Kenny Mitchell

Kenny Mitchell

Prof Kenny Mitchell

Professor

Biography

Professor Kenny Mitchell is a Technical Director of Rendering at Roblox Corporation and chair of Video Game Technology at Edinburgh Napier University providing practical technology solutions for video games, Disney theme parks, movie production, and immersive media. Over the past 20 years he has shipped video games ground breaking high-end graphics technologies including voxels, volumetric light scattering, motion blur, light field and deep learning methods. His Ph.D. founded real-time 3D graphics for information visualization on consumer hardware. Whilst leading technology into movie franchise video games like Harry Potter, the BAFTA award winning Boom Blox with Stephen Spielberg, Star Wars augmented reality photos, and image quality for CG (Finding Dory) & live action (Pirates of the Caribbean) films, he currently has over 50 patent inventions. He has built and managed research groups up to 20 people, and projects with international consortia of up to 24 companies/universities.
He is Principal Investigator for Napier as part the EU ITN project DISTRO with PhD studentships to offer for immediate start.
Past and current PhD and MPhil supervisions
Simon Pilgrim (UCL), Babis Koniaris (Bath), Nick Swafford (Bath), Gwyneth Bradbury (UCL), Dan Calian (UCL), Isadora Sanna (Bath), Llogari Casas Cambra (ENU), Angeliki Glynou (ENU), Caio Brito (U Montreal), David Sinclair (Edinburgh University).
He serves on the board of InGAME, as past chair of ACM SIGGRAPH I3D, CVMP and VRCAI and current Editorial Board of IEEE Computers and Graphics and ACM Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, on the EPSRC strategic advisory network including the UK Digital Economy Impact Review, USA NSF scoping in immersive technologies.
https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,43106/, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7376664/, BAFTA, ACM Pioneer, IEEE Senior. https://twitter.com/farpeek Roblox: ProfessorKJM & farpeekl
Personal Page: farpeek.com

Esteem

Editorial Activity

  • Kenny Mitchell joins Editorial Board of IEEE Computers and Graphics

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Professor Kenny Mitchell gets Best Paper award at ACM Conference on Visual Media Production

 

Invited Speaker

  • Prof K Mitchell to give Keynote talk at Eurographics UK.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • IEEE Senior Member

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Cobra Simulation Ltd

 

Spin-outs and Licences

  • 3FINERY Ltd co-founder and CTO

 

Date


76 results

Collimated Whole Volume Light Scattering in Homogeneous Finite Media

Journal Article
Velinov, Z., & Mitchell, K. (in press)
Collimated Whole Volume Light Scattering in Homogeneous Finite Media. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, https://doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2021.3135764
Crepuscular rays form when light encounters an optically thick or opaque medium which masks out portions of the visible scene. Real-time applications commonly estimate this ph...

Foreward to the Special Section on the Reality-Virtuality Continuum and its Applications (RVCA)

Journal Article
Glencross, M., Mitchell, K., Mark, B., & Pan, Y. (2021)
Foreward to the Special Section on the Reality-Virtuality Continuum and its Applications (RVCA). Computers and Graphics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2021.05.007
Abstract not available.

Embodied online dance learning objectives of CAROUSEL +

Conference Proceeding
Mitchell, K., Koniaris, B., Tamariz, M., Kennedy, J., Cheema, N., Mekler, E., …Mac Williams, C. (2021)
Embodied online dance learning objectives of CAROUSEL +. In 2021 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW) (309-313). https://doi.org/10.1109/VRW52623.2021.00062
This is a position paper concerning the embodied dance learning objectives of the CAROUSEL + 1 project, which aims to impact how online immersive technologies influence multiu...

FaceMagic: Real-time Facial Detail Effects on Mobile

Conference Proceeding
Casas, L., Li, Y., & Mitchell, K. (2020)
FaceMagic: Real-time Facial Detail Effects on Mobile. In SA '20: SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Technical Communications. , (1-4). https://doi.org/10.1145/3410700.3425429
We present a novel real-time face detail reconstruction method capable of recovering high quality geometry on consumer mobile devices. Our system firstly uses a morphable mode...

Improving VIP viewer Gaze Estimation and Engagement Using Adaptive Dynamic Anamorphosis

Journal Article
Pan, Y., & Mitchell, K. (2021)
Improving VIP viewer Gaze Estimation and Engagement Using Adaptive Dynamic Anamorphosis. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 147, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2020.102563
Anamorphosis for 2D displays can provide viewer centric perspective viewing, enabling 3D appearance, eye contact and engagement, by adapting dynamically in real time to a sing...

Active Learning for Interactive Audio-Animatronic Performance Design

Journal Article
Castellon, J., Bächer, M., McCrory, M., Ayala, A., Stolarz, J., & Mitchell, K. (2020)
Active Learning for Interactive Audio-Animatronic Performance Design. The Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques, 9(3), 1-19
We present a practical neural computational approach for interactive design of Audio-Animatronic® facial performances. An offline quasi-static reference simulation, driven by ...

Props Alive: A Framework for Augmented Reality Stop Motion Animation

Conference Proceeding
Casas, L., Kosek, M., & Mitchell, K. (2020)
Props Alive: A Framework for Augmented Reality Stop Motion Animation. In 2017 IEEE 10th Workshop on Software Engineering and Architectures for Realtime Interactive Systems (SEARIS)https://doi.org/10.1109/SEARIS41720.2017.9183487
Stop motion animation evolved in the early days of cinema with the aim to create an illusion of movement with static puppets posed manually each frame. Current stop motion mov...

PoseMMR: A Collaborative Mixed Reality Authoring Tool for Character Animation

Conference Proceeding
Pan, Y., & Mitchell, K. (2020)
PoseMMR: A Collaborative Mixed Reality Authoring Tool for Character Animation. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW). , (759-760). https://doi.org/10.1109/vrw50115.2020.00230
Augmented reality devices enable new approaches for character animation, e.g., given that character posing is three dimensional in nature it follows that interfaces with highe...

Group-Based Expert Walkthroughs: How Immersive Technologies Can Facilitate the Collaborative Authoring of Character Animation

Conference Proceeding
Pan, Y., & Mitchell, K. (2020)
Group-Based Expert Walkthroughs: How Immersive Technologies Can Facilitate the Collaborative Authoring of Character Animation. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW). , ( ‏188-195). https://doi.org/10.1109/vrw50115.2020.00041
Immersive technologies have increasingly attracted the attention of the computer animation community in search of more intuitive and effective alternatives to the current soph...

Photo-Realistic Facial Details Synthesis from Single Image

Conference Proceeding
Chen, A., Chen, Z., Zhang, G., Zhang, Z., Mitchell, K., & Yu, J. (2019)
Photo-Realistic Facial Details Synthesis from Single Image. In 2019 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) (9429-9439). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCV.2019.00952
We present a single-image 3D face synthesis technique that can handle challenging facial expressions while recovering fine geometric details. Our technique employs expression ...

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