Dr Cathy Ennis

Background

I have a BEng in Electronic Engineering from NUI Maynooth, and a MSc in Cognitive Science from UCD. I received my PhD from Trinity College Dublin in April 2011, under the supervision of Prof. Carol O'Sullivan.

My research is based in the field of Computer Graphics, specifically in perceptually guided graphics. I am interested in creating plausible virtual humans and groups. My most recent research is part of SFI funded project CAPTAVATAR (under the supervision of Prof. Carol O'Sullivan), which aims to investigate those properties which make a virtual character engaging. I have previously worked on EU FP7 and SFI projects, also focused on creating virtual agents/crowds for serious games and realistic virtual environments.

FrankenFolk: Distinctiveness and Attractiveness of Voice and Motion, Jan Ondrej, Cathy Ennis, Niamh Merriman, Tiarnan McNulty, Carol O’Sullivan, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Volume 13, Number 4, Article 20, 2016
Seeing is believing: Body motion dominates in multisensory conversations, Cathy Ennis, Rachel McDonnell, Carol O’Sullivan, ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2010), Volume 29, Number 4, pp. 99:1 - 99:9, 2010


Perceptual Effects of Scene Context and Viewpoint for Virtual Pedestrian Crowds, Cathy Ennis, Christopher Peters and Carol O'Sullivan, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Volume 8, Number 2, pp. 10:1 - 10:22, 2011


Talking bodies: Sensitivity to de-synchronization of conversations, Rachel McDonnell, Cathy Ennis, Simon Dobbyn, Carol O’Sullivan, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Volume 22, Number 1, pp. 22:1 - 22:8, 2009




Eye-tracktive: Measuring attention to body parts when judging human motions, Cathy Ennis, Ludovic Hoyet, and Carol O'Sullivan, Eurographics Short Papers, 2015


Emotion Capture: Emotionally Expressive Characters for Games, Cathy Ennis, Ludovic Hoyet, Arjan Egges and Rachel McDonnell, Proceedings of Motion in Games, pp. 53-60, 2013


Perception of Approach and Reach in Combined Interaction Tasks, Cathy Ennis and Arjan Egges, Proceedings of Motion in Games, pp. 165-170, 2013


Perception of complex emotional body language of a virtual character with limb modifications, Jurgis Pamerneckas, Cathy Ennis and Arjan Egges, Poster abstract in Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, pp. 133, 2013

  • DIT School of Computing Research Scholarship programme funding award, 2016 
  • One of five best papers chosen from ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception to be published in a special edition journal, 2016
  • One of five best papers chosen from ACM Motion in Games to be published in a special edition journal, 2013
  • One of five best papers chosen from ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization, 2009


Research Activities

Program Committee:

Symposium on Applied
Perception (SAP) - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Conference on
Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP) –
2014

Cognition in Mixed
Realities (CogMiR) - 2015



Conference Duties:

Posters chair for
Symposium of Applied Perception (2013)