We strive to improve Disney’s production pipelines and creative processes, expanding the designer’s toolbox in terms of rendering, animation, capture, stylization, interaction, and efficiency. Our technology allows designers to tell their story. We also develop algorithms to better understand our audiences and create new modes of interaction.
We aim to endow our robotic characters with life-like features, from appropriate gaits and movements to the ability to physically interact with humans. We also investigate functional robots and sensing for tasks like automated maintenance. Our platforms range from legged and wheeled robots to acrobots.
We work on algorithms for finding hidden structure in large data sets, using a combination of probabilistic modeling and deep learning, ranging from social media understanding, text mining, and consumer analytics to visual computing and content generation.
We are working to endow computers and robots with many of the qualities long associated with living, thinking beings—from perception and action to reasoning, problem solving, and even creativity! Here we are going beyond simply building the next generation of smart tools and are instead finding new ways to bring our treasured characters to life.