Professor Kenny Mitchell


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Professor Kenny Mitchell is a Disney Imagineer and head of research for The Walt Disney Company Ltd.

He has 19 years of experience delivering research results into commercial video games, including technology for Spielberg's BAFTA winning Boom Blox, the $1Bn Harry Potter and Disney Infinity video games ( He is developing technologies to blend the real and digital worlds for augmented reality, including installations, such as Project Skye, 8.3 million Star Wars selfies and interactive visual media production technologies.

He is Principal Investigator for Napier as part the EU ITN project DISTRO with 2 PhD studentships to offer for immediate start, one on Augmented Reality and one on Data Science.

Past and current PhD and MPhil supervisions

Simon PilgrimBabis KoniarisNick Swafford, Gwyneth Bradbury, Dan Calian

He serves on the business mentor panel and board of Edinburgh University School of Design Informatics, as chair for ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games, and Conference on Visual Media Production, on the EPSRC strategic advisory network including the UK Digital Economy Impact Review, an advisor on Objects Sandbox, OAK and the Digital Media Industry Leadership Group.

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  • Information Visualisation
    Information visualisation is the use of enhanced Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to communicate and interact with complex data sets such as social networks, multiattribute tables, and financial data. Pages of text and numbers are not the most effective way to communicate or understand information.
  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
  • Interactive Graphics and Simulation
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    Recent Projects

    The DISTRO network brings together leading laboratories in Visual Computing and 3D Computer Graphics research across Europe with the aim of training a new generation of scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs that will move Europe into a leading role in the scientific and technological...
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    Recent Publications

    Bitterli, B., Rousselle, F., Moon, B., Iglesias-Guitian, Jose A., Adler, D., Mitchell, K., Jarosz, W., Novak, J. (2016). Nonlinearly Weighted First-Order Regression for Denoising Monte Carlo Renderings. Computer Graphics Forum - Proceedings of Eurographics Symposium on Rendering, 35, (4), 1-11.

    Moon, B., McDonagh, S., Mitchell, K., Gross, M. (2016). Adaptive Polynomial Rendering. ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) - Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2016, 35, (4), .

    Moon, B., Iglesias-Guitian, Jose A., Yoon, S., Mitchell, K. (2015). Adaptive Rendering with Linear Predictions. ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) - Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2015, 34, (4), 121-132.

    Miller, M., Cumming, A., Chalmers, K., Kenwright, B., Mitchell, K. (2014). Poxels: polygonal voxel environment rendering. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 20th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, , () ( ed.). (pp. 235-236). New York, NY, USA: . ACM.

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