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DISNEY: The Technology to Create Magic

We fondly reminisce about the honor of hosting a private presentation by Markus Gross, Chief Scientist at The Walt Disney Studios, at the prestigious Frank G. Wells Theater nestled in the heart of Disney’s Burbank campus.

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Markus captivated us with his visionary insights at the nexus of technology and creativity, unraveling the magic behind Disney’s animated masterpieces and theme park experiences. From the seamless integration of multiple camera feeds to create immersive 180-degree vistas, to the intricate process of infusing human nuances into animated characters, his presentation showcased decades of pioneering research and ongoing innovation.

At the core of Disney’s enduring legacy is a commitment to championing the artist’s vision, with technology serving as a catalyst for boundless creativity. By continually pushing the boundaries of innovation, Disney not only breathes life into beloved characters but also paves the way for future generations of storytelling.

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We extend our heartfelt gratitude to DisneyResearchStudions, Markus Gross, and Robert Langer for making it possible to share their expertise with our esteemed GABA community. Moreover, our profound thanks to DisneyReseachStudios for providing an unparalleled setting for networking, complemented by exquisite culinary delights that elevated our experience to VIP status.

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Markus Gross, Chief Scientist at The Walt Disney Studios, Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)

Robert Langer, EVP, Corporate Strategy, Finance & Planning for The Walt Disney Company


Event Description

Join us for an exhilarating journey through over 15 years of groundbreaking innovation at DisneyResearch|Studios. At the forefront of scientific advancement, Disney is redefining entertainment experiences worldwide. From cutting-edge graphics to machine learning and interactive technologies, Disney’s work has captivated millions.

In this talk, we’ll transport you through time, unveiling the remarkable DisneyResearch|Studios technologies that have graced their content. Explore core research programs like Facial VFX, animation, interactive content creation, and video processing. Gain exclusive insights into the exciting yet enduring process of turning technology into unforgettable products. Don’t miss this chance to discover the magic behind the scenes!


Markus Gross

Chief Scientist at The Walt Disney Studios

Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zuerich (ETH)

Prepare to be inspired by Markus Gross, a visionary force at the intersection of technology and creativity. As the Chief Scientist of the Walt Disney Studios and a distinguished Computer Science professor at ETH Zürich, Markus stands as a luminary in visual computing, machine learning, virtual reality, and more. His expertise has garnered global acclaim, earning him not only over 500 published scientific papers but also a remarkable 100+ patents worldwide.

Within Disney, Markus leads the charge in research and development, igniting innovation that fuels the filmmaking process. His exceptional journey has been adorned with honors, including two Academy Awards and the prestigious ACM SIGGRAPH Steven Anson Coons Award. He’s a multi-academy member, belonging to esteemed circles such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. WIKIPEDIA

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