Ginevra Castellano 

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Ginevra Castellano's photoCopyright University of Birmingham 2012

I am an Associate Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Interactive Systems at the Division of Visual Information and Interaction of the Department of Information Technology of Uppsala University, Sweden.

I am also a Birmingham Fellow at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems 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 intelligent interactive systems, and cover different topics at the crossroad of social robotics and affective computing, including socially perceptive and interactive robots and virtual agents, automatic analysis of human behaviour, multimodal affect recognition.

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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