Disney Launches Global R&D Labs With Carnegie Mellon University
August 12, 2008
http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=...sitem_no=24362Disney announced a major Research and Development initiative to engage top technology universities to conduct research and development for its Parks & Resorts division, Disney Media Networks, ESPN, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney Interactive Media Group and Pixar Animation Studios.
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), known for their leading-edge work in computer science and technology, are to establish collaborative labs with Disney in Pittsburgh and Zurich.
"Creating the next generation of sophisticated technologies requires long-term vision and collaboration with world-class innovators," said Ed Catmull, president, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, making the announcement at SIGGRAPH. "We are strengthening our commitment to R&D throughout Disney by establishing labs with Carnegie Mellon University and ETH Zurich," he said.
The labs will connect Disney with renowned academic partners who have world class science and technology talent. The labs will engage in R&D on computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces, among other initiatives. They will be located at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and ETH Zurich. Each lab represents a five-year commitment from Disney to fund a director and seven to eight principal investigators. Additional staff will include professors, academic interns, scientific consultants and collaborators.