Dr. Nathalie Mathe is Assistant Professor of VR and Immersive Media and Director of the Digital Media Master program. She previously taught VR at Oculus Launchpad Program, Academy of Arts University, and Bay Area Video Coalition, as well as animation and visual effects at the George Melies Graduate School in Paris, France.
After a successful career as a NASA AI research scientist during the 1990s, Nathalie became a filmmaker and a digital artist in 2002. For twelve years, she worked for major studios in France, London and Vancouver, as one of the few female artists creating visual effects on feature films. Her credits include Cannes award-winner Persepolis, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Les Miserables, Captain Phillips and Fast and Furious 6.
In 2013 she contributed to “ Zero Point“, the first VR documentary made for the Oculus Rift headset by Condition One. As Jaunt’s Director of Creative Technology from 2014 to 2015, Nathalie post-produced dozens of 360 stereo videos, including “Paul McCartney in concert”, “The North Face Climbers”, and “The North Face Nepal”.
Since 2016, Nathalie runs NativeVR, a VR creative studio focusing on celebrating diversity. She worked as a VR director, consultant, and post-production supervisor for clients like Facebook, Chevrolet, Google, or World Vision. She created UTURN, an award-winning VR comedy on gender bias in the tech industry, which was nominated for best interactive experience at the Raindance and FIVARS festivals in 2017. She has presented at VRTO, AWE, IVRPA conferences and multiple international festivals.
She is a member of SIGGRAPH, VES (Visual Effects Society), the Virtual World Society, 360 Video Professionals group and Women in VR group.
Nathalie holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the National School of Space and Aeronautics in France, and an M.A. in European Media from the University of Portsmouth, UK.