Ginevra Castellano 

School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering      
University of Birmingham

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Ginevra Castellano's photoCopyright University of Birmingham 2012

Since September 2011 I am a Birmingham Fellow / senior researcher at the HCI Centre and the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Birmingham.

Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Vision and Interaction Group at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in Queen Mary University of London, where I have been working in the EU FP7 LIREC (LIving with Robots and intEractive Companions) project, which explored long-term social relationships with artificial companions.

I am the coordinator of the EMOTE (EMbOdied perceptive Tutors for Empathy-based learning) project, which aims to develop educational robots to support teachers in a classroom environment.

I obtained my Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Genoa, Italy, where I worked since 2005 at the InfoMus Lab, Department of Communications, Computer and System Sciences, in the EU FP6 HUMAINE (Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion) project. My research in HUMAINE focused on computational models for emotion recognition based on movement expressivity analysis and on the design and evaluation of multimodal affective interactive systems. 

My research interests are in the area of affective behavioural computing and robotics, and include automatic analysis of social behaviour, context-based affect recognition, social robotics, and evaluation of affective interaction. 

I am a member of the Management Board of the HUMAINE Association. I am the co-founder, with Christopher Peters, Kostas Karpouzis and Jean-Claude Martin, of the AFFINE (Affective Interaction in Natural Environments) events, which include annual workshops and special sessions dedicated to the theme of affective multimodal interaction to close the loop between user and virtual agents and robots.

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Our project EMOTE (EMbOdied-perceptive Tutors for Empathy-based learning) has received some press coverage in The Sunday Times in the UK: (log in and subscription required for full article access)

The article also raises some interesting ethical and social concerns about the potential for robots to replace human teachers in teaching environments.  The EMOTE project, of course, as mentioned in the article, focuses instead on robots as support for the teachers and facilitators for learning, and how these new technologies can be used to create engaging interactive learning scenarios in the classroom.

This article may also be of interest:
Castellano, G., & Peters, C. (2010). Socially Perceptive Robots: Challenges and Concerns. Interaction Studies, 11(2), John Benjamins Publishing Company.

More coverage for the EMOTE project at:
- the Nesta event "Emotional Machines: Is society ready for robot companions?" to which I participated in July 2013
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interview with MBC. Watch the video!


I am co-organising a special session on the recognition of affect signals from physiological data for social robots (OASIS) at the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2014).