Fiona Rivera MSc, BSc, BSc, is a member of the Multimedia and Vision Research Group (MMV) in the school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.
Fiona started out as a business manager for a magazine after completing a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science . She later pursued a BSC in Computing, and an MSc in Virtual Environments to transition into technology related fields. She is also well grounded in animation and 3D techniques through her professional level 3D artist training at Escape Studios – a premier visual effects academy in London, followed by Advanced Character Animation studies at Animation Mentor (AM). She was mentored at AM by world class animators from studios such as ILM, Weta, Sony, Pixar, and Disney.
Fiona has worked as a freelance 3D artist and animator, and has also developed and taught undergraduate, and postgraduate university courses in 3D animation, virtual reality systems, 3D modelling and rendering, and visual effects.
Fiona’s primary research interests centre around 3D animation and virtual humans in real-time virtual environments. Fiona has made significant technical contributions towards EU FP7 projects including technical direction of REVERIE‘s animation platform, virtual reality demos for 3D Life, deliverable writing and quality control for CONNECTA 2020, represented EMC2 and more. Fiona also co-authored Sam’s Teach Yourself Maya in 24 Hours, and has published virtual reality related research papers.
In a volunteer capacity, Fiona is a founder member on the board at London ACM SIGGRAPH, helping to bring events of interest to the London computer graphics, and VFX communities.