Scott is a researcher at Adobe Systems, Incorporated working in the areas of computer vision and image processing. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Stanford University in 1999 where his advisor was Professor Leonidas Guibas. He also earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from Stanford University in 1993. He did two summer internships in 1993 and 1994 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Alan Hindmarsh, where he worked on the CVODE ordinary differential equation solver.
He joined Adobe in July 1999 after completing his doctorate degree. A major focus of his work at Adobe has been selection in images and videos. For example, he made fundamental technology contributions to the Photoshop Quick Selection Tool which uses a brush-based interface to allow users to make a very good selection quickly, and to the Photoshop Refine Edge dialog which allows users to refine a selection to capture fine details such as hair and fur. His technical work for both of these selection features was done with his frequent Adobe collaborator Gregg Wilensky. He has also been a frequent collaborator with Brigham Young University, most recently with Professor Bryan Morse and his Ph.D. student Brian Price on interactive selection in video and images, and image matting.
His research interests include interactive image and video segmentation, image and video matting, stereo, upsampling, and deblurring.