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Science AMA Series: I’m Nadia Thalmann, head of the MIRALab Research Lab at the University of Geneva, chair the Institute for Media Innovation in Singapore at NTU, and Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s The
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Hi reddit! I am a very interdisciplinary researcher working with Virtual Characters and social robots. I like to model human behaviour as recognition of gestures and faces, and simulating natural reactions. My dream is to have a virtual coach that could help me in many situations (personal assistant). I also work for creating 3D virtual worlds, where we can see ancient decors and interact with ancient people. I am also interested in the medical field. I work with medical doctors and patients for simulating articulations. All my research can be seen on www.miralab.ch. For the Social robot Nadine, I was always interested in automaton. They were automatic machines that followed a sequence of predefined actions. With Nadine, the social robot, we can now create more autonomy and adaptation through the interaction. A lot of people have reacted to the fact that Nadine looks like a real person. Some of them like it, some others find it scary. For me, she looks quite natural. I would be happy to give more information or answer questions to anyone interested. I’ll be back at 6 pm EST (3 pm PST, 11 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything!