The agreement will permit collaboration between the Department of Computer Science, Visual Computing and the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH-Zürich and Disney Research units including Disney Animation Studios, Image Movers Digital, Imagineering, Disney Interactive Media Group and ESPN, whose respective expertise in computer graphics and animation will complement one another.
The initiative will provide internship and technology transfer opportunities, making the collaboration of high strategic value to ETH-Zürich. Indeed Markus Gross, of ETH-Zürich, said: “Joint PhD projects and research contracts, as well as teaching services from senior Disney researchers will arise from the partnership, in addition to the joint intellectual properties and patents that will result from our research.”
Peter Chen, Vice-President of Research at ETH-Zürich, called the collaboration “A unique opportunity with enormous potential for all participating parties. To be chosen as the European location for Disney Research is further proof of ETH-Zürich’s excellent international reputation and the quality of our research and development, in this case in Information Technology and Visual Computing.”