MIRALab was founded in 1989 by Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann and is composed of more than 30 researchers coming from many different fields, such as computer science, mathematics, medical field, design, architecture, fashion design, cognitive science, etc. The group is truly interdisciplinary, working in the field of computer graphics, computer animation and virtual worlds. Since 1992 the group has participated in more than 45 European and national Projects. International conferences are often organised in Switzerland by Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann and her team. Moreover, MIRALab participates in different manifestation such as fashion shows with virtual models and clothes.
The director of the lab, Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, and the members of the group have written more than 300 papers, 50 books. More than a dozen of PhD students obtained their PhDs through the research lead at MIRALab. Former PhDs have become Professor in renown Institutes like Indian Institute of Technology, University of Zaghreb, University of Utrecht, University of Ottawa, University of Carleton. Past PhD students work in renown companies like Alias-Wavefront in Toronto, Softimage in Montreal, PDI Dreamworks in California, Electronic Arts in California, Adobe in California, Samsung in Korea, IBM Switzerland or BUF Compagnie in France.