The DisneyResearch|Studios’ leadership team combines academic credentials with business acumen. Markus Gross – Disney’s Vice President of Research and Professor of Computer Graphics at ETH in Zurich – creates the vision for DisneyResearch|Studios on a grand scale. Robert Sumner, Associate Director and the right hand of Markus Gross, helps with lab management and supports the implementation of the lab’s research strategy. 

Research Staff

Our researchers consist of world-class scientists from varying backgrounds that have been selected for their potential ability to contribute to The Walt Disney Studios and academic community overall.

Support Teams

Engineers, producers, artists, and our administrative staff help to ensure our research is successful by helping us through the entire research cycle.


Many great researchers and other talented people have worked at Disney Research, and contributed to incredible inventions. Take a look at our list of alumni.