Eng. Marco Vala is a researcher at the Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group (GAIPS) of INESC-ID, and a lecturer of Information Systems and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico – Technical University of Lisbon, where he teaches Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics and 3D Programming for Simulation and Games.
He received a diploma degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering and an MSc in Intelligent Systems and Multimedia, both from Instituto Superior Técnico – Technical University of Lisbon.
He participated in the EU-funded projects SAFIRA, ELVIS, VICTEC, eCircus and LIREC. He has (co)authored over 20 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books.
Currently, his research focuses on embodied characters and intelligent bodily behaviour. He was a member of the local organisation committee of ACII’2007, AAMAS’2008 and Videojogos’2010 and has participated in the program committee of AAMAS, IVA, ACII and Videojogos.