Creative Intelligence Lab

Gavin Miller

Head of Adobe Research

The Creative Intelligence Lab invents, publishes, and productizes groundbreaking research and technology. The lab has had a significant impact on the research community at large, with dozens of papers published every year in top research venues. In addition, the lab have achieved numerous high-visibility technology transfers, including features like Content-Aware Fill (accessed through the “Delete” key in Photoshop) and Warp Stabilizer (widely used in television, video, and film, including the production of Hugo and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The lab has achieved this success through a strategy of hiring world-class researchers, engaging in rich external collaborations, and establishing high-bandwidth channels of communication and close interaction with a variety of product groups and other resources inside Adobe.

Our three main goals are:

  1. To anticipate and imagine the future of technology and society, and to provide the context and inspiration for Adobe’s innovations. The result will be documents or media that envision future technology roadmaps, lifestyles and use cases. These will provide the context for inventing mainstream and disruptive innovations.
  2. To acquire or invent hardware and software platforms that are not yet widely deployed, to garner critical intellectual property, and to develop concept systems that can form the basis of future revolutionary products. Examples may include 3D scanning and 3D printing, computational and light field photography and displays, emerging user input devices and novel sensors, robotics, massively parallel neuroscience-inspired learning systems and simulations, intelligent systems that model customer behavior, econometric and statistical expert systems, and new platforms for media search, recommendation and delivery.
  3. To develop and deliver high impact technology innovations to our new and established businesses.


“The Creative Intelligence Lab spans the range of research from media intelligence to creative design. We want to help users be inspired by relevant content, through advanced media understanding and search, and then give them great tools, with cutting edge interfaces, to express their own creative vision. Members of the lab are inspired by understanding the workings of the human visual system all the way through to the creation of fine art, including drawings, paintings and 3D printed sculpture. It is a Renaissance team, in which many ideas from the arts and sciences are synthesized into exciting technology, and the researchers also have the craftsmanship to write excellent code that goes all the way to shipping in products.”

– Gavin Miller, Head of Adobe Research

Research Areas

Dynamic Graphics, Visualization, Design Graphics, Machine Learning & Big Data, Performance & Programming Languages, 3D Modeling & Rendering, Digital Imaging & Video, Fabrication, Audio/Video Editing, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Vision, Audio, 3D Scanning and Acquisition,3D Modeling and Design, 3D Rendering and Appearance Modeling, 3D Printing, Natural Media and Simulation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Intelligent 2D Design, Image Understanding, Deep Learning, Natural Language Interactions, Content Search, Digital Image Editing, Depth-Aware Imaging, Document Intelligence, Video Intelligence