In This Episode

  • In this episode of Intel on AI guest Doug Roble, the senior director of software research and development at Digital Domain, joins hosts Abigail Hing Wen and Amir Khosrowshahi to talk about how Digital Domain creates virtual effects for blockbuster movies.

  • Doug, Abigail, and Amir discuss how Digital Domain developed virtual characters for Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Josh Brolin in Avengers: Endgame, the technology and AI models that go into creating such complex visuals, and the virtual humans the company is working on today.



Speaker: Doug Roble, Senior Director of Software Research and Development, Digital Domain


As the Senior Director of Software R&D at Digital Domain, Doug leads a world-class team that develops software and conducts research to advance the artistry and technology for feature films and new media of all kinds. An original member of Digital Domain, Doug has been writing software and conducting research to advance the artistry and technology of feature films since the studio’s inception.

Doug was awarded two Academy Sci-Tech Awards: one for "Track," an integrated software program that extracts critical 2D and 3D information about a scene and the camera used to film it (developed in the 1990s, “Track” is still in use today!); and the second for his work on the fluid simulation system at Digital Domain which incorporates innovative algorithms and refined adaptations of published methods to achieve large-scale water effects.

He has participated in SIGGRAPH nearly continuously, in one form or another, for over 25 years, including leading multiple courses, papers and presentations. An accomplished orator and advocate of technological advancement, Doug speaks regularly at premier conferences and events including TED2019, and keynotes at the Symposium on Computer Animation and the DigiPro Conference. Also, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Graphics Tools” for seven years.

Doug is an active member of the Visual Effects branch of the Academy and is the chair of the Academy’s Sci/Tech Awards Committee.

To see the latest digital humans the company is developing, watch this YouTube video.