I am a post-doc researcher at the InfoMus Lab, University of Genoa since June 2013. There, I am working in the H2020 ICT DANCE Project dedicated to the analysis and sonification of the expressive movement qualities in dance performances. I worked in the FP7 FET ILHAIRE Project, which aimed at the analysis and synthesis of multimodal laughter to increase the quality of human-machine interaction.
My research interests are in the area of affective computing, and include embodied conversational agents, detection and synthesis of emotions, interactive multimodal systems, automatic analysis of social behaviour, and evaluation of affective interaction.
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, these 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 works included 1) modelling facial and full-body expressions of emotions, 2) modelling their application in social contexts, 3) perception of social expressive agents, and 4) evaluation of interaction. I was also participating in the development of the Embodied Conversational Agent - Greta (see here for details).
So far, I contributed to the domain being the (co-) author of more than 50 research publications. I am reviewer for more than 15 international journals and the PC member of more than 30 international conferences. I am also Guest Editor of the special issue dedicated to laughter computing of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.
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