Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Universidad de Zaragoza.
Member of the Graphics & Imaging Lab, I3A Institute.
Member of the Vision, Image and Neurodevelopment Group, IIS Aragon Institute.

Maria de Luna, 1. Edificio Ada Byron. 50018, Zaragoza (Spain).
Email: bmasia (at) unizar (dot) es
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Short biography: Belen Masia is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Universidad de Zaragoza. She is a member of the Graphics & Imaging Lab of the I3A Institute, and of the Vision, Image and Neurodevelopment Group of the IIS Aragon Institute. Her research focuses on the areas of computational imaging, applied perception, and virtual reality. Prior to her current position, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics. Belen Masia is a Eurographics Junior Fellow. She is also the recipient of a Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2017, a Eurographics PhD Award in 2015, an award to the top ten innovators below 35 in Spain from MIT Technology Review in 2014, and an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship in 2012. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Graphics.

Research topics

· Virtual reality: Our work in virtual reality pursues understanding and modeling user behaviour in virtual environments. This includes saliency prediction, modeling of multimodal perception, or the exploration of cinematography in VR, among other topics.
· Modeling and perception of appearance: Our goal is finding appearance representations that correlate well with human perception and are intuitive to manipulate and edit by users. With this goal in mind, we work on the design of material appearance metrics, intuitive control spaces for editing, and applications such as gamut mapping.
· Applied perception and visual function: Our work leverages insights from how the human visual works and computational models of perception to improve algorithms and techniques in graphics and vision. In addition to this, we work on the evaluation of the visual function and the diagnosis of visual defects in non-collaborative patients.
· Other topics of interest include high dynamic range imaging and computational displays.


Jul. 2020

Our work on how "Auditory stimuli degrade visual performance in virtual reality" has been published in Scientific Reports. Code and data will soon be available.

May 2020

My former PhD student Ana Serrano (graduated April 2019) received one of the Eurographics PhD Awards this year. Congrats!

Apr. 2020

I will serve on the SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Technical Papers Committee. Submissions due May 22nd (forms May 21st).

Mar. 2020

Next academic year (2020-2021) we will be offering a new Masters degree in Robotics, Graphics and Vision at Universidad de Zaragoza. It will be taught in English, and is supported by the Computer Science Department, the Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group, and the Graphics and Imaging Lab. Preadmission is already open!

Mar. 2020

I will serve on the EGSR 2020 Program Committee. Submissions due April 17th (abstracts April 13th).

Feb. 2020

My former PhD student Ana Serrano (graduated April 2019) received the Outstanding Thesis Award from Universidad de Zaragoza.

Jul. 2019

Our work on "A similarity measure for material appearance" will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2019 in Los Angeles!

Jun. 2019

I co-chair the Computational Visual Media Conference 2020, to be held in Macau in September 2020. Submissions due October 11th, 2019.

Apr. 2019

I co-chair the SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Technical Briefs & Posters Programs. We look forward to your best work being presented in Australia! Submissions deadline is August 12th.

Mar. 2019

We just presented our work on 6-DoF video at IEEE VR 2019 in Osaka: "Motion parallax for 360° RGBD video".

Jan. 2019

I will serve on the SIGGRAPH 2019 Technical Papers Committee.