Faculty Profile: Eitan Grinspun

Eitan Grinspun

Associate Professor, Computer Science


“In life and in physics, the unexpected interaction between a small number of simple rules can lead to huge arrays of complex behavior and that’s the beauty of this work.”


Professor Grinspun directs the Columbia Computer Graphics Group. The technologies developed by Grinspun’s lab are used today at major film studios for motion pictures such as Disney’s Tangled and Twentieth Century Fox’s Rise of the Planets of the Apes, and in popular consumer software such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Computer Animation
  • Discrete Differential Geometry