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Candidates for the Executive Committee

In the following, the candidates for the HUMAINE Association Executive Committee are listed in alphabetical order. Each candidate is giving a short self-introduction, including their plans for the association.

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Nick Campbell, ATR, Japan

Nick Campbell received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in the U.K. and is currently engaged as a Chief Researcher in the Department of Acoustics and Speech Research at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Kyoto, Japan, where he also serves as Research Director for the JST/CREST Expressive Speech Processing and the SCOPE “Robot’s Ears” projects. He was first invited as a Research Fellow at the IBM UK Scientific Centre, where he developed algorithms for speech synthesis, and later at the AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked on the synthesis of Japanese speech. He served as Senior Linguist at the Edinburgh University Centre for Speech Technology Research before joining ATR in 1990. His research interests are based on large speech databases, and include non-verbal speech processing, concatenative speech synthesis, and prosodic & paralinguistic information modelling. He spends his spare time working with postgraduate students as Visiting Professor at the Nara Institute of Science & Technology (NAIST) and at Kobe University in Japan.

His goal if elected to the Humaine Association EC is to help establish a framework that will enable researchers to more easily collect data and perform experiments to study the interactions that take place between participants in a speech communication environment. He is concerned that much of the current research focusses more on the states and emotions experienced by an individual speaker (or a listener) per se, rather then on the spaces between the speaker and listener in which the paralinguistic communication takes place. He is working to develop a terminology and a research methodology in which the expression of affect, interpersonal stance, interest, enthusiasm, and other attitudinal states, relationships, and complex emotions can be modelled for use in advanced speech technology and in human-machine interaction.

Ginevra Castellano, University of Genova, Italy

Ginevra Castellano has been a Ph.D candidate since 2005 at the InfoMus Lab in the Department of Communication, Computer and System Sciences of University of Genova, Italy. She received her Master's Degree in Bioengineering (as part of a curriculum in Neuroengineering) summa cum laude in 2004 at University of Genova. Currently, she is finalising her Ph.D. working in the framework of the HUMAINE EU-IST project. Her research topics include: computational models of emotion recognition based on body movement and gesture analysis; the role of emotion in human-human and human-computer interaction, with particular attention to mechanisms of imitation and empathy; and the evaluation of affective interaction. She has been a regular attendee at HUMAINE-related meetings, and in 2006 had a major role in the organisation of the Third HUMAINE Summer School, hosted by InfoMus Lab in Genova.

Her primary objectives for the HUMAINE Association will be to represent the young researchers working on emotion-oriented computing and emotion research: to promote ways of getting to know each other, learn about related areas of emotion-oriented research and ensure the continuation of the friendly and collaborative atmosphere for exchanging ideas that HUMAINE established between young researchers.

Roddy Cowie, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Roddy Cowie is co-ordinator of the HUMAINE Network of Excellence. As a student he studied psychology, philosophy and Artificial Intelligence, and he works in a psychology department. He has been working on emotion-related computing since the early 1990s, and has written several well-known articles in the field. They cover the recognition of emotion from speech; recognition of words in emotional speech; techniques for describing the emotion observed in naturalistic settings; databases showing naturalistic emotion; and the way the field of emotion-oriented computing can be subdivided. His main objective for the Association is to provide effective links between people with the different skills that the area requires. That will probably not happen unless there is a single focal point. To make links, the Association needs to ensure that there is a conference where people with the various different skills go; to provide access to papers grounded in the different disciplines; and to help new researchers to meet people from the different relevant disciplines. This should be done in a way that recognises the importance of affect in human relationships (ie we will understand each other better if we enjoy each other's company).

Laurence Devillers, LIMSI-CNRS, Paris, France

My name is Laurence Devillers. I am a candidate for the Executive committee of the HUMAINE association.

I am Assistant Professor since 1995 at the Computer Science Division of the University Paris-XI, Researcher of the LIMSI-CNRS in France (in the Spoken Language Processing group). I obtained my HDR (French “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”) the December 4th 2006 on “Emotion in human-machine interaction: perception, detection and generation”.

My research activities have been focused on several aspect of speech processing: speech recognition then speech understanding and spoken dialog. Since 2000, my work has been following a new research orientation on the representation and detection of emotional states in human-human and human-machine interaction. My research goal on emotions consists on the one hand in describing and modelling expression of emotional behaviours from authentic data, in studying the variability of oral signals between speakers (in much longer term with multimodal data for different languages and cultures), and on the other hand in improving speech technologies and, more widely in building oral and multimodal systems « affectively intelligent». The field of my research on emotions stretches from emotional expression in the voice to multimodal expression up to emotional and mental states in interaction situation. The originality of my work is based on the use of real-life data where emotions are natural.

I am actually heading a research group on “Emotion and Speech” and am directing (or have been directing) three PHD theses in the field of affective computing. I am involved in the international NoE FP6-HUMAINE and in the W3C Emotion incubator group as expert on emotion annotation. I have a lot of collaborations with several international teams and also with industrial partners (THALES, Vecsys, La Cantoche, etc.). I am responsible of a new national project (ANR) on Affective Avatars (2007-2009).

My objectives for the Humaine association are to help to make a bridge between industrials and academics by proposing for example discussions forums on the web, some industrials panels in the HUMAINE conferences, etc. I am also interested in the dissemination of the HUMAINE information in the press of large audience.

Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA

Dr. Jonathan Gratch ( is an Associate Director for Virtual Humans Research at the University of Southern California's (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and co-director of USC's Computational Emotion Group. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign in 1995. Dr. Gratch's research focuses on computation models of emotion and their role in the design of virtual humans (artificially intelligent agents embodied in a human-like graphical body). He studies the relationship between cognition and emotion, the cognitive processes underlying emotional responses, and the influence of emotion on decision making and physical behavior. A recent emphasis of this work is on social emotions, emphasizing the role of contingent nonverbal behavior in the co-construction of emotional trajectories between interaction partners. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, AFOSR and RDECOM. He is on the editorial board of the journal Emotion Review. He is sitting member of the organizing committee for the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), a member of the European Unions Network of Excellence on Emotion and Human-computer interaction (HUMAINE) and frequent organizer of conferences and workshops on emotion and virtual humans. He belongs to the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the International Society for Research on Emotion. Dr. Gratch is the author of over 100 technical articles.

As member of the only US institution officially part of HUMAINE, I have been fortunate to participate in its development and value the broad and multidisciplinary discourse it has created. If elected to the executive committee I would work to increase North American participation in the association. I would also advocate for broader participation within the association for fields where emotion is playing an increasingly important role including business, communication, economics and neuroscience. An important aspect of HUMAINE is its mechanisms for sharing knowledge (e.g., summer schools), tools and databases and I would work towards ways of maintaining and augmenting this strength.

Kostas Karpouzis, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece

Kostas Karpouzis is a senior researcher at the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in Athens, Greece, working within the framework of the Humaine Network of Excellence. His work there is focused on the analysis and understanding of visual and multimodal expressive data, usually captured in natural environments, and has produced novel algorithms for dynamic recognition of subtle expressivity and design of expressive sequences for intermediate facial expressions. This work has been extended towards animating natural expressivity in ECAs, using concepts compliant with the MPEG-4 standard, and representing face and body expressivity in a reusable manner using ontologies and put to use in emerging human-computer interaction applications such as sign language recognition and synthesis, detection of eye and head movement patterns in the presence of dyslexia and unconstrained interaction in art-related applications.

His objective for the Humaine Association is to assist in bridging theoretical work and knowledge with requirements of actual applications, such as those mentioned above, so that end users can benefit from ground-breaking research in everyday tasks and make computing systems adapt to human traits and preferences, not vice versa. To this effect, he will also utilize his position as a national representative for Greece in IFIP Working Groups related to Artificial Intelligence, as well as in the W3C Emotion Incubator, to help connect industry with academia.

James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA

James Lester is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. He is the author of over 70 publications, primarily in the area of intelligent tutoring systems and computational linguistics. He served as Program Chair for the 2004 International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems and for the ACM 2001 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Lester has been recognized with a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and 3 Best Paper Awards. His work in affective computing explores affect recognition and affect expression in intelligent tutoring systems.

Our interests in affective computing focus on intelligent tutoring systems. In particular, our group explores problems of affect recognition with students’ interactive problem-solving activities. Here, the emphasis is on models of self-efficacy and issues of motivation and frustration. We are also interested in affect expression with an emphasis on modeling the emotions of intelligent virtual agents who play both a pedagogical and a motivational role.

Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, Paris, France

Jean-Claude MARTIN holds a permanent Associate Professor position at CNRS-LIMSI, France. He passed his Habilitation to Direct Research in 2006. He conducts research about the multimodality of communication in human-human and human-computer contexts. He focuses on individual differences with respect to the multimodal expression and perception of social behaviours. He co-directed 3 PhD theses on design and evaluation of bidirectional conversational agents, multimodal expression of spontaneous emotions, and perception of facial expressions of emotions and dialogues by autistic users. He is the head of the « Conversational Agents » topic at LIMSI. He has been scientific leader at LIMSI for several European projects: HUMAINE, NICE, ISLE. He co-organised 3 international workshops on Multimodal Corpora at LREC 02, 04, 06 and he is a guest editor of a special issue of the international Journal on Language Resources and Evaluation to appear in 2008. He is the area editor on Embodied Agents of the Journal of Multimodal User Interface (JMUI) recently launched by the Similar NoE. He chairs the management board of HUMAINE, he is a member of the W3C Emotion Incubator Group, he co-organised the final plenary session of HUMAINE in June in Paris and co-organises the 7th Intelligent Virtual Agent Conference (IVA’07) to be held in September. He is involved in 2 national projects to start in 2008 about affective avatars and mixed reality performances.

If I am elected, I will foster links between the HUMAINE association and the researchers community on Multimodal Corpora / Multimodal Interfaces. I will identify disciplines / topics / countries which are not present in the HUMAINE association and from which the association might benefit from (e.g. Virtual Reality: LIMSI is a member of the Intuition NoE and has a newly built CAVE in Orsay). I will co-organise cross-disciplinary workshops and journal special issues about emotion and multimodality (LREC, ICMI, JMUI). I will encourage pluridisciplinary cooperations and young researchers (e.g. proposing a HUMAINE Association young researcher prize). I will promote the HUMAINE Association at LREC, ICMI, AVSP conferences and in the French community (LIMSI is coordinating the French Research Group on Conversational Agents).

Maja Pantic, Imperial College, London, UK

Maja Pantic received the M.S. and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology, in 1997 and 2001. From 2001 to 2005, she was an Assistant professor and from 2005 to 2006 an Associate professor at the Computer Science Department of Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, where she researched image and video analysis of face and body gesture, affective computing, behavioural and contextual interfaces, and multimodal human-machine interaction (HCI). In 2006, she joined the Computing Department at Imperial College London, UK, where she is currently Reader in Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction and where she continues her work on machine analysis of human non-verbal behaviour. From November 2006, she also holds an appointment as Professor of Affective & Behavioural Computing in the Computer Science Department of the University of Twente, Netherlands. She was the organizer and co-organizer of various meetings and symposia on automatic facial expression analysis and synthesis in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2004), International Conference on Measuring Behaviour (2005), ACM Multimedia (2005), and ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (2006, 2007). She was the Special Session Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics 2004 and is the General Co-Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition 2008. She is the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part B: Cybernetics and the Image and Vision Computing Journal, responsible for computer vision and its applications to human-computer interaction. In 2002, for her research on Facial Information for Advanced Interface, she received the Innovational Research Award of the Dutch Scientific Organization as one of the 7 best young scientists in exact sciences in the Netherlands. She was an Associate Visiting Professor at the Face Group, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University in the Summer 2005. She has published more than 70 technical papers in the areas of machine analysis of facial expressions and emotions, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction and has served as an invited speaker and an organization/program committee member at several major conferences in these areas. For more information, see

Catherine Pelachaud, University of Paris 8, France

Since 2002 Catherine Pelachaud is a professor at the University of Paris 8, IUT of Montreuil. She leads the research Laboratory in INformatics and Communication (LINC). She received her PhD in Computer Graphics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA in 1991. Her research interest includes affective embodied conversational agent, nonverbal communication (face, gaze, and gesture), expressive behaviors, representation language for agent, and multimodal interfaces. She has been involved in several European projects related to multimodal communication (EAGLES, IST-ISLE) and to believable embodied conversational agents (IST-MagiCster). She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Network of Excellence HUMAINE and coordinates the workpackage entitled ‘emotion in interaction’. She is currently participating to the IP CALLAS project.

Paolo Petta, Austrian Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, Austria

Paolo Petta ( heads the Intelligent Software Agents and New Media group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence. His current academic activities are focused on the setting up of MEi:CogSci, the Middle European interdisciplinary Master programme in Cognitive Science ( He completed his Ph.D. in computer science (artificial intelligence) at the Vienna University of Technology in 1994. His long-standing research focus on emotion-oriented systems is documented in publications including Trappl R., Petta P. (eds.): Creating Personalities for Synthetic

Actors, Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York/Tokyo, 1997 and Trappl R., Petta P., Payr S. (eds.): Emotions in Humans and Artifacts, MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England, 2003. His ongoing research work on TABASCO, a framework for situated social cognisers, is aimed at identifying and forgoing gratuitous reifications in computational models, as method contributing to explicating the core domain of emotions and its scope in the physical and social world. He is member of ISRE,

AAAI, ACM, IEEE computer Society, and ECCAI (via the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence, ÖGAI). He has set up and helped with the development of various topical workshops and conferences (including the first editions of IVA (with Ruth Aylett), a seminal workshop at SAB 1998 (with Lola Cañamero and Chisato Numaoka), AAAI symposia organised by Lola Cañamero, as well as the "Affective Computational Entities" series at the EMCSR in Vienna (since 2000), apart from being member of organisation committees of large-scale events since ECAI 1992. He has been serving as reviewer for national and international agencies, international scientific journals, and numerous conferences and workshops. He has been participating in EU-funded projects, including the topical FP5 project SAFIRA (Supporting Affective Interactions in Real-time Applications) and has been member of the proposing team of HUMAINE. Within HUMAINE, he is member of the steering committee and has been engaged in the task force preparing the launch of the HUMAINE Association.

Key concerns for the HUMAINE association would include defining and maintaining a stable, sustained range of recognised core activities; continuously extending the association's reach, gathering a global constituency not only from the scientific disciplines, but also the humanities and the arts, policy makers (including the European Commission), as well as end user groups and industry; and seeking to support educational activities at all levels. Significant investments should be made into facilitating actual debate within this growing constituency, upholding HUMAINE's goals of candidness and responsibility. To this end, beyond the experiences gathered also within HUMAINE itself, he would draw upon the lessons learned e.g. in the organisation and chairing of inter-/cross-disciplinary events, including also the technical workshop series, "From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation (AT2AI)", and "Engineering Societies in the Agent's World", and the organisation and coordination of international Summer Schools and "Technical Fora" within the AgentLink series of European Coordination Actions.

Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

Helmut Prendinger is an Associate Professor in the Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo. The prime focus aspects of his research are:

  • Intelligent and practical tools for (automatic) multi-modal content creation using life-like agents, including automatic dialogue generation and affective agent behavior generation from text and other online sources.
  • Multimodal Presentation Markup Language 3D (MPML3D)
  • Affect recognition from text
  • Multimodal input processing for communicating with life-like characters, such as interest recognition from eye movements and emotion recognition from bio-signals

He has published extensively in the area of emotion-oriented computing (including an edited book and 10 journal papers), and has served as program committee member for numerous international conferences and workshops in this research field.

Helmut Prendinger's objective for the Association is to support and promote emotion research that is related to affective content creation and affective interaction of and with life-like characters.

Dirk Reichardt, University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart, Germany

Dirk Reichardt studied computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1996 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kaiserslautern on a thesis entitled "Kontinuierliche Verhaltenssteuerung eines autonomen Fahrzeugs in dynamischer Umgebung". From 1993 to 2002 he was research scientist and project leader in DaimlerChrysler Research in Stuttgart, Germany and Portland, Oregon, USA. His main fields of research were autonomous driving, driver modeling and driver adaptive systems. Since 2002 he is Professor at the BA Stuttgart in the department of Information Technology and Applied Computer Science.

His current research interests include emotional aspects of computer systems including experiments on vision based emotion recognition, emotional chatbots and emotion generation. Also since 2002 he is lecturer at the University of Stuttgart teaching the subject “Adaptive, emotional agents in interactive software systems” and he is organizer of the 1st workshop “emotion and computing” which was held at the KI2006 at Bremen, Germany, as well as the 2nd workshop "emotion and computing" at the KI2007 in Osnabrück, Germany.

Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy

Fiorella de Rosis is a Professor of Intelligent Interfaces. She works in affective computing, with special interest on cognitive models of emotions, adaptation of interaction to affective factors and natural language dialogues. In addition to making research in this domain, she organized several Workshops on affective computing-related subjects (the first one in 1999) and three special issues of international journals on this topic (for UMUAI and for AAI).

She candidates to be a member of the EC with two main purposes:
a.      to promote an active role of young researchers in the Association, by encouraging spreading of their proposals, hopes and ideas in this domain, and their future participation in the EC;
b.      to cooperate, with Roz Picard and any other Colleagues who are interested in this initiative, at the organization of an Affective Computing Journal to be coordinated with the HUMAINE Association.

More information can be found at:

Björn Schuller, Technical University Munich, Germany

Dr. Bjoern W. Schuller received his diploma and doctoral degree for his works in Automatic Emotion Recognition from TUM - one of Germany's three Excellence Universities - in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, where he currently serves as lecturer. He is a member of the IEEE, IIIS, and ISCA and authored more than 50 publications in books, journals and peer reviewed proceedings in the field of Affective Computing, and multiple further articles in the general field of Human-Machine Communication. Best known are his works advancing Recognition of Human Emotion since its early days from acoustic and linguistic speech analysis, early fusion with facial expression analysis, and facing real-life usage by dealing with spontaneous and noisy data. He serves as reviewer for several IEEE, Elsevier and EURASIP journals, and as invited speaker, chairman, programme committee member and organizer of numerous conferences and workshops. He is involved in a large number of industry funded, European and multinational research projects dealing with Human Emotion, and a member of the HUMAINE CEICES initiative, and the W3C Emotion Incubator Group.

Bjoern Schuller's main ambitions for the HUMAINE Association are sophisticated community internal and external networking, the establishment of strong links to other highly reputed associations and organizations, guaranteeing in particular technical excellence, and help make HUMAINE THE Association when it comes to Emotion-oriented and Affective Computing.

Ian Sneddon, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Ian Sneddon, born 1952, graduated with BSc in Psychology in 1974 followed by a PhD in Animal Social Behaviour, both from St Andrews University. He is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast.
Current research is involved in unravelling some of the contextual and individual variables that determine the expression of human emotion. Within Humaine my main research contribution has been to WP5 Data and Databases. I view the provision of good examples of natural expression of human emotion to be essential to the development of emotion oriented systems.
I have also played an important role in the development of ethical policy within the Humaine network and am Chair of the Humaine Ethics Committee. I feel it is important that the Humaine Association continues to play a role in developing an ethical policy for research and guidelines for implementation of emotion oriented systems.

Jianhua Tao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Jianhua Tao received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 2001. From 2003, he joined Chinese Academy of Sciences where he served as an associate professor and founded the Intelligent Human Machine Interaction group in National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR). His major research interests include expressive/emotional speech synthesis, spontaneous speech communication, emotional multimodal interaction system, emotion recognition, etc. He has developed quite several earliest versions of Speech Synthesis Systems and Talkinghead Systems, Multimodal Interaction System in China, and published more than 70 papers in IEEE Trans. on ASLP, ICASSP, Interspeech, ICME, ICCV, ICPR, ICME, ACII, etc.

He was the major founder of the international conference on affective computing and intelligent interaction (ACII) which was held in Beijing for the first time and is now becoming one of the major international conferences in the affective computing area of the world. He has also been the main researcher and contributor of some EU-Projects and several national scientific projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation and National High-Tech Program. He was the winner of IMAGINATION2001 which was organized by Eurospeech2001 as a special competition program. Currently, He is one of the editorial board members of "Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing", the Guest editor of "expressive speech synthesis" in IEEE Trans. ASLP. From 2002, He was elected as the vice chair of ISCA Special Interesting Group of Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP), and was also elected as the Vice Chair of Chinese Speech Information Processing Society, Council member of the Acoustical Society of China. He is invited as the reviewer of several projects or journals which include EU-Projects, NSFC, 863, IEEE Trans. etc.

If elected to the Humaine Association EC, he will help to establish a framework on the informaiton/ideas exchanging of the affective information processing among phsycologists, linguistists and engineers, etc, to reduce the space of communication between the speaker and the listener with complex emotions, paralingustic information and other behaviours, and to integrate multimodal information processing in the research of affective human computer interaction system. By sharing his experience of the cooperation with several big companies, such as Nokia, Siemens, Toshiba, Microsoft, Panasonic, IBM, etc, he will also help to seek more supports and collaborations between universities and the industry, to achieve more applications from academic prototypes.

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