His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, ORTT, SC, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago received Dr Anil Kokaram on a courtesy call. Dr Kokaram is , the first and only citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to win an Oscar Award from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Dr Kokaram received the Scientific and Engineering award for his work on the design and development of Furnace, an integrated suite of software plug-ins used to enhance visual effects in movie sequences. Furnace has been in a number of block-buster films such as King Kong, Lord of the Rings (trilogy), Batman Begins and The Da Vinci Code to name a few.
Dr Kokaram is originally from Sangre Grande and he attended Hillview College, where his father was the Principal. He then left to study at The University Of Cambridge, England where he earned his PhD and became a research fellow in the Department of Engineering.
Dr Kokaram is now a senior lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He has published over eighty (80) articles on video processing and has written a book, Motion Picture Restoration: Digital Algorithms for Artefact Suppression in Degraded Motion Picture Film and Video. He is also the director of Green Parrot Pictures, a small company building software cores to enable motion picture restoration.