Chloé Clavel

Associate Professor in Affective Computing

Research Activities

PhD Students and Post-docs:

Ongoing Thesis :

Pierre Colombo  (Telecom-ParisTech- IBM) (November 2018 -) : Natural language generation for socially believable agents – co-supervision with Giovanna Varni and Emmanuel Vignon (IBM)

Emile Chapuis (Telecom-ParisTech) (October 2018 – ) : sentiment analysis in interactions

Tanvi Dinkar (Telecom-ParisTech) (August 2018 – ) : disfluencies in human-agent interaction – in collaboration with Ioana Vasilescu and Catherine Pelachaud

Léo Hemanou (Telecom-ParisTech-LIMSI-Easyrecrue) (October 2017 -) : Automatic analysis of social signals during Job interviews Co-supervision with Jean-Claude Martin and Grégory Wajntrob

Hamid Jalalzai (Telecom-ParisTech-LIG) (October 2017- ) : Weak signals detection for opinion analysis in twitter. Co-supervision with Anne Sabourin and Eric Gaussier (LIG)

Alexandre Garcia (Telecom-ParisTech):  Semi-supervised prediction for opinion detection (september 2016 -) Co-supervision with Florence d’Alché-Buc and Slim Essid.

Valentin Barrière (Telecom-ParisTech): Feature Function Learning for Sentiment Analysis in speech interactions (october 2015 -). Co-supervision with Slim Essid.


Defended Thesis :

Irina Malslowski (Telecom-ParisTech-EDF R&D) : Analysis of customers’ opinions in their interactions with Embodied Conversational Agents for customer relationship management (defended in June 2018). Co-supervision with Delphine Largarde (EDF R&D) and Catherine Pelachaud.

Thomas Janssoone (Telecom-ParisTech-ISIR) : Multimodal analysis and recognition of social signals: application to social stance generation in virtual agents (defended in february 2018 ). Co-supervision with Gaël Richard,  and K. Bailly (ISIR)

Caroline Langlet (Telecom-ParisTech) : User’s sentiment analysis in human-agent interactions (defended in september 2018 ) Co-supervision with Catherine Pelachaud (Telecom-ParisTech)

Camille Dutrey (EDF R&D) : Adaptation of information extraction methods to speech conversational data (december 2011 – defended in December 2014 ) Co-supervision with : Sophie Rosset (LIMSI-CNRS), Martine Adda (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Ioana Vasilescu (LIMSI-CNRS )

Rémi Lavalley (EDF R&D) : Automatic extraction of textual segments for the detection of speaker roles, topics, and polarities (defended in July 2012) Co-supervision with : Marc El-bèze (Université d’Avignon), Patrice Bellot (Université d’Aix Marseille)

Post-doc : 

Mohamed Ben-Jannet (Telecom-ParisTech-EDF Lab) : Analysis of user emotional experience during human-human and human-agent interactions (started in November 2017). Co-supervision with Delphine Lagarde

Atef Ben Youssef (Telecom-ParisTech-Softbank robotics) : Multimodal analysis of user’s behavior in human-robot interaction (started in September 2016). Co-supervision with Slim Essid and Angelica Lim (Softbank robotics)

Brian Ravenet (Telecom-ParisTech): Automating the production of communicative gestures in embodied characters (started in February2017). Co-supervision with Catherine Pelachaud

Guillaume Dubuisson-Duplessis (Telecom-ParisTech-ISIR) : Measuring verbal alignment in human-agent interaction (Jan-2017, Dec. 2017). Co-supervision with Frédéric Landragin

Varun Jain (Telecom-ParisTech-ISIR) : Models of intra-synchrony for ECA’s behavior generation : speech and gesture (Oct. 2016-Oct. 2017, Aria-valuspa project). Co-supervision with Catherine Pelachaud

Giovanna Varni (Telecom-ParisTech-ISIR) : Generalized computational models of interpersonal synchrony:  from human-human to human-machine interaction (started in October 2015, Labex Smart). Co-supervision with Mohamed Chetouani

Sabrina Campano (Telecom-Paritech) : Verbal alignment in human-agent interaction (July 2013 – May 2015)

Ongoing projects:

H2020 ANIMATAS – Advancing intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools

ANR JCJC MAOI – Multimodal Analysis of Opinions in Interactions

The Chair Machine Learning for Big data is a Télécom ParisTech Chair. It aims at developing methodological research addressing the challenges posed by the statistical analysis of big data.

The French national ANR project ACORFORMed (2015-2017) : Virtual Reality for Training Doctors to Break Bad News.

The ARIA-VALUSPA  EU ICT project (2015­2018) (Affective Retrieval Interface Assistants  –  using Virtual Agents with Linguistic Understanding, Social skills and Personalised Aspects). The project tackles the development of ECA whose function is to serve as interface for retrieval systems and to provide a more natural answer to user’s requests.

Sense project in the context of Smart labex : the project focuses on socio-emotional signals in interactions and deals with research issues covering the signal capture (audio, video, neurophysiologic), the socio-emotional  signal interpretation and modelisation and its exploitation (virtual agents, musical interaction, group of persons).  The model developed through the project will be evaluated through realistic scenarios.

Past projects:

French national project A1:1: dialog with a life-size avatar in a cultural place, including verbal and non verbal communication dimensions.

French national project ImagiWeb

The Equipex (Equiment of Excellence) DIME-SHS (Données Infrastructures et Méthodes d’Enquête en Sciences Humaines et Sociales) : member of scientific committee

French national project Voxfactory: emotion recognition and sentiment analysis in call-centres

French national project Doxa: design a solution for automatically understanding and interpreting subjective data such as opinions and sentiments


Thesis committee:

1) PhD Jury member, Oana Denisa BALALAU (2017-05-17,  Finding Interesting Events in Twitter and Communities in Social Networks);

2) Doctoral thesis reviewer, Joseph Lark (2017-10-17, Construction semi-automatique de ressources linguistiques pour la fouille d’opinion).

Journal reviewing:

ex: Knowledge-Based Systems, IEEE/ACM Transaction on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Computer Speech and Language, Pattern Recognition, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Journal of Computer Science and Technology, Neural Computing, International Journal of Human Computer Studies.

Conference reviewing:

ex : Interspeech, TALN, COLING, IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, IEEE ICME, ACM MM’, AAMAS, IVA


Invited researcher at LIMSI and Telecom-ParisTech : Marylin Walker, Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz (July and December 2018)