Perry Kivolowitz

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Perry Kivolowitz (born 1961) is an American computer scientist and business person. In 1985, he co-founded Advanced Systems Design Group which built hardware for the Commodore Amiga. This company was renamed Elastic Reality, Inc. and became well known as a digital imaging software provider. In 1995 this company sold to Avid Technology, Inc.[1]

In 1996 he received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the invention of shape-driven warping and morphing as exemplified in the Avid Elastic Reality package once in widespread use.[2] Dr. Garth Dickie was a co-recipient of this award. The invention is noteworthy in that it provided a means of creating warping and morphing effects using an interface which was more optimized for the user rather than the computation. The award reads:

"These components form the core of an efficient and easy-to-use system that greatly simplifies the creation of shape-changing visual effects in motion pictures."

— Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Perry is a principal in SilhouetteFX LLC. He co-founded Profound Effects, Inc. (2001–2008), Hypercosm Inc. (1999–2001) and KSK Electrics, LLC (2013–present). Perry was accepted into the Visual Effects Society [3] in 2012.

From 1997 to 1999 and from 2006 to 2015, Perry was a member of the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, first as an adjunct faculty member and then as a Faculty Associate and Instructional Program Director. During the University of Wisconsin - Madison's Sesquicentennial Celebration, Mr. Kivolowitz was honored as being one of the 150 Ways the University of Wisconsin has Touched the World.[4]

Perry lectured for AT&T and Bell Labs in the early 1980s on Unix Internals and debugging primarily at an AT&T facility in Piscataway New Jersey but also across the country. In April 2012, Perry resumed lecturing on the process of debugging[5]

As a graduate student Kivolowitz authored one of the earliest key logger programs, the source code of which was posted to Usenet in November 1983.[6] Mr. Kivolowitz authored an early paper on file systems for write-once media presented at the 1984 USENIX conference in Salt Lake City.[7]

As a co-founder of ASDG Incorporated (later Elastic Reality, Inc.) Kivolowitz invented the recoverable ram drive[8][9]

Since 2004 Perry has been an invited speaker and provides expert testimony on the subject of detecting tampered digital images (both still images and video).

Published in 2013,[10] "Get Off My L@wn" is a novel in the zombie fiction genre. The book describes a technologist's unique approach to surviving zombie hordes.

In 2006, Mr. Kivolowitz wed Sara Krueger Kivolowitz.


  • 5881321 Camera motion sensing system[11]
  • 5754180 Computer system and process for defining and manipulating images using structured objects with variable edge characteristics[12]
  • 5077604 Color printing, correction can conversion apparatus and method[13]


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