Rodrigo Cano

  • XR Engineer
  • Performance and Optimization
  • Technical Art

Senior Programmer @ Ubisoft

Performance and Optimization team lead for Assassin’s Creed VR, a AAA VR game. I have been professionally working in the XR space since 2016 starting at Magic Leap. Magic Leap allowed me to wear various hats, design, and explore since experience in AR was relatively new at the time. Now at Ubisoft I use and expand those learnings by working on everything from rendering, to AI, and UI. I am passionate about exploring creativity through the means of technology.

Personal Information



Magic Leap Logo

The Magic Leap Logo was prototyped and finalized in Unity

Magic Leap Startup

Startup scene you would see when you start the Magic Leap 1

Magic Leap Launcher

The launcher is used to launch apps on the Magic Leap 1

Magic Leap 1 Controller Input

Hardware and Interaction Design for the Magic Leap 1 controller

Audio Wave

Music game created in 40 hours

Packet Loss

Created for Building Virtual Worlds. Uses PS Moves

VFX 2013

VFX, shaders, and fluid FX Demo


2020 - Present

Senior Programmer @ Ubisoft

from February 2020 to Present


Performance and Optimization team lead for Assassin’s Creed VR, a AAA VR game. Since February 2020 I’ve been working with a talented 14 person team of engineers and technical artists to improve and maintain the performance of the game while maintaining the creative vision.

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2016 - 2020

Senior Interaction Engineer @ Magic Leap

from April 2016 to January 2020

What is interaction in mixed reality?

In 2016 we began prototyping the UI/UX for the Magic Leap operating system (LuminOS) and system apps. This original prototype was done on a combination of experimental hardware and other products using Unity3D and a lot of hacks. This prototype led to the creation of a number of input algorithms and designs used throughout the operating system. During the creation of LuminOS I was left in charge of art integration, authored various shaders and rendering features for the incorporation of the UI/UX design.

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2015 - 2015

Senior Developer @ iPipeline

from August 2015 to April 2015

Software as a service development in AFFIRM for Annuities

A venture into non-entertainment based programming. AFFIRM for Annuities was a challenging and monolothic codebase that used mainly C# and their own proprietary language under the agile methodology. I Worked closely with clients to deliver customized solutions to major banks. I was also put in charge of maintaining, updating, and building their mobile solution.

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2014 - 2015

Programmer @ SeaShells Education Software

from August 2014 to present day

Creating a reading game using speech recognition

At SeaShells I developed a speech recognition driven children’s game called Reading Racer. There is currently no easily available offline speech recognition solution for unity. I wrote two multiplatform plugins using C++ for unity for two different ASR solutions, PocketSphinx and Kaldi.

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2010 - 2010

Programming Intern @ Scientech of Berwick

from January 2010 to May 2010

Data managment for the nuclear industry

Worked on a 10+ year old codebase and database used for tracking in nuclear facilities. Fixed bugs and added features to the Oracle Forms and based system. I spoke with clients regularly in order to discuss and address their needs more efficiently when adding or modifying existing features. Scientech had very strict development and QA procedures to follow.

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2012 - 2013

Carnegie Mellon University

from January 2012 to December 2013

Master's in Entertainment Technology

The first semester comprises of rapid prototyping five games in an agile environment. Each game took anywhere from a week to three weeks to create. Afterwards we are put in multidisciplinary teams for semester long projects where we develop for clients such as Electronic Arts. The ETC challenged my tech skills as well as my ability to effectively communicate with others in order to get the most out of an iteration.

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2007 - 2011

Bloomsburg University

from August 2007 to May 2011

Bachelor's in Computer Science

Bachelor's in Mathematics

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Technical Arsenal

Skill Focus

Very Good
Very good

Skill List

C# C/C++ Java Python php5 PL/SQL DirectX HLSL GLSL CG
Quest Oculus Rift Vive Magic Leap Kinect Wii Remote PS Move Stem 6DoF
Unity3D UDK XCode Visual Studio Jira
Version Control
Git Mercurial Perforce Gerrit
Content Design
Photoshop After Effects Maya 3ds Max FumeFX


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