Marina Zannoli

Vision science
Virtual reality / augmented reality

Research Experience

2015 - present
Oculus Research, Redmond, WA
Research scientist

2012 - 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral researcher

Samsung Electronics America & University of California, Berkeley
Scientific collaborator

2012 - 2013
ESPN & University of California, Berkeley
Scientific collaborator

2009 - 2012
Université René Descartes (France) - Pascal Mamassian
PhD student

2010 - 2012
University of Sydney (Australia) - David Alais
Three-month internship and ongoing collaboration

2007 - 2009
Université René Descartes (France) - Pascal Mamassian
Two-year internship

July 2008
University of Oxford - Andrew Parker & Holly Bridge
Research assistant to the 'Neural Modulation by Binocular Disparity Greatest in Human Dorsal Visual Stream' project

February 2008
XV-XX Hospital of Ophthalmology (France) - E-A Cabanis
Clinical internship in neuro-imaging


2012 - 2015
Postdoctoral research scholar - University of California, Berkeley
Vision Science graduate program, School of Optometry
Advisor: Martin Banks
ESPN: Adjusting Focal Length to Create Natural-looking Video Content     
Samsung Electronics America: Perceptual Consequences of Curved Screens
Funding: ESPN and Samsung Electronics America

2009 - 2012
PhD in Cognitive Science - Université Paris Descartes (France)
Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception
Advisor: Pascal Mamassian
Thesis: Organization of tridimensional audio-visual space
Funding: Graduate fellowship 'Cognition & Human Behavior'
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

2007 - 2009
Master degree in Cognitive Science - Université Paris Descartes & ENS & EHESS (France)
Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception
Advisor: Pascal Mamassian
Thesis: Combination of da Vinci stereopsis and perceptual transparency for depth perception
Funding: Scholarship from Electricité de France
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

2004 - 2007
Bachelor degree in Psychology - Université Paris Descartes (France)
Graduated magna cum laude


    Peer-reviewed publications

Mercier, O., Sulai, Y. MacKenzie, K., Zannoli, M., Hillis, J., Nowrouzezahrai, D., Lanman, D. (2017)
Fast Gaze-Contingent Optimal Decompositions for Multifocal Displays.
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia (in press)

Patney, A., Zannoli, M., Koulieris, G., Kim, J., Wetzstein, G., & Steinicke, F. (2017)
Applications of visual perception to virtual reality rendering.
ACM SIGGRAPH 2017 Courses (1)

Zannoli, M., & Banks, M. S. (2017)
Perceptual Consequences of Curved Screens. 
ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 15(1)

Sankaran, N., Hillis, J., Zannoli, M., & Mehra, R. (2016). 
Perceptual thresholds of spatial audio update latency in virtual auditory and audiovisual environments. 
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America140(4), 3008-3008.

Zannoli, M., Love, G.D., Narain, R., & Banks, M. S. (2016)
Blur and the Perception of Depth at Occlusions.
Journal of Vision, 16(6)

Zannoli, M., Cass, J., Alais, D., & Mamassian, P. (2012)
Disparity-based Stereomotion Detectors are Poorly Suited to Track 2D Motion.
Journal of Vision, 12(11)

Zannoli, M., Cass, J., Mamassian, P., & Alais, D. (2012)
Synchronized Audio-Visual Transients Drive Efficient Visual Search for Motion-in-Depth.
PLoS ONE, 7(5)

Zannoli, M. & Mamassian, P. (2011)
The Role of Transparency in da Vinci Stereopsis.
Vision Research, 51, 2186-2197

    Popular science publications

Zannoli, M.
Virtual Reality headsets, a technological challenge (original title: Les casques de réalité virtuelle, un défi technologique.)
Science et Avenir (France), September 2015

Zannoli, M.
Virtual Reality: back to the future or present with no tomorrow? (original title: Réalité virtuelle: retour vers le futur ou présent sans lendemain?)
Games #9 (France), September-November 2015

Zannoli, M., & Banks, M. S.
State of the Arc: Curved Screens Are Here, But Why?
Sound & Vision, June 2015

    Invited talks

Why Virtual (& Augmented) Reality is Hard."
University of Washington, 2016

Depth Perception from Monocular Occlusion
Pixar animation studios, 2013

Binocular Vision & 3D Auditory Cues
R&D Institute, Technicolor France, 2009


Journal of Vision, Perception, IEEE VR.


Samsung Electronics America
Perceptual Consequences of Curved Screens (with Martin Banks)

2012 - 2013
Adjusting Focal Length to Create Natural-Looking Video (with Martin Banks)

2009 - 2012
Université René Descartes (France)
Graduate fellowship - 'Cognition & Human Behavior' graduate school

Université René Descartes (France)
Travel grant to visit the University of Sydney

2008 - 2009
Electricité de France
Master scholarship


Graduate School (Université Paris Descartes, France) best dissertation award, 2012
International Multisensory Research Forum conference Student award, 2011


Co-organization of the lab's monthly student seminars

March 2009
Co-organization of the lab's participation to the 8th Cognitive Science Forum (Paris, France)

November 2008
Speaker at the 17th edition of the Science Fest (Paris, France)

Teaching Activities

Tools for Experimental Research (Master degree level)
Cognitive Science Master (1st- and 2nd-year students), Université Paris Descartes & ENS & EHESS
Introduction to inferential statistics, experimental methodology and experimental design
Full beginner's Matlab course: Matlab programming, Psychtoolbox, experimental programming, descriptive and inferential statistics
Lecture: 42 hours, 1x10 students, September 2011 - May 2012
             20 hours, 1x10 students, January 2011 - May 2011
             10 hours, 1x10 students, January 2010 - May 2010

Experimental Psychology (Bachelor degree level)
Psychology Bachelor (1st-year students), Université Paris Descartes
Practicals: 26 hours (1x2h, 13 weeks), 1x40 students, January - May 2010

Cognitive Science: Attention, Visual perception, Modeling (Bachelor degree level)
Biology Bachelor (3rd-year students), Université Paris Descartes
Introduction to attention, visual perception, modeling & psychophysics and design and programming of experimental protocols
Programming: 60h
Lecture: 6h (1x2h, 3 weeks), 1x40 students, March 2012
Practicals: 9(2x1.5h, 3 weeks), 1x40 students, March 2012
                1.5h, 1x40 students, March 2011


Member of the Vision Sciences Society since 2010
Matlab, R, LaTeX, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Maya, Blender
French (native speaker), Spanish (fluent), English (fluent)