Michael Neff is a Professor in Computer Science and Cinema & Digital Media at the University of California, Davis where he leads the Motion Lab, an interdisciplinary research effort in character animation and embodied interaction. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. His research interests include expressive character animation, gesture synthesis and understanding the impact of nonverbal communication on human interaction. He has studied how hand motion impacts personality perception, explored better techniques for glove-based capture and synthesized hand motion with a range of techniques for gesture and sign language.