Sophie Shen is a software engineer at Originate and founder of Dopamine Animatic, an animation studio that helps non-experts create animated short films. Her passion includes solving engineering problems with coworkers, creating animated short films with clients, and programming with her favorite language - Swift. Her research interests include physically-based and non-photorealistic rendering, and building animation tools for rapid style prototyping based on the user's preference of visual style. She also advise Value Analytics & Design on creative sides of business valuation, and donate to One in a Billion to support their storytelling for young voice.
Previously, Sophie did research on real-time soft shadows for her M.S. thesis in University of Utah with Prof. Cem Yuksel. She created visual effects for the 3D department at Saatchi & Saatchi LA with Michael Wilken and performed research on 3D physically-based rendering in the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in Beijing with Prof. Huai-Yu Wu. With Xudong Chen, she lead two National University Student Innovation Programs on Wireless Sensor Networks at Beijing Jiaotong University. She received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Games and Software Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University and her Master of Science degree in Computer Graphics from University of Utah.
Sophie lives in Cambridge, MA and spends a lot of time learning from entrepreneurs in her co-working space at Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square.