Dr. Katja Zibrek

I am an ISFP Researcher at Inria Rennes, France. My main area of investigation is the perception of virtual humans in Virtual Reality. I use the methods from psychology and computer science to understand the impact of virtual human on users' subjective and behavioral response.

See the ForEVR project page


Dr. Katja Zibrek

Inria, VirtUs team

E-mail: katja.zibrek@inria.fr

Campus de Beaulieu

35042 Rennes Cedex, France

Short CV

Professional experience
Dates Position Institution
2023 - ISFP - Starting Faculty Position at Inria Inria, Rennes, France
2021 - 2023 MSCA-IF Postdoctoral Researcher: project ForEVR Inria, Rennes, France
2020 - 2021 Starting Research Position Inria, Rennes, France
2017 – 2019 Postdoctoral researcher Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dates Level Institution
2013 – 2017 Doctorate Computer Science School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2004 – 2010 Diploma (B.Sc. + M.Sc.) Psychology Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Award Description
European Funding Individual Fellowship under the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, project ForEVR H2020-MSCA-IF-2020; No. 101030793; amount: 184 707.84 EUR. Start date: September 2021
Best paper awards Title: “Investigating perceptually based models to predict importance of facial blendshapes’’ Granted by: Motion, Interaction and Games conference, on 18th October 2020.
Title: “Is photorealism important for perception of expressive virtual humans in VR?” Granted by: Symposium on Applied Perception, on 20th September 2019.
Best poster awards Title: “May I sit next to you? The effect of motion quality of virtual agents on the proximity in virtual reality’’ Granted by: Motion, Interaction and Games on 14th November 2021.
Best presentation award Title: “Exploring the effect of emotions on gender perception”, granted by: Symposium on Applied Perception, on 23rd August 2013; award prize: €75.
“Presern award” Faculty award for exceptional/innovative diploma thesis Title: “The influence of the virtual environment on the emotional state and the feeling of presence in this environment”, granted by: Univerza v Ljubljani, on 2nd December 2010; award prize: €80