Valerie Morignat

PhD, AI Expert & VR/AR/MR Experience Specialist

About Me

I am a San Francisco based certified AI expert, a VR/AR/MR design and user experience specialist, an award-winning creative director, and an innovation consultant. I bring to the table 20 years of creative technology leadership and business strategy expertise fueling vision, excellence, and growth.


As a Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema & Digital Arts in France, and a researcher at the Sorbonne University, I predicted many developments of our digital future, lectured worldwide, and published thought-provoking essays on AI, VR/AR, cinema, cognitive sciences, and arts.
As a principal consultant and business strategist overseeing $MM projects, I devised creative technology and digital-first business strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and government agencies worldwide.
After delivering 375+ cutting-edge healthcare marketing interactive experiences in Silicon Valley (B2B and B2C websites, eDetailing apps, VR/AR experiences, touchscreens, multichannel marketing campaigns), I today devise creative, technology, and business strategies that help companies deploying cognitive computing and emerging technologies within their organization, services, and products.
I am currently writing a book to be published on Artificial Intelligence, and preparing my next underwater photography exhibition.

ExperienCe

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

SAN FRANCISCO

PRESENT

DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH AI DEPLOYMENT. DELIVERING USER EXPERIENCE EXPERTISE AND STRATEGY FOR VR/AR/MR

• Machine Learning / Deep Learning
• Natural Language Processing
• Cognitive design for VR/AR/MR
• VR/AR intelligence, branding, concepting, UX, UI
• Benchmarking, strategy, case study
• Heuristic analysis, ethnographic research

Director of Interactive Innovation

GIANT CREATIVE STRATEGY | SAN FRANCISCO

OCT 2016 | OCT 2017

Head of Virtual Reality research and design

• VR/AR/MR creative concepting
• VR/AR/MR UX & UI design
• VR brand experience and strategy
• AI integration in VR design
• Strategic partnerships development
• Market intelligence & forecasting
• VR Heuristic analysis
• Ethnographic research

Director of Experience Design

GIANT CREATIVE STRATEGY | SAN FRANCISCO

MAR 2015 | OCT 2016

Creative direction and design oversight of 375+ interactive solutions for all brands

Ensured in-depth expertise across capabilities resulting in 40% company revenue growth.
• AR booth experiences
• B2B/B2C websites and mobile apps design
• Multi-channel marketing design and strategy

Founder, Principal Consultant

Valerie Morignat Consulting | SAN FRANCISCO

JAN 2015 | Present

Innovation Intelligence Consulting

• Market analysis, competitive intelligence, forecasting
• Heuristic analysis, ethnographic research
• Innovation implementation
• VR intelligence, branding, UX/UI
• Web design & strategy
• Broadcast and Cinema engineering
• Creative content development

Founder, Principal Consultant

Transmedia Consulting | NC, FRANCE

DEC 2010 | MAR 2015

Principal consultant on $MM projects for national agencies and Fortune 500 companies

• Strategy, forecasting, market analysis
• Benchmarking, competitive analysis, case study
• Planning, governance, compliance
• Strategic partnerships
• Higher education program development
• Branding, creative content, web design

Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema & Digital Arts

Montpellier III University | France

Sep 2003 | MAR 2011

[On an ongoing leave of absence for entrepreneurship since 2011]

Developed interactive and immersive technologies and cyberculture programs in postgraduate curriculum.
• Head of the Cinema department
• Faculty Board Member of the Academic Recruiting Committee
• Master of Research Thesis Direction
• Extensive postgraduate teaching experience in art history, aesthetics, digital arts (video post-prod, CGI, VFX), cyberculture (VR/AR, video games, web art, AI), film studies, semiotics, philosophy.

Scientific Researcher & Board Member

Sorbonne-CNRS | PARIS, FRANCE

Sep 2002 | MAR 2011

Director of the national research program 'Virtual Environments and Interactive Systems' at IDEAT (Institute of Aesthetics of Arts and Technologies), UMR 8153, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research).

Principal

Actaze | FRANCE

Sep 2002 | MAR 2011

Devised and led prestigious scientific congresses for the City Council of Paris and the Sorbonne University, in partnership with Minister of French Government, Mrs. George Pau-Langevin, and Mayor of Paris, Mrs. Anne Hidalgo.
• Directed cultural and scientific program development, financial planning, communications, marketing, publications, PR.

Teaching & Research Attaché (ATER)

Sorbonne, University of Paris I | PARIS, France

Sep 1997 | sep 2002

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

I authored national strategic reports, white papers, essays on VR/AR, AI, cinema, arts, design, video games, cognitive sciences, psychology, philosophy, and cultural issues.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I have lectured and led conferences at prestigious academic institutions worldwide, speaking about futurism, technologies, cinema, and design. I am regularly invited as a TV and radio broadcasting guest speaker.

DESIGN
AWARDS

My underwater photography was exhibited worldwide, featured in industry publications, and received multiple prestigious international awards.

Education

MIT Sloan Executive Program Certificate

MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

2018

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy


• Machine Learning in business / AI-prediction capabilities: Deep Learning architectures, neural networks, convolutional neural networks.
• Natural Language Processing in business.
• Robotics in business.
• AI Ethics

Agrégée des Universités
Fine Arts

Academy of Paris | PARIS, France

2003

Agrégation Externe d'Arts Plastiques. Décile 6.

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD.
Art and Arts Sciences

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

Nov, 28 2001

Doctorat de l'Université Paris I, Arts & Sciences de l'Art

"Poïetics of Transversalities". [See national registration> "Poïétique des transversalités"]
Defended and awarded at the Sorbonne University, with Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention and Unanimous Congratulations of Jury.
Doctoral Merit Fellowship, elected Teaching and Research Attache based on outstanding performance and abilities, 2000-2002.

Master of Research (M.Res)
Fine Arts

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1997

DEA, Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies

Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention of Jury. Awarded a three-year Doctoral Merit Fellowship based on outstanding graduate achievements (First Rank Student).

Master of Arts (MA)
Fine Arts

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1996

Maîtrise d'Arts Plastiques

Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention of Jury.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Arts & Literature

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1995

Licence Lettres et Arts Plastiques

Honorable mention.

DIGITAL Skills

VR/AR CONCEPTING, UX/UI Design
WEB UX, DESIGN, DEV
APP UX/UI DESIGN
VIDEO DIRECTION, EDITING
POST-PRODUCTION 2D/3D VFX
PHOTOGRAPHY