
(formerly BrightSide Technologies, a.k.a. Sunnybrook Technologies).
I also have interests in animation production data management and
Previous Industrial and Academic Work
Research Engineer, Dolby Canada, 2006 - 2008.
I developed code to implement the techniques described in collaborative
published research conducted with UBC, as well as interface code to
expand Dolby's software architecture.
I also helped develop patents for the technology arising from the
Senior Software Developer, Mainframe Entertainment, 2002 - 2005.
I led the development of asset management software used on many
computer-animated productions featuring Spider-Man,
Inspector Gadget, Stuart Little, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Max Steel, and others.
Senior Software Engineer, Walt Disney Feature Animation, 1998 - 2001.
I led the archiving software development team, and
I worked on asset management and lighting tools software development for
Lilo & Stitch, 102 Dalmations, Kangaroo Jack, Reign of Fire,
and Home on the Range.
M.Sc., Computer Science Department,
(Imager lab), UBC, 1995 - 1997.
For my Masters research with my supervisor,
I developed a system that used wavelets to decompose images for
fast progressive transmission and for image compression.
Research Programmer, School of Computer Science, CMU, 1993 - 1995.
I did systems administration and software development and maintenance for the
a psychologically-based software platform for research into cognitive science
and artificial intelligence.
Software Engineer, SED Systems, 1993.
I worked with a team to develop software for ground-based satellite
in-orbit test systems.
Founder, Omicron MicroSystems, 1989 - 1990.
I started up a company that developed and marketed an Assembly Language
Development System ("ALDS") for Atari 6502-based computers.
B.Sc. (Great Distinction) and
B.Comm. (Great Distinction), 1988 - 1993.
Department of Computational Science (now
Computer Science), U of Saskatchewan.
I geared my courses toward my interest in artificial intelligence,
particularly cognitive science. I also did summer research internships,
first in discrete logic and later in software engineering with an emphasis
Publications and Patents
- Allan G. Rempel, Wolfgang Heidrich, Helge Seetzen, Greg J. Ward,
Lorne A. Whitehead, "Enhancing Dynamic Range of Images", Patents pending, 2007.
- Allan Rempel, Wolfgang Heidrich, "LDR to HDR Dynamic Range Expansion",
Poster for MITACS Conference, 2007.
- Allan Rempel, "Asset Management for CG Production",
Digital Media World Magazine,
Issue 52, Oct. 2003.
- Allan Rempel, Dean Broadland, Sonja Struben, and F. David Fracchia,
"Effective Asset Management for Episodic Television and Features",
Technical Sketch for SIGGRAPH 2003
- Allan Rempel,
"Fast Progressive Transmission of Images Using Wavelets with Sorted Coefficients",
Masters Essay, UBC, 1997.
- Allan Rempel, "Soar 6.2.4 and beyond", Proceedings of Soar Workshop XIV, University of Michigan, Dec. 9-11, 1994.
Academic and Film/TV Screen Credits
You can find some of my publications in the
DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
ACM Digital Library.
My feature film screen credits include "Dinosaur" and "Treasure Planet",
both from Walt Disney Pictures.
My TV/DVD screen credits include
"Barbie As Rapunzel", "Barbie Of Swan Lake", "The Princess And The Pauper",
"Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular",
"Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever: The Case Of The Giant Flying Lizard",
"Max Steel: Endangered Species",
"Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy",
"Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race",
"AcceleRacers: Breaking Point", "AcceleRacers: The Speed of Silence"
and "Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild".
Partial listings of my screen credits can be found in various databases,
Yahoo TV credits,
NYT movies credits,
I am grateful for the support of
the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC),
the BC Advanced Systems Institute (ASI),
the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS)
Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE),
and the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education.