About The Speaker
Melisa Allela is an assistant lecturer and doctoral student at the Technical University of Kenya, enrolled in the Design and Creative Media department. Her research entitled “Storytelling through Experimental Animation” looks into the interdisciplinary implications as well as future research prospects on the convergence of experimental animation and emerging technologies that push the boundaries of artistic and scientific practice in Interactive Media. Her work also examines the implication of bodily, expressive non-verbal characteristics of performance in traditional African oral storytelling to position their mediation in digital media formats using Embodied Conversational Agents. She wishes to see women's increased participation in the fields of Animation and Interactive Media production.