Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is a Principal Research Scientist at the Walt Disney Company, where he directs an Interactive Technologies Group in the Disney Research Pittsburgh laboratory tasked with dreaming up and developing future technologies for Disney parks, resorts, and cruises. Prior to Disney, Ivan worked as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan. He also did a stint at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington as a visiting scientist while working on his Ph.D. dissertation at Hiroshima University, Japan.
Ivan's research focuses on inventing breakthrough new technologies and designing innovative interaction paradigms that seamlessly blend digital and physical interactivity in devices, everyday objects, and living environments on a very large scale. His research and innovations span a broad range of topics including virtual and augmented reality, haptics, sensing and actuators, interactive biological matter, energy harvesting, 3D printing and additive manufacturing and much more.
The results of his work have been presented at major international scientific conferences, such as ACM SIGGRAPH, CHI, UIST and ISMAR to name a few, where it received multiple Best Paper and Best Demo awards and nominations. His research was broadly reported in popular media including BBC, CNN, Wired, New York Times, New Scientist, Financial Times, The Washington Post, NIKKEI, Forbes, Time, MIT Technology review and many others. Besides international recognition, the results of his research were released on the market in a variety of products worldwide. His innovations in interaction design received the Nokia Ubimedia Award, were featured in the International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne, were nominated for National Design Award by Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and received Honorable Mention at ARS Prix Electronica in 2013. Forrester Media featured him as one of the leading Digital Disruptors in 2013 and Bloomberg Business Week featured his profile as one of the Innovators of 2012. In 2013, Fast Company Magazine recognized him as one of the World’s 100 Most Creative People.
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|2013~||Principal Research Scientist, Disney Research, Pittsburgh.|
|2013~||Visiting Faculty, School of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton USA.|
|2013~||Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science,
Carengie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA.
|2009 - 2013||Senior Research Scientist, Disney Research, Pittsburgh.|
|2001 - 2009||Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Japan.|
|1999 - 2001||Researcher, Media Integration and Communication Laboratories, ATR International, Japan.|
|1999||Doctor of Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan.|
|1995 - 1998||Visiting Researcher, Human Interface Technology Laboratory, University of Washington, USA.|
|1994 - 1999||Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan.|
|1992||MS with honors from Moscow Airspace University in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.|
|1988 - 1994||Research Associate, Laboratory for Mathematical Modeling, Bakulev Institute for Cardiovascular Surgery, USSR.|
|1986 - 1992||Student, Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Moscow Airspace University, USSR.|
Ivan Poupyrev (c) 1994-2013, updated 10/1/2013
Fast Company magazine named me as
one of the 100 Most Creative People of 2013.
Bloomberg Business Week
profiled me in their Innovator Column.
UK fashion magazine "Dazed and Confused"
talks to me about future and technology.