Zahra Montazeri

Zahra Montazeri


  • Room 2.34, Kilburn Building, Oxford Rd

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Computer Graphics, Physics-based Rendering, Modeling and Simulation


Zahra is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Manchester in the department of Computer Science. Her field of research is physics-based computer graphics with a focus on photorealistic rendering and appearance modeling for complex materials such as cloth, hair, and fur. She worked as a research consultant at Disney Research and collaborates with WetaDigital on joint research projects. She received Star Wars movie credit for The Mandalorian and her research paper was used in the production of Avatar, The Way of Water. 
Before joining academia, she was a Research and Development at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). She holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine (UCI), advised by Shuang Zhao, and worked under the supervision of Professor Henrik Wann Jensen. During her studies, she interned at Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and for two years at Luxion (makers of KeyShot). She received her M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCI in 2017 and her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2015, Iran.

My group

I am honored to work with these exceptional researchers: 

Current PhDs:

  • Apoorv Khattar – started in Sep 2022
  • Bowen Xue - started in Sep 202
  • Fengxi Jin - started in Sep 2022
  • Chenghao Wu - started in March 2023
  • Hamila Mailee - started in Jan 2024


  • PhD:
    • (2024) David Petrescu, next: Lecturer at University of Manchester
  • MSc:
    • (2022) Hazhen Bai
    • (2023) Mengtong Feng


Social responsibility

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, Computer Graphics, University of California, Irvine

16 Sept 201511 May 2021

Award Date: 8 Sept 2021

Master of Science, Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

15 Sept 201511 Jun 2017

Award Date: 8 Sept 2018

Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

21 Sept 201029 Dec 2014

Award Date: 3 Mar 2015

External positions

Consultancy, Disney Research

1 Apr 202230 Nov 2022

Research & Development, Industrial Light & Magic

Aug 2021Dec 2021

Research Assistant, Luxion (Makers of KeyShot)

Jun 2019Jan 2021

Research & Development Intern, Pixar Animation Studios

Jun 2018Sept 2018

Research & Development Intern, DreamWorks Animation SKG

Jun 2017Sept 2017

Research Assistant, Koc University

Jun 2014Aug 2015

Areas of expertise

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Computer Graphics


  • Computer Graghics
  • Rendering
  • Appearance Modeling
  • Neural Rendering
  • Physics-based rendering
  • Photorealistic rendering
  • Visual Computing


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