SSPNet Summer School
on Social Signal Processing

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn is full Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group. She has lead research in social robotics, human-robot interaction, assistive technology and published more than 300 research articles. Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She organizes international conferences and has been Principal Investigator of her research team in many European FP5/6/7 projects. Prof. Dautenhahn is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, as well as Associate Editor of several other international journals.

Jan de Ruiter

Jan de Ruiter obtained a degree in Cognitive Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He wrote his PhD thesis on gesture and speech production with Willem Levelt at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. During the early noughties, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne, Germany, at the Department of Social Psychology. From 2002 to 2008 he returned to the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen and coordinated the Multimodal Interaction project in the Language and Cognition group. In 2009 he accepted a Chair for Psycholinguistics at Bielefeld University, Germany. Currently he is the coordinator of the DFG funded Sonderforschungsbereich "Alignment in Communication". Jan de Ruiter's research focuses on the interface between cognition, communication, and language. Research topics include speech related gesture, gesture in aphasia, turn-taking, and intention recognition in communication. Jan de Ruiter was a P.I. in several EU-funded Artificial Agent and Robotics projects. Currently, he is working on developing a socially well-behaved robot bartender in the EU project JAMES.

Adam Kendon

Adam Kendon studied biological sciences at Cambridge University (BA 1955) and took a D.Phil. at Oxford (1963). He has taught and done research at various institutions, including University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, Bronx State Hospital (New York), Australian National University, University of Naples (Orientale), University of Calabria, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of a collection of papers on social interaction, Conducting Interaction (Cambridge University Press 1990), a major work on Australian Aboriginal sign languages (Cambridge University Press 1988), and a general discussion of gesture published as Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance (Cambridge University Press 2004). He published an English translation of Andrea de Jorio's 1832 treatise on Neapolitan gesture in 2000. He is the author of numerous articles on social interaction, gesture and sign language, and the problem of language origins. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, is editor of the journal Gesture (published by John Benjamins) and an Honorary President of the International Society of Gesture Studies.

Louis-Philippe Morency

Louis-Philippe Morency is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) and Research Scientist at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies where he leads the Multimodal Communication and Machine Learning Laboratory (MultiComp Lab). He received his Ph.D. and Master degrees from MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests are in computational study of nonverbal social communication, a multi-disciplinary research topic that overlays the fields of multimodal interaction, computer vision, machine learning, social psychology and artificial intelligence. Dr. Morency was selected in 2008 by IEEE Intelligent Systems as one of the Ten to Watch for the future of AI research. He received 6 best paper awards in multiple ACM- and IEEE-sponsored conferences for his work on context-based gesture recognition, multimodal probabilistic fusion and computational modeling of human communication dynamics. His work was reported in The Economist, New Scientist and Fast Company magazines.

Nicu Sebe

Nicu Sebe is with the University of Trento, Italy, where he is leading the research in the areas of multimedia information retrieval and human-computer interaction in computer vision applications. He was involved in the organization of the major conferences and workshops addressing the computer vision and human-centered aspects of multimedia information retrieval, among which as a General Co-Chair of the IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition Conference, FG 2008, ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR) 2007 and 2010. He is the general chair of ACM Multimedia 2013 and of ECCV 2016 and was a program chair of ACM Multimedia 2011 and 2007. He has been a visiting professor in Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in the Electrical Engineering Department, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Human-centered Computing and is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Computer Vision and Image Uniderstanding, Machine Vision and Applications, Image and Vision Computing, and of Journal of Multimedia.

Bjoern Schuller

Bjoern W. Schuller received his diploma in 1999, his doctoral degree for his study on Automatic Speech and Emotion Recognition in 2006, and his habilitation and private lectureship (German PD) in the subject area of Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence for his work on Intelligent Audio Analysis in 2012 all in electrical engineering and information technology from TUM (Munich University of Technology) in Munich/Germany. At present, he is tenured as Senior Lecturer heading the Machine Intelligence and Signal Processing (MISP) Group at TUM's Institute for Human-Machine Communication since 2006. From 2009 to 2010 he lived in Paris/France and was with the CNRS-LIMSI Spoken Language Processing Group in Orsay/France dealing with affective and social signals in speech. In 2010 he was also a visiting scientist in the Imperial College London's Department of Computing in London/UK working on audiovisual behaviour recognition. In 2011 he was guest lecturer at the Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) in Ancona/Italy and visiting researcher of NICTA in Sydney/Australia. In 2012 he was with JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Institute for Information and Communication Technologies in Graz/Austria, working in the Research Group for Remote Sensing and Geoinformation and the Research Group for Space and Acoustics. Best known are his works advancing Machine Intelligence, Audiovisual Signal Processing, Human-Computer-Interaction, and Affective Computing. Dr. Schuller is president-elect of the HUMAINE Association, elected member of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee, and member of the ACM, IEEE and ISCA and (co-)authored 4 books and more than 300 publications in peer reviewed books (23), journals (45), and conference proceedings in the field leading to more than 3,400 citations (h-index = 30). He serves as co-founding member and secretary of the steering committee, associate editor, and guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, associate and repeated guest editor for the Computer Speech and Language, associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B Cybernetics and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and guest editor for the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine, Speech Communication, Image and Vision Computing, Cognitive Computation, and the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, reviewer for more than 50 leading journals and 40 conferences in the field, and as workshop and challenge organizer including the first of their kind INTERSPEECH 2009 Emotion, 2010 Paralinguistic, 2011 Speaker State, and 2012 Speaker Trait Challenges and the 2011 and 2012 Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop and programme committee member of more than 50 international workshops and conferences. Steering and involvement in current and past research projects includes the European Community funded ASC-Inclusion STREP project as coordinator and the awarded SEMAINE project, and projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and companies such as BMW, Continental, Daimler, HUAWEI, Siemens, Toyota, and VDO. Advisory board activities comprise his membership as invited expert in the W3C Emotion Incubator and Emotion Markup Language Incubator Groups.

Philippe Schyns

Obtained his degree in Psychology in Liege, Belgium, in 1986, and in Computer Science in Louvain, Belgium, in 1988 followed by a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Brown University (USA) in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Action Editor for Psychological Science and Editor of Frontiers in Perception Science. He researches the information processing mechanisms of face, object and scene categorization in the brain.

Alessandro Vinciarelli

Alessandro Vinciarelli ( is a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow (UK) and a Senior Researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland). His main research interest is in Social Signal Processing, the domain aimed at modelling analysis and synthesis of nonverbal behaviour in social interactions. In particular, Alessandro has investigated approaches for role recognition in multiparty conversations, automatic personality perception from speech, and conflict analysis and measurement in competitive discussions. Overall, Alessandro has published more than 80 works, including one authored book, three edited volumes, and 22 journal papers. Alessandro has participated in the organization of the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing as a Program Chair in 2011 and as a General Chair in 2012, he has initiated and chaired a large number of international workshops, including the Social Signal Processing Workshop, the International Workshop on Socially Intelligence Surveillance and Monitoring, the International Workshop on Human Behaviour Understanding, the Workshop on Political Speech and the Workshop on Foundations of Social Signals. Furthermore, Alessandro is or has been Principal Investigator of several national and international projects, including a European Network of Excellence (the SSPNet,, an Indo-Swiss Joint Research Project ( and an individual project in the framework of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research IM2 ( Last, but not least, Alessandro is co-founder of Klewel (, a knowledge management company recognized with several awards.
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