Jessica Hodgins was Vice President of Research, Disney Research, and the Director of the Disney Research. She is a Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on computer graphics, animation, and robotics with an emphasis on generating and analyzing human motion. Prior to moving to CMU, she was an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has received an NSF Young Investigator Award, a Packard Fellowship, and a Sloan Fellowship. She was Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2000 to 2002 and Papers Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003. In 2010, she was awarded the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.