Rachel McDonnell

Rachel McDonnell is an Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin where she is also a member of the Graphics, Vision, and Visualisation Group.

She is a holder of a Career Development Award from Science Foundation Ireland which funds her research on advancing character animation for the games and other interactive applications. She is also a principal investigator in the ADAPT Research Centre. Her research interests include virtual humans, human perception, character animation, and virtual reality.

Research topics that applicants could address include:

  • Virtual humans
  • Self-avatars
  • Embodied conversational agents
  • Socially communicative behavior (e.g., of emotions, personality traits)
  • Presence, body ownership, and agency
  • Teleoperation and telepresence
  • Motion Capture and analysis
  • Machine learning approaches to agent modeling
  • Perception of virtual characters