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Dr Dar'ya Guarnera



Dar'ya Guarnera is a Lecturer in AI at the School of Arts and Creative Technologies (University of York). Her interests include  AI, computer graphics and human perception of colour and material appearance, with applications such as material acquisition and representation, and 3D visualisation.

After being awarded a BSc in Architecture from the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Ukraine) and a degree in Computer Science from Liverpool Hope University, she began her research in the physically-based rendering area at Loughborough University, where she received her PhD in computer science in 2018. Before joining the University of York, she was a senior researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).



Research interests include material appearance, virtual reality, human perception of colour and material, modelling and rendering of facial appearance, appearance transfer methods.


Selected publications

Dar'ya has published her work in several high ranking conferences and journals, such as SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH Asia, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics Forum, ACM Transaction on applied perception, Journal of Vision. Dar'ya has also co-authored a book on material appearance in Computer Graphics.

External activities


Dar'ya is a guest researcher at the University of Giessen (Germany), Department of Psychology. She regularly reviews for several conferences and journals in the field of Computer Graphics, such as ACM Siggraph and Elsevier Computer & Graphics. Dar'ya is currently serving as Publication Chair for the Colour and Visual Computing Symposium (CVCS 2022).

Contact details

Dr Dar'ya Guarnera
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4658