Nadia Magnenat Thalmann

MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland


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Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is Director of MIRALab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, a ground- breaking interdisciplinary research Institute she founded in 1989. In her early career, she has pioneered the field of 3D realistic Virtual Humans. Her film, Rendez-vous in Montreal, (1987), simulating 3D legendary stars has received international recognition. Nadia Thalmann has been nominated Woman of the Year in 1987 in Montreal for her exceptional contribution to Sciences. Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann has pioneered research in 3D physical modeling of clothes and early facial animation models. She has initiated fundamental research in VR/AR/MR showing Mixed Reality scenes in Pompeii and in cultural applications. Her work in 3D simulation of medical articulations, visualizing the hip’s cartilage of classical ballerinas while dancing was highly recognized.

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’s and master’s degrees in several disciplines, 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 and several other prestigious Awards. She is a life Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. Wikipedia Nadia Thalmann