Speaker Bob Sumner - Kidscreen Summit 2016

Speaker Bob Sumner

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Bob Sumner

Associate Director & Principal Research Scientist

Disney Research

Dr. Robert Sumner is the Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich and an Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. At DRZ, Robert leads the lab’s research on animation and interactive graphics. His research group strives to bypass technical barriers in the animation production pipeline with new algorithms that expand the designer’s creative toolbox in terms of depiction, movement, deformation, stylization, control, and efficiency. Robert received a B.S. degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich before joining Disney Research. At ETH, Robert teaches a course called the Game Programming Laboratory in which students work in small teams to design and implement novel video games. In 2015, Robert founded the ETH Game Technology Center which provides an umbrella over ETH research, teaching, and outreach in the area of game technology.


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