Invited Speakers

Update: unfortunately, Prof. Ruth Aylett, who was previously announced as a keynote speaker, will not be able to be present at the workshop.

We have confirmed the presence of Catherine Pelachaud as keynote speaker.

Dr. Catherine Pelachaud
CNRS, Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Paris

Catherine Pelachaud is a Director of Research at CNRS in the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics. She participated to the elaboration of the first embodied conversation agent system, GestureJack, with Justine Cassell, Norman Badler and Mark Steedman when being a post-doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. She went to Università di Roma “La Sapienza” with a Marie-Curie CEE scholarship. Her research interest includes embodied conversational agent, nonverbal communication (face, gaze, and gesture), expressive behaviors and socio-emotional agents. With her research team, she has been developing an interactive virtual agent platform GRETA that can display socio-emotional and communicative behaviors. She has been involved and is still involved in several European projects related to believable embodied conversational agents, emotion and social behaviors.  She is associate editors of several journals among which IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems and Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. She has co-edited several books on virtual agents and emotion-oriented systems. She participated to the organization of international conferences such as IVA, ACII and AAMAS, virtual agent track.