Keynote: Communicating with Virtual Humans or Social humanoid robots, a natural Human-Computer Interface
Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann has pioneered research into virtual humans over the last 30 years. Since 1989, she is a Professor at the University of Geneva where she founded the interdisciplinary research group MIRALab.
Her global domain of research is Virtual Humans and Social Robots. She has acquired great experience in collaborative research through her strong participation in more than 50 European Research Projects. She has coordinated several projects, the most recent one is the Marie Curie Project MUSTISCALE HUMAN. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer Journal published by Springer Verlag, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds published by Wiley, and Associate Editor of many other scientific journals.
Together with her Ph.D. students, she has published more than 500 papers and books on Virtual Humans and Social Robots with research topics such as 3D clothes, hair, body gestures and emotions modelling, and medical simulation. During her career, she has received more than 30 Awards, very recently, she received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award in Germany.
Besides directing her research group MIRALab in Switzerland, she is presently Professor and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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