Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 2001
    Research associate at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

  • 1995
    Promoted to senior researcher

  • 1999
    Appointed DFKI Research Fellow

  • 1999
    Promoted to principal researcher

  • 2000
    Appointed professor at the University of Augsburg, Germany

  • Since 2001
    Chair in multimedia concepts and their applications in Augsburg

  • 2004 – 2006
    Business manager of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Augsburg

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • EU Strep eCute (Education in Cultural Understanding, Technologically Enhanced)

  • EU IP CEEDS (The Collective Experience of Empathic Data Systems), 2010 – 2014

  • EU-funded STREP DynaLearn (Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge), Project task: Designing and implementing virtual characters, 2010 – 2012

  • EU-funded NoE IRIS (Network of Excellence on Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling), Project task: Interaction technologies and modalities for interactive storytelling, 2009 – 2011

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project: HCI Design for Trustworthy Organic Computing, within the DFG Research Unit OC-Trust (Trustworthy Organic Computing systems), 2009 – 2011

  • EU IP METABO (Controlling Chronic Diseases related to Metabolic Disorders),, Project task: Emotion recognition from biosignals, 2008 – 2011

  • EU IP CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-Edge Living Adaptive Systems),, Project task: Multimodal components for affective input, 2006 – 2010

  • EU STREP E-Circus (Education through Characters with emotional Intelligence and Role-playing Capabilities that Understand Social interaction),, Project task: Natural language dialogue, tangible and embedded interaction, 2006 – 2009

  • DFG project CUBE-G (CUlture-adaptive BEhaviour Generation for interactions with embodied conversational agents),, 2006 – 2009

  • EU Network of Excellence Humaine (Human–Machine Interaction Network on Emotion Research,, 2004 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union (EU) and diverse national research funding organisations in the USA (National Science Foundation (NSF)), Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands

  • Member of the editorial board of Cognitive Processing – International Quarterly of Cognitive Science

  • Universal Access in the Information Society: An interdisciplinary journal

  • AI Communications (AICOM)

  • Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS)

  • Editorial positions: Associate editor of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (TAC), International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, until 2010

  • DFG review board member for 409-4: Artificial Intelligence, Image and Language Processing, since April 2008

  • Multimodal Interfaces, Computational Linguistics for the period 2002 – 2004

Additional qualifications

Organiser of several international conferences, including:

  • Programme co-chair of the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), 2011

  • Programme co-chair of the 23rd Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA), 2010

  • General conference co-chair of 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), 2007

  • General chair of the 4th German Conference on Multiagent System Technologies (MATES), 2006

  • Programme co-chair of the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), 2003

  • Programme co-chair of Autonomous Agents, 2001

International experience:

  • Waikato University, New Zealand, January – February 2010

  • UC Santa Cruz (BaCaTeC Grant), October – November 2009

  • IUT de Montreuil, Université de Paris 8, France, 2005

  • University of Southern California, USA (BaCaTeC Grant), 2005

  • SRI International, Menlo Park, California, USA, January 1998

  • SRI International (Research Fellowship), Menlo Park, California, USA, 1996

  • University of Sheffield, UK (HCM Grant), Department of Computer Science, April – June 1995


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