Keynote Speakers and Abstracts of Speeches


Humanoid robots: what’s new, what’s next

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, University of Geneva , Switzerland

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann has pioneered research into virtual humans over the last 30 years. She obtained several Bachelor's and Master's degrees in various disciplines (Psychology, Biology and Biochemistry) and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the University of Geneva in 1977. 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. She is 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 PhD 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, emotions modeling, and medical simulation. She has been invited to give more than 300 keynote lectures in various institutions and organizations.

Besides directing her research group MIRALab in Switzerland, she is presently a Professor and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Holistic 3D scene understanding, modelling and reconstruction from single RGB images

Professor Jian Chang, Bournemouth University, UK

Jian Chang is a professor of the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, UK. His research has focused on data-driven scene retrieval, physically based animation, novel HCI, and VR/AR applications. He has co-authored 108 peer-reviewed papers (including high-impact TOG, IEEE TVCG & CGF), edited/co-edited 3 books and has been have been a program co-chair of Computer Graphics International 2019 and the program committee member for over 20 International conferences.

He is a PI of EU H2020 MSCA-COFUND Centre for Applied Creative Technologies – 900025, which supports postdoctoral training and hosts international fellows. His research has contributed to a number of prestigious research projects (FP7-ICT “Dr Inventor” 611383 on mining research data to supplement human ingenuity in science, FP7 MC-IIF “AniM”-623883 (PI) on smart data management for computer animation, H2020 MSCA-IF “Multifluid” – 895941 (PI) on fluid animation tools and FP7 MC-IRSES project “AniNex” – 612627 (chief scientist) on next generation animation technologies involving international efforts of 5 leading research institutions.