Dr Ivan Poupyrev, Senior Research Scientist
Walt Disney Corporation
Dec 05, 2012.
Speaker Biography (Ivan Poupyrev)
Dr. Ivan Poupyrev directs an Interaction Technology group in Disney Research's Pittsburgh Lab, a unit of Walt Disney Imagineering tasked with dreaming up and developing future technologies for Disney parks, resorts, and cruises. Dr. Poupyrev's group focuses on inventing new interactive technologies for the seamless blending of digital and physical properties in devices, everyday objects, and living environments, a direction he broadly refers to as physical computing. His interests, however, span a broad range of research fields including haptic user interfaces, tangible interfaces, shape-changing and flexible computers, augmented and virtual reality as well as spatial 3D interaction. His research was broadly published and received awards at prestigious academic conferences, exhibited world-wide, widely reported in popular media and released on the market in various consumer products and applications. Prior to Disney, Ivan has worked as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan. He also had a stint at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington as a Visiting Scientist while working on his Ph.D. dissertation in Hiroshima University, Japan.