Giovanna Varni (postdoc in ISIR, UPMC) will give a seminar on Tuesday, March 22nd at 2pm in room C005.
Her presentation will be entitled “Automated analysis of human behavior in nonverbal interactions”
This talk lays at the intersection of Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing and will span over two major research topics:
automated analysis of full-body movement and of interpersonal interaction.
I will show how the automatic extraction of features describing the physical (e.g., kinematics and dynamics)
and the expressive aspects (e.g., affective content) of movement can characterize nonverbal interaction between humans and between humans and machines.
I will also discuss how computing interpersonal synchrony on such movement features can be used to analyse social interaction in dyads and in small groups.
I will broaden the scope of the discussion by including further nonverbal (facial expression) and verbal (semantics) channels
and presenting the SyncPy ongoing open-source project for investigating interpersonal
synchrony and related phenomena conceived and developed at the Institut des Systèmes Intelligentes et Robotique (ISIR) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris 6, France.
Finally, I will show how findings can be exploited to define and address novel research challenges in Human-Machine Interaction.
Giovanna Varni received the M.Sc. Degree in biomedical engineering and the Ph.D. in electronic, computer, and telecommunications engineering from University of Genoa, Italy, in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
Since 2009 to 2014, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at InfoMus Lab-DIBRIS, University of Genoa.
At the present, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the IMI2S (Interaction, Multimodal Integration and Social Signal) group at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR), University Pierre and Marie Curie-Paris 6, France.
Her research interests are in the area of human-computer interaction, especially focusing on social signals analysis and expressive gesture.
She was involved in several FP7 EU-ICT STREP and FET projects… More at: https://sites.google.com/site/gvarnisite/