My research interests are in the area of Affective and Social Computing and include recognition of emotions, nonverbal behavior synthesis,
creation of embodied conversational agents and interactive multimodal systems.
I obtained my Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Perugia, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Giulianella Coletti and Prof. Catherine Pelachaud. The dissertation titled A model of complex facial expressions in interpersonal relations presents an application of fuzzy methods to generation of facial expressions of virtual agents (see here for details).
Next, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Multimedia Group at the Telecom ParisTech and in the LINC lab at the University Paris 8 working in the following EU projects: FP7 FET ILHAIRE, FP7 NoE SSPNET and FP6 CALLAS and national project ANR CECIL (ANR-08-CORD-005).
My research projects focused mainly on building social and expressive agents. Being the metaphor of human behavior, the agents are expected to allow humans to interact intuitively and naturally with computer systems. The creation of such agents includes modeling complex nonverbal behaviors with the aim of extending their communicative and social skills. My research focused on modelling facial and full-body expressions of emotions, and the perception of social expressive agents. I was also participating in the development of the Embodied Conversational Agent called Greta (see here for details).
Currently, I work at the InfoMus Lab, University of Genoa on analysis and recognition of full-body expressive behaviors. Among others, I was involved in the H2020 ICT DANCE Project dedicated to the analysis and sonification of the expressive movement qualities in dance performances and the FP7 FET ILHAIRE Project aimed at the analysis and synthesis of multimodal laughter to increase the quality of human-machine interaction.
I have published over 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers. I was involved in the creation of several freelly available datasets on full-body laughter expressions, karate , or expressive qualities in dance. On a regular basis I serve as a reviewer for various international conferences and journals (e.g., multiple IEEE Transactions). I was Guest Editor of the Special Section dedicated to laughter computing of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.
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