Biography

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is Director of the Institute for Media Innovation in NTU, Singapore. She is also the Director of MIRALab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, a ground-breaking interdisciplinary research institute she founded in 1989. With her team, she has published more than 700 papers in top journals or conferences. Her global research domains are the simulation of Virtual Humans and Social Robots. It includes the recognition of faces, emotions and gestures as well as memory modelling. She has done early and recent research on Cultural Heritage, Human Computer Interface and VR/MR/AR. In NTU, Singapore, she revolutionized social robotics by unveiling the first realistic social robot Nadine that can show mood and emotions and remember people and actions. Besides having bachelor and master degrees in disciplines such as psychology, biology, chemistry and computer science, Professor 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 a life member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. NadiaThalmann@wikipedia