Markus Gross

Markus Gross is Vice President of Research, Disney Research, and the Director of the Disney Research Zürich lab. He is a Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH), where he is also the head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory. He joined the ETH Computer Science faculty in 1994. His research interests include physically based modeling, computer animation, immersive displays, and video technology. Before joining Disney, Gross was director of the Institute of Computational Sciences at ETH. He received a master of science in electrical and computer engineering and a PhD in computer graphics and image analysis, both from Saarland University in Germany in 1986 and 1989. Gross serves on the boards of numerous international research institutes, societies, and governmental organizations. He received the Technical Achievement Award from EUROGRAPHICS in 2010 and the Swiss ICT Champions Award in 2011. He is a fellow of the ACM and of the EUROGRAPHICS Association and a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2013 he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Konrad Zuse Medal of GI and the Karl Heinz Beckurts prize. He cofounded Cyfex AG, Novodex AG, LiberoVision AG, Dybuster AG and Gimalon AG.

Tony DeRose

Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in physics from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1995, Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Academy Award®–winning short film Geri’s Game. In 1999, he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award. And in 2006, he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award® for his work on surface representations.

Stephan Veen

Stephan Veen is Business Management Director of Disney Research. He has an MBA as well as a PhD in Economics. Before finishing his studies he served three years as Captain in the German armed forces. He has spent six years at Disney Research Zurich as lab manager, successfully growing, expanding and structuring the lab. His areas of responsibility include Disney Research’s Finances and Resource Planning, Operations and Organization, Business Strategy and Collaborations, Legal and Intellectual Property.