Timo Aila joined NVIDIA Research in 2007 from Helsinki University of Technology, where he led the computer graphics research group. His expertise ranges from real-time rendering in computer games (eg. Max Payne, third-party engine development for numerous games, the first commercial occlusion culling library Umbra) to hardware architectures, and also to high-quality image synthesis with contributions to the PantaRay rendering system used in Avatar, Tintin, and Hobbit. He also gained expertise in mobile graphics as the chief scientist of Hybrid Graphics, which was acquired by NVIDIA in 2006.

Timo is currently working on machine learning in content creation and graphics. Previously he had a central role in NVIDIA's research efforts on ray tracing, stochastic rasterization, and light field reconstruction.