I am a Senior Researcher in the ALMAnaCH team at INRIA Paris (the French national research institute for digital science and technology). Until October 2023, I was a Professor of Affective Computing at LTCI, Telecom-Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, where I coordinated the Social Computing team. My research interests are in the areas of Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence that lie at the crossroad of multiple disciplines including, speech and natural language processing, machine learning, and social robotics. I study computational models of socio-emotional behaviors (e.g., sentiments, social stances, engagement, trust) in interactions be it human-human interactions (social networks, job interviews) or human-agent interactions (conversational agents, social robots).
I am motivated by application areas such as health and education, where research in affective computing and artificial intelligence is dedicated to empowering people and improving their quality of life.
My research is supported by projects funded by prestigious and competitive grants such as the H2020 ITN ANIMATAS project (Advancing intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools), or the National French Project (ANR) – REVITALISE – viRtual bEhaVioral skIlls TrAining for pubLIc SpEaking.
Keywords: Sentiment analysis, Emotion recognition in speech, Human-machine interaction, Embodied Conversational Agents, Socio-affective behavior multimodal modeling, Social Robotics.
Main research contributions :
— Collection, annotations, and spontaneous speech processing (disfluency detection) of in-the-wild corpora (e.g. job interviews, human-robot interactions)
— Data/label efficient socio-emotional models: reasoning models, hybrid approaches, data augmentation and meta-learning
— Explainability and interpretability of socio-emotional models
For more details, here are slides describing my recent research.
The press talking about my research :
In English: Robots teaching assistant
Invited at the France Culture program: « Les matins » – 3 April 2023
Invited at the France Culture program: « CQFD » – 9 February 2023;
Invited at the France Culture program: « Le Meilleur des Mondes » – 20 January 2023
Journal Le Monde – December 2022
France Culture program : « La méthode scientifique » – reportage on the research I am conducting with sociologists on the analysis of user engagement in human-robot interactions – 1 May 2019
Invited at the France Culture program : « La méthode scientifique » – 21 march 2018
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