Katja Zibrek

MSc Psychology, PhD Computer Science

I currently hold a starting research position at the MimeTic team, Inria Rennes, France. My main area of investigation are virtual humans, in particular, how appearance realism of virtual characters guides the perception and behaviour of the viewer. I frequently use virtual reality (VR) to study behavioral responses to characters so a good deal of my work is in VR.


Dr. Katja Zibrek

Inria, MimeTIC team

E-mail: katja.zibrek@inria.fr

Campus de Beaulieu

35042 Rennes Cedex, France

Short CV

Professional experience
Dates Position Institution
2020 - 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
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 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