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I am a Data Scientist working at the European Food Safety Authority. In these pages you can find my recent publications and some of my past academic work that I have done in the interdisciplinary research fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Psychology. My focus was 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 this research include online educational and training environments, healthcare (e.g. social support) and entertainment (e.g. video-games and interactive museum installations).