Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.
UNIGE offers more than 280 types of degrees and more than 250 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine and humanities. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: Frontiers in Genetics, Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (MaNEP), Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective. The university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Founded in 1989 and headed by the Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, MIRALab teams up around 20 researchers coming from as many different fields as Computer Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Telecommunications, Architecture, Fashion Design, Cognitive Science, Haptics, Augmented Reality, etc. This truly interdisciplinary group works in the field of Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds. The group works under the aegis of the Centre Universitaire Informatique (CUI), University of Geneva in Switzerland.
MIRALab not only participates in numerous European and National projects but the team also produces displays for museums, galleries and has also worked for and with private companies. The group has generated over 600 papers and 40 books and has received many prizes and awards in different fields. Prof. Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann has directed more than 20 PhD thesis. Former PhDs have become Professors in renown institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology, the University of Zaghreb, the University of Utrecht, the University of Ottawa, Kaist in Korea, for example, or are working in renown companies like Electronic Arts and PDI/ Dreamworks in California, Samsung in Korea, IBM in Switzerland or BUF Compagnie in France, to mention just a few.