I am a postdoctoral Research Scientist at Oculus Research interested in computer graphics, facial animation, and perception.

Oculus Research Internships

If you are interested in internships at Oculus Research email me (change the at). For the summer of 2015, I am looking for interns interested in projects on facial animation and human sensing (EMG, GSR, EKG).


I completed my PhD in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2014. My PhD thesis was on on perceptually valid facial animation. I was part of the Graphics Lab and my academic adviser is professor Jessica Hodgins. Part of my graduate training included how to be a research mouseketeer (Disney Research) and Jedi (Industrial Light and Magic).

I grew up in Romania, went to high school in Constanta by the Black Sea. In 2008 I graduated with a B.A. in computer science from Mount Holyoke College. Around graduation time, I spent several months at the Max Planck for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany as a visiting student/intern where I focused on improving virtual reality environments. I have also worked on, and am interested in, biomechanics and gait analysis.

Laura Trutoiu