Catarina Runa Miranda describes herself as creative scientist. She is currently finishing her PhD at PIC – FCUP and IT Porto and focuses her studies in finding inventive ways to solve computer vision and graphics literature problems. As background, she holds a Master degree in biomedical engineering since 2011 and worked in companies, like Siemens S.A. and Microsoft, and was consultant of technology transfer at University of Porto Innovation. More specifically, her pursuit is to deploy on-the-fly facial animation with MoCap systems for Virtual Reality as practical applications dissolving boundaries between academy and industry.
Pedro Mendes is a PhD candidate working in the field of Computer Graphics, at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto. He is currently dealing with “Automated Facial Rigging System”. He has an M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His final thesis was developed in collaboration with Siemens S.A. and focused on the field of magnetic resonance imaging and computer vision. Pedro is currently part of the Porto Interactive Center group, where he is developing an avatar generation pipeline. Some of the projects he has been involved with include: VERE, GOLEM and LIFEisGAME. With the experience gathered during the last years in computer graphics and facial animation, Pedro aims to work in the field of avatar generation and animation.