Professor Finkelstein works on computer graphics in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. His research interests revolve around creating tools that help professional and novice artists express themselves in the digital medium, including photo and video manipulation and stylized rendering for animation. He has been an active contributor and volunteer at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference, and chaired theSIGGRAPH 2014 Technical Papers program. With others at Princeton, he founded and organizes the Art of Science Exhibition.
He received a doctorate from the University of Washington in 1996. From 1987 to 1990, he was a software engineer at Tibco (formerly Teknekron Software Systems) in Palo Alto; he wrote software for people who trade stock. He was an undergraduate student (class of 87) at Swarthmore College, where he studied physics and computer science. He has received a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the ACM.