Making Digital Graphics More Inclusive

With a $1 million gift from the Bungie Foundation, Yale computer scientists aim to improve computer graphics technologies to better represent a diverse array of hair types.

Algorithms used in video games to generate avatars have a blind spot: Black hair. Researchers at the Yale Computer Graphics Group are working to change this, developing tools that digital artists can use to better represent hair types that more commonly occur in Black communities.
“This research will serve as an example of how to identify the products of systemic racism in computer graphics and demonstrate how to take concrete steps to ameliorate their harm,” said Theodore Kim, associate professor of computer science and co-lead of the Yale Computer Graphics Group.

Read more about the gift from the Bungie Foundation.

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