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Österreichische Studiengesellschaft für Kybernetik

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) was founded in 1984 and has high international standing. It has a longstanding focus on emotion: in mid-1990, the director of OFAI, Prof. Trappl, selected emotions as a central topic of research. Activities now reach from academic teaching (with compulsory lectures on Emotion in the new Medical Curriculum at the University of Vienna being delivered by OFAI staff); through development of cognitive models and applications of these models in different areas of human-computer interaction; to the development of innovative practical engineering solutions for adaptive and learning systems utilising the Emotional as an inspirational role model. OFAI is represented in the International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE) by Dr .Paolo Petta. Completed major funded projects include the “Development and Deployment of Intelligent Systems with Emotional Components” (Austrian Ministry of Science and Transportation, 5FP IST project SAFIRA (Supporting AFfective Interactions in Realtime Applications); 5FP IST project NECA (Net Environment for Embodied Emotional Conversational Agents), as well as “Computer-Based Musicology: Studying the Phenomenon of Musical Expression with Artificial Intelligence Methods” funded by the START programme of the Austrian government.

Brigitte Krenn is a Senior Scientist at OFAI's Natural Language Processing Group. She holds a Master's degree in German Language and Literature, Psychology, Philosophy and Pedagogy from Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria, and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 1990 Brigitte Krenn has been working on a variety of computational linguistics projects, EC and nationally funded. Her research experience ranges from machine translation, robust and corpus-based natural language processing to cognitively adequate language modelling.

Sabine Payr holds a diploma as a conference interpreter from the University of Innsbruck, and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Klagenfurt. Her international experience includes on year stays for studies (Paris), work (Brussels), and research (Berkeley). Professional activities include IT training/consulting and research. Since 1987, she has been involved in interactive media in training and education, doing research and development in the field of educational technology in higher education, open and distance learning and tele-learning in vocational training and further education. Sabine Payr has worked at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Further Education IFF, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture and the Research Center Information Technologies (FGI). She has been working at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence since spring 2000, in the framework of the project "An Inquiry into the Cultural Context of the Design and Use of Synthetic Actors". She is currently also visiting professor at the University for Design in Linz (Austria).

Paolo Petta earned his masters (1987) and doctorate (1994) degrees in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology. Since 1987, he has been working at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, where he founded in 1997 the research group on Intelligent Software Agents and New Media, which he is heading to date. Since 1989 he has also been collaborating with the Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Vienna, where he is currently teaching courses in Intelligent Hypertext and Hypermedia, Software Agents, Multi-Agent Systems in the context of the Computer Science curriculum, as well as a compulsory class on Emotions for the University of Vienna Medical School. He has led a number of research projects, organised international conferences and served as editor and area editor of various collections, including the state of the art surveys published with Springer-Verlag, "Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors" (LNAI 1195), "Artificial Intelligence Today" (LNAI 1600), and "Intelligent Information Agents - The AgentLink Perspective" (LNAI 2586), and most recently, "Emotions in Humans and Artifacts" (The MIT Press).

Hannes Pirker, 1994 M.A. in linguistics, studied at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria and the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. From 1991-94 he was a Student Assistant at the Language Technology Group of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken. Since 1994 he is member of the Natural Language Processing Group at OFAI. He is a specialist in the field of prosody, mainly in the context of speech-synthesis but also in connection with emotional speech and spoken dialog systems.

Robert Trappl is professor and head of the Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Vienna. He is director of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, which was founded in 1984. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology (minor in astronomy), a diploma in sociology (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna), and is an electrical engineer. He has published more than 130 articles and is co-author, editor or co-editor of 28 books, among the most recent, "Power, Autonomy, Utopia: New Approaches towards Complex Systems", Plenum, New York, "Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors", Springer-Verlag (LNAI 1195), "Multi-Agent Systems and Applications", Springer-Verlag (LNAI 2086), and "Emotions in Humans and Artifacts", The MIT Press. He is editor-in-chief of "Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal" and "Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal", both published by Taylor and Francis, USA. He has been giving lectures and has been working as a consultant for national and international companies and organisations (OECD, UNIDO, WHO).

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