Director, Institute for Media Innovation, Visiting Professor at School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
MIRALab, Centre Universitaire Informatique (CUI), University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann has pioneered research into virtual humans over the last 30 years. In 1989, she founded the interdisciplinary research group MIRALab at the University of Geneva. Her global domain of research is Virtual Humans and Social Robots. She has acquired a great experience of collaborative research through her strong participation to more than 50 European Research Projects, recently the Marie Curie Project MULTISCALE HUMAN.
Professor Thalmann has authored dozens of books, has published more than 600 papers together with her PhD students, with research topics such as 3D clothes, hair, body gestures, emotions modeling, and medical simulation, and delivered more than 300 keynote addresses, including at global events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Besides having bachelor’s and master’s degrees in disciplines such as psychology, biology, chemistry and computer science, Professor Magnenat-Thalmann completed her PhD in quantum physics at the University of Geneva. She has received honorary doctorates from Leibniz University of Hannover and the University of Ottawa in Canada and several prestigious other awards as the Humboldt Research Award in Germany.She is Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer, co-Editor-in-Chief of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, and editor of many other scientific journals. She is a life member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Professor Magnenat-Thalmann’s research interests are mainly on Virtual humans, both on the creative and the algorithmic side. One recent interest is to model the physiological Virtual Human, including specific individual modeling of organs. Her research recent topics of interest include: Interactive Autonomous Virtual Humans and Social Robots, Modelling personalities, emotions, memory processes and relationship models, Physics-based modelling of deformations of soft tissue, Segmentation methods for MRI data, and 3D Fabrication