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Ronald Mallet is director and founder of Facebook Reality Labs in Sausalito, focused on pursuing photorealistic physically based virtual humans for AR/VR applications. His research is focused on machine perception, biomechanical motion analysis, data-driven simulations and rendering of genuine human interactions behaviors, spanning sub-disciplines in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning. Prior to joining Oculus Research, he was a lead researcher at Industrial Light & Magic, a Lucasfilm division, working on cutting edge technologies to deliver visual effects and digital characters for high-end feature films, including Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Avengers, Transformers and others. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for his ground breaking work on markerless full body on-set motion capture in 2016. Prior to ILM, he held various research and engineering positions since 1997, including leading the awarding-winning MatchMover software project for camera tracking, focusing mostly on 3d data capture and reconstruction for visual effects, and digital image, video and signal processing applications.
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