My research interests are in the area of Human Computer Interaction and include emotion recognition, social signal processing, interactive multimodal systems, nonverbal behavior synthesis, embodied conversational agents and social robotics.
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).
I was a postdoctoral researcher in the LINC lab at the University Paris 8 and in the Multimedia Group at the Telecom ParisTech working in the EU projects: FP7 ILHAIRE, FP7 SSPNET and FP6 CALLAS and French national project ANR CECIL (ANR-08-CORD-005). My research focused on modeling expessive behaviors in virtual agents. I was also participating in the development of the Embodied Conversational Agent called Greta (see here for details).
I worked in the InfoMus Lab (University of Genoa) on analysis and recognition of full-body expressive behaviors. I was WP Leader of the H2020 ICT DANCE Project on the analysis and sonification of the expressive movement qualities in dance performances. I was also involved in the FP7 FET ILHAIRE Project aimed at the analysis and synthesis of multimodal laughter, H2020 WeDraw and H2020 WhoLoDancE Projects.
I am author of more than 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers.
I was involved in the creation of several freely available datasets, e.g., full-body laughter expressions, kata (karate) performance, and expressive movement quality.
I was Guest Editor of the Special Section dedicated to laughter computing of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.
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