McNeel Europe contributes to EU funded research projects. This contribution began as Industry Partners in the Innochain Project, lending their expertise to various research projects, including the interoperability platform, Speckle. In 2018, McNeel EU began collaborating on the V4Design project which aims to enable the re-use and re-purpose of such multimedia content by proposing an innovative solution for its effective integration, so as to extract 3D representations and VR game environments. In 2019, McNeel EU began collaborating on the MindSpaces project with the main objective being to create the tools and develop the solutions for adaptive and inclusive spaces that dynamically adapt to emotional, aesthetical and societal responses of end users, creating functionally and emotionally appealing architectural design. Through these research projects, McNeel EU opens up new ways to collaborate with new and existing Rhino users alike, forging partnerships with collaborators such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & De Meuron Architects, KU Leuven Geomatics, The Center for Research and Technology (Hellas), Europeana, Deutsche Welle, and more.
Verena Vogler is a co-founder of the research and innovation department at McNeel Europe in Barcelona, the European division of Robert McNeel & Associates. She holds a diploma degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Science in Leipzig (HTWK), a MAA from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Engineering from the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Her interest is in novel technologies and their applications in architecture, engineering and related interdisciplinary fields such as marine biology, environmental science and neuroscience. Her work ranges from the development of a computational design framework for artificial coral reefs in the Bali Sea, close-range underwater photogrammetry of tropical coral reefs, design driven by behavioural and EEG data, to digital fabrication and plugin development.