Disney Research has been actively pushing the state-of-the-art in digitizing humans over the past decade, impacting both academia and industry. In this talk I will give an overview of a selected few projects in this area, from research into production. I will be talking about photogrammetric shape acquisition and dense performance capture for faces, eye and teeth scanning and parameterization, as well as physically based capture and modelling for hair and volumetric tissues.
Thabo Beeler is a Principal Research Scientist at Disney Research in Zurich, where he is heading the Capture and Effects group. For his contributions to markerless facial performance capture, he will receive a sci-tech award of the academy of motion pictures in 2019. In 2018 he was awarded the Eurographics Young Researcher Award for his research and prior to that he obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich, for which he was awarded with the Eurographics PhD award in 2013. He was also awarded the ETH medal (highest possible distinction) for his master thesis by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Over the past decade, Thabo has been working on digital humans, focusing on high-quality facial geometry reconstruction and dense performance capture. He has published several papers on these topics and has contributed to different feature films, advancing the state-of-the-art on whats considered the holy grail of visual effects.