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Michel Valstar

Location: London

Dr. Michel F. Valstar ( is a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham as per 1 January 2012, and currently a Research Associate in the intelligent Behaviour Understanding Group (iBUG) at Imperial College London, Department of Computing. From September-November 2011 he was a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He received his masters degree in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2005 and his PhD in computer science at Imperial College London in 2008. Currently he is working in the fields of computer vision and pattern recognition, where his main interest is in automatic recognition of human behaviour, specialising in the analysis of facial expressions. In 2011 he was the main organiser of the first facial expression recognition challenge, FERA2011, and the first audio-visual emotion recognition challenge AVEC2011. In 2007 he won the BCS British Machine Intelligence Prize for part of his PhD work. He has published technical papers at authoritative conferences including CVPR, ICCV and SMC-B and his work has received popular press coverage in New Scientist and on BBC Radio. He is also a reviewer for many journals in the field, including Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Transactions on Affective Computing, Systems, Man and Cybernetics-B and the Image and Vision Computing journal.

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