Quinn Smithwick received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. His dissertation on the prototyping, modeling, and control of a miniature scanning endoscope was conducted at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory. His postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School was on the development of a transportable scanning laser ophthalmoscope (retinal camera) to facilitate retinal examinations in underserved communities. His postdoctoral research at the MIT Media Lab was on the development of MIT’s next-generation holographic video display, including the design and implementation of the optical pathways, holographic optical elements, RF electronics, and GPU based real-time holographic rendering algorithms. Other projects he was involved with at MIT included the Bokode unobstrusive data tag and the “Seeing Machine” visual aid for the legally blind.
His goal at Disney is to allow virtual characters to share physical space with our guests. His main research area at Disney Research is novel display technologies with particular emphasis on autostereoscopic displays and augmented reality environments. He also represents and directs Disney Research’s fundamental display research with the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics at the University of Cambridge (UK).