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Oct 2019: Our article describing a novel methodology that exploits evolutionary algorithms to handle user-agent conversational interruptions has been published in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (Early Access).
Jun 2019: Moved in Italy to work as Project Manager at SiGrade SpA.
Welcome to my homepage!
In these pages you can find some of my academic work that I have been doing in the interdisciplinary research fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Psychology. My focus is on observing and understanding human social behavior to support the design, implementation and evaluation of natural user interfaces in the form of anthropomorphic virtual characters that can interact in real-time with their users by using both verbal (e.g. spoken language) and nonverbal behavior (e.g. body language and facial expressions).
Applications of my research include online educational and training environments, healthcare (e.g. social support) and entertainment (e.g. videgames and interactive museum installations).