Disney Research

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Disney Research
Disney Research logo.svg
Established August 11, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-08-11)
Field of research
Computer graphics, video processing, computer vision, robotics
Location Los Angeles, United States
Zurich, Switzerland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Affiliations ETH Zurich
Website disneyresearch.com

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, radio and antennas, wireless communications, human-computer interaction, displays, data mining, machine learning, and behavioral sciences. The lab in Boston was closed in January 2015. The lab in Pittsburgh closed by December 2017.

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

Carnegie Mellon University[edit]

Carnegie Mellon University worked in particular on robotics, human-computer interaction, vision, graphics, and sports visualization under Professor Jessica Hodgins.[1]

Notable works[edit]

BB-8 was a physical prop developed by Disney Research,[2] created by special effects artist Neal Scanlan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tully, Jessica (2013). "Disney Research Pittsburgh scientists are aiming for human-like robots", Post-Gazette.com.
  2. ^ Hackett, Robert (May 26, 2015). "Disney just developed the most adorable walking robot". Fortune. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 

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