Disney Research

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Disney Research
EstablishedAugust 11, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-08-11)
Field of research
Computer graphics, video processing, computer vision, robotics
LocationLos Angeles, United States
Zurich, Switzerland
AffiliationsETH Zurich

Disney Research is a network of research labs supporting The Walt Disney Company. Its purpose is to pursue scientific and technological innovation to advance the company's broad media and entertainment efforts.

It has facilities in Los Angeles, Zurich and Edinburgh. Research topics include computer graphics, video processing, computer vision, robotics,[1] radio and antennas, wireless communications, human-computer interaction, displays, data mining, machine learning, and behavioral sciences. The lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts was closed in January 2016.[2]

Disney Research is managed by an internal Disney Research Council co-chaired by Disney-Pixar's Ed Catmull and including the directors of the individual labs.

Notable works[edit]

BB-8 was a physical prop developed by Disney Research,[3] created by special effects artist Neal Scanlan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tully, Jessica (May 28, 2013). "Disney Research Pittsburgh scientists are aiming for human-like robots". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Disney is closing its research lab in Cambridge". Boston Globe. February 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Hackett, Robert (May 26, 2015). "Disney just developed the most adorable walking robot". Fortune. Retrieved July 23, 2015.

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