Deborah R. Fowler

Visual effects professor


  • B.Sc., double honors, computational science and mathematics, University of Saskatchewan, 1985
  • M.Sc., computer science, University of Saskatchewan, 1987
  • Ph.D., computer science, University of Regina, 1992
  • Postdoctoral studies, computer science, University of Calgary, 1993


Senior lighting and modeling technical director working on feature films "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2"; postdoctoral and graduate work recognized by SIGGRAPH as state of the art and published in two SIGGRAPH papers; contributions to two books, "The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants" and "The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells"

Publications and Presentations

Book contributions


  • P. Prusinkiewicz and A. Lindenmayer. "The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants." With J. S. Hanan, F. D. Fracchia, D. R. Fowler, M. J. M. de Boer and L. Mercer. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990.
  • Hans Meinhardt. "The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells." With Contributions and Images by P. Prusinkiewicz and D. R. Fowler. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1995.

Conference proceedings


  • D. R. Fowler, H. Meinhardt and P. Prusinkiewicz. Modeling seashells. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH '92 (Chicago, Illinois, July 29-31, 1992).
  • D. R. Fowler, P. Prusinkiewicz, and J. Battjes. A Collision-based Model of Spiral Phyllotaxis. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH '92 (Chicago, Illinois, July 29-31, 1992).