Dr. Fiona Rivera is a Senior R&D Development Producer in the Video Compression team within the Distribution Core Technologies section of BBC R&D. Her expertise is in the field of multimedia processing, and engaging users with visual media content. Fiona has experience in subjective user testing and leading trials and technical demos for highly complex emerging technology platforms. She has been involved in several projects funded by the EC including the Marie Curie ETN JOLT training network and the Horizon 2020 Innovation Action COGNITUS. Her primary role in COGNITUS was to lead the BBC field trials at prominent crowded public events including Pride in London, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and BBC Music Day.
Before joining BBC, Fiona worked at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), initially as a PhD researcher, and subsequently as a Postdoctoral researcher. Whilst at QMUL, she successfully led teams of international researchers in carrying out technical objectives in multimedia and virtual reality related EC funded research projects including CP REVERIE, CSA EMC2, CPCSA FI-ADOPT, NoE 3DLife and CSA CONECTA 2020.
Fiona holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, B.Sc. from the Open University (Computing), an M.Sc. in Multimedia and Virtual Environments from the University of Sussex, and an immersive media PhD in Electronic Engineering from QMUL (UK). Dr. Rivera is also a member of ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE, and IEEE Women in Engineering, and publicity chair for IEEE ICME 2020.