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About me


Welcome!

I am an associate professor on Computer Science at the European Centre for Virtual Reality (CERV) in the National Engineering School of Brest (ENIB).

Interests:

human-machine interaction, embodied conversational agents (ECAs), virtual character behavioural models, computer animation, virtual environment.

Main work: development of part of the embodied conversational agent called Greta, while being a researcher at the University of Rome La Sapienza as well as at Telecom ParisTech. Projects: At present, I am a participant of the ANR project VR-MARS

Publications:
  • international journals
  • national journals
  • book chapters
  • national and international conferences and workshops

details are reported in the publications page

Other research activities:
  • Participation to the creation of national and international research projects
  • Reviewer for international conferences
  • Member of the European network of excellence on emotions (HUMAINE)
  • Participation in the organization of international conferences and national workshops

Curriculum vitae


Date and place of birth: 8th November 1975, Latina (Italy)
Nationality: Italian French
Languages: Italian, French, English
Job position: Associate professor, Member of Lab-STICC, IHSEV


Education

September 2009
PhD in co-tutelage:
Computer Science (with honours of the jury) - University Paris 8
Cognitive Psychology, Psychosociology, Personality (very good) - University La Sapienza of Rome

July 2002
Master Degree in Computer Science - University La Sapienza of Rome - Italy

July 1994
Scientific High School Degree - Liceo Scientifico G.B. Grassi of Latina - Italy


Job experience

since September 2011
Associate Professor - CERV - National Engineering School of Brest, France

  • Development of human computer interfaces - natural real-time interactions
  • National and International collaborations
  • Teaching in the engineering school

October 2009 - August 2011
Post-PhD, Researcher - CNRS, LTCI Telecom ParisTech - Paris, France

  • Development of embodied conversational agents - distributed and modular architectures
  • International collaborations

January 2005 - September 2009
PhD student, Researcher - University Paris 8 (LINC) - Paris, France

  • Computational model of listener behaviour for virtual characters
  • International collaborations
  • Teaching in a master's program

April 2004 - June 2004
Software developer - Ingegneri associati di Roma s.r.l. - Rome, Italy

  • Development of a human-machine interface for a computing software

June 2002 - March 2004
Research Engineer - University La Sapienza of Rome - Rome, Italy

  • Integration of facial expressions in virtual agents animation
  • Development of a expressive model for virtual agents


Teaching
  • Since 2011 at ENIB:
    • Virtual Agents, master's program of Computer Science
    • Programming language modern C++, 3rd year of Computer Science
    • Programming language JAVA, 3rd year of Computer Science
    • Programming language C, 2nd year of Computer Science
  • 2010 - Virtual Agents, master's program of Computer Science at Telecom SudParis
  • 2008 - Computer Graphic, 2nd year of Computer Science at the IUT of Montreuil, University Paris 8
  • 2007 - Programming language C, 1st year of Computer Science at the IUT of Montreuil, University Paris 8
  • 2006 - Programming language C, 1st year of Computer Science at the IUT of Montreuil, University Paris 8

Reviewer
  • IVA - Intelligent Virtual Agent 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • TAC - Transactions on Affective Computing 2010, 2017
  • AFFINE - ACM Multimedia Workshop 2010
  • AAMAS - Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2005, 2006, 2018
  • MOCO - Movement and Computing 2018
  • VRST - The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 2017
  • IEEE VR - IEEE Virtual Reality 2018
  • ACM TiiS - ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems 2018
  • CASA - Computer Animation and Social Agents 2005, 2006, 2008
  • WACAI - Workshop on Artificial Compagnon, Affect, Interaction 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • INTETAIN - International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment 2016
  • IJVR - International Journal on Virtual Reality 2015
  • ICMI - International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2016
  • IJHCS - International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2014
  • ENTCOM - Entertainment Computing 2012
  • RIA - Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle 2013
  • IADIS - Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2010, 2013
  • IWEC - International Workshop on Empathic Computing 2012
  • PRICAI - Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2012
  • ICSC - International Conference on Social Computing 2012
  • JMUI - Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces 2012
  • NSMC - Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication 2011
  • INTERACT - 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
  • TSMC - Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics 2010

Projects participation
  • 2018-2021 - ANR French Project VR-MARS (Virtual Reality, Medical Assistance and Rescue for Spationauts)
  • 2012-2016 - ANR French Project INGREDIBLE (INteraction Gestuelle cREDIBLE)
  • 2008-2010 - European Project SEMAINE for Sensitive Artificial Listener (SAL)
  • 2005-2007 - French Project LABIAO (Lecture Labiale Assistée par Ordinateur)
  • 2004-2007 - European Project HUMAINE (HUMAn-machine Interaction Network on Emotions)
  • 2003 - European Project MagiCster (Embodied Believable Agents)

Publications


PhD THESIS

E. Bevacqua, "Computational model of listener behavior for Embodied Conversational Agents", Ph.D. in Computer Science, Published by Dissertation.com, ISBN-10: 1599423359, ISBN-13: 9781599423357, 2009



2018

J. Taoum, A. Raison, E. Bevacqua, R. Querrec. "An Adaptive Tutor to Promote Learners' Skills Acquisition during Procedural Learning". ITS'18 Workshop, 2018

R. Querrec, J. Taoum, B. Nakhal, E. Bevacqua. "Model for Verbal Interaction between an Embodied Tutor and a Learner in Virtual Environments". In proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, 2018 v

2017

(journal paper) E. Bevacqua, R. Richard and P. De Loor. "Believability and Co-presence in Human-Virtual Character Interaction". IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 37(4), pp.17-29, 2017

(journal paper) P. De Loor, R. Richard and E. Bevacqua. "Interaction corporelle évolutive entre un humain et un personnage virtuel : Proposition d'un modàle théorique et de son évaluation dans le cadre d'un exergame de fitness". Revue des Sciences et Technologies de l'Information - Série RIA : Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle, Lavoisier, 2017

E. Bevacqua and G. Desmeulles. Real and virtual body percussionists interaction. MOCO '17, London, United Kingdom. 2017 PDF


2016

B. Ravenet, E. Bevacqua, A. Cafaro, M. Ochs, C. Pelachaud, "Perceiving Attitudes Expressed Through Nonverbal Behaviors in Immersive Virtual Environments", in MIG'16, pp. 175-180, 2016

J. Taoum, B. Nakhal, E. Bevacqua, R. Querrec, "Une proposition de conception pour les tuteurs virtuels interactifs dans un environnement informé", in AFRV'16, Brest, France, 2016

J. Taoum, B. Nakhal, E. Bevacqua, R. Querrec, "A Design Proposition for Interactive Virtual Tutors in an Informed Environment", in IVA'16, pp. 341-350, 2016

E. Bevacqua, R. Richard, J. Soler, P. De Loor, "InGredible : Une plateforme dédiée à l’interaction corporelle entre humain(s) et/ou agent(s) virtuel(s) basée sur la notion de couplage", in WACAI'16, Brest, France, 2016 PDF

J. Taoum, B. Nakhal, E. Bevacqua, R. Querrec, "Cognitive Feedback for Embodied Conversational Agents", in WACAI 2016, Jun 2016, Brest, France. 2016 PDF

E. Bevacqua, G. Desmeulles, "Interaction entre humains virtuels et réels dans le cadre de la percussion corporelle", in WACAI 2016, Jun 2016, Brest, France. 2016

E. Bevacqua, R. Richard, J. Soler, P. De Loor, "INGREDIBLE : A platform for full body interaction between human and virtual agent that improves co-presence", in MOCO’16, July 05 - 07, Thessaloniki, GA, Greece, 2016 PDF

P. De Loor, R. Richard, J. Soler, E. Bevacqua, "Aliveness metaphor for an evolutive gesture interaction based on coupling between a human and a virtual agent", in CASA’16, pp. 147-155, May 23-25, Genève, Swiss, 2016 PDF


2015

E. Bevacqua, C. Jost, A. Nédélec, P. De Loor, "Gestural coupling between humans and virtual characters in an artistic context of imitation", in Brinkman et al. (Eds) : Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA15), LNAI 9238, pp. 194-197, 2015 PDF

C. Jost, P. de Loor, I. Stanković, A. Nédélec, E. Bevacqua, "Real-Time gesture recognition based on motion quality analysis", in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN15), Torino, Italy, pp. 47-56, 2015 PDF


2014

E. Bevacqua, I. Stanković, A. Maatallaoui, A. Nédélec, P. De Loor, "Effects of Coupling in Human-Virtual Agent Body Interaction", in T. Bickmore et al. (Eds): Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA14), LNAI 8637, pp. 54-63, 2014 PDF

2013

(book chapter) E. Bevacqua, "A Survey of Listener Behavior and Listener Models for Embodied Conversational Agents", in Coverbal Synchrony in Human-Machine Interaction, Matej Rojc and Nick Campbell (Ed.), pp. 243-268, 2013

I. Stanković, P. De Loor, V. Demulier, A. Nédélec, E. Bevacqua, "The INGREDIBLE Database: A First Step Toward Dynamic Coupling in Human-Virtual Agent Body Interaction" in Aylett et al. Editors, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA13), Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8108 2013, pp. 430-431, 2013.

(book chapter) M. Ochs, E. Bevacqua, K. Prepin, Q.A. Le, Y. Ding, J. Huang, R. Niewiadomski, C. Pelachaud, "La compréhension de la machine à travers l'expression non-verbale", in Chapitre du livre "Intercompréhensions comparées dans trois types d'interactions : Homme-Homme, Animal-Homme-Machine et Homme-Machine" Sous la direction de M. Grandgeorge, B. Le Pévédic, F. Pugnière-Saavedra, E.M.E. Editions, ISBN : 978-2-8066-0855-0, 2013


2012

(journal paper) E. Bevacqua, E. de Sevin, S. Hyniewska and C. Pelachanud, "A listener model: introducing personality traits", in Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces, special issue Interacting ECAs, DOI: 10.1007/s12193-012-0094-8, 2012

(journal paper) E. de Sevin, E. Bevacqua, S. Hyniewska et C. Pelachaud, "Un Modèle d'Interlocuteur Virtuel avec des Comportements d'Écoute Crédibles", Journal Technique et Science Informatiques, n. 31, 2012


2011

M. Ochs, E. Bevacqua, K. Prépin, Q. A. Le, Y. Ding, J. Huang, R. Niewiadomski et C. Pelachaud, La compréhension de la machine à travers l'expression non-verbale, III : Intercompréhension - de l'intraspécifique à l'interspécifique, Nantes, France, Novembre 2011

(journal paper) M. Schröder, E. Bevacqua, R. Cowie, F. Eyben, H. Gunes, D. Heylen, M. ter Maat, G. McKeown, S. Pammi, M. Pantic, C. Pelachaud, B. Schuller, E. de Sevin, M. Valstar and M. Wollmer, "Building Autonomous Sensitive Artificial Listeners", IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing volume 99 number 1, Pages 134-146, IEEE, 2011

(book chapter) D. Heylen, E. Bevacqua, C. Pelachaud, I. Poggi, J. Gratch and M. Schröder, "Generating Listening Behaviour", in Emotion-Oriented Systems Cognitive Technologies, Springer, Part 4, 321-347, 2011

(book chapter) E. André, E. Bevacqua, D. Heylen, R. Niewiadomski, I. Poggi, C. Pelachaud, C. Peters, M. Rehm, "Non-verbal persuasion and communication in an affective agent". In Emotion-Oriented Systems: The Humaine Handbook, Springer, Eds P. Petta, C. Pelachaud, R. Cowie, 2011

(journal paper) M. McRorie, I. Sneddon, G. McKeown, E. Bevacqua, E. de Sevin and C. Pelachaud, "Building and Evaluating Personality in Virtual Agents", IEEE Transactions of Affective Computing, November 2011


2010

(journal paper) J. Urbain, R. Niewiadomski, E. Bevacqua, T. Dutoit, A. Moinet, C. Pelachaud, B. Picart, J. Tilmanne, J. Wagner, "AVLaughterCycle. Enabling a virtual agent to join in laughing with a conversational partner using a similarity-driven audiovisual laughter animation", Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces 4(1), 47-58, 2010

J. Urbain, E. Bevacqua, T. Dutoit, A. Moinet, R. Niewiadomski, C. Pelachaud, B. Picart, J. Tilmanne et J. Wagner, "La base de donnees AVLaughterCycle", JEP, Mons, Belgique, 2010

J. Urbain, E. Bevacqua, T. Dutoit, A. Moinet, R. Niewiadomski, C. Pelachaud, B. Picart, J. Tilmanne et J. Wagner, "The AVLaughterCycle database", LREC'10, Malte, May 2010

E. de Sevin, E. Bevacqua, S. Pammi, C. Pelachaud, M. Schröder and B Schuller, "A Multimodal Listener Behaviour Driven by Audio Input", International Workshop on Interacting with ECAs as Virtual Characters, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, o.A., 2010

E. Bevacqua, S. Pammi, S. J. Hyniewska, M. Schroeder and C. Pelachaud, "Multimodal Backchannels for Embodied Conversational Agents", in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2010), Philadelphia (PA), USA, 2010 PDF

E. Bevacqua, S.J. Hyniewska, C. Pelachaud, "Evaluation of a virtual listener’s smiling behavior", in Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2010), Saint-Malo, France, 2010 PDF

E. Bevacqua, S.J. Hyniewska, C. Pelachaud, "Positive influence of smile backchannels in ECAs", in International Workshop on Interacting with ECAs as Virtual Characters (AAMAS 2010), Toronto, Canada, 2010 PDF

(journal paper) E. de Sevin, R. Niewiadomski, E. Bevacqua, A.-M. Pez, M. Mancini, C. Pelachaud, "Greta, une plateforme d'agent conversationnel expressif et interactif", Technique et science informatiques, le numéro spécial "Agents conversationnels animés", (vol. 29), 2010

E. Bevacqua, E. de Sevin, C. Pelachaud, M. McRorie, I. Sneddon, "Building credible agents: Behaviour influenced by personality and emotional traits", in Proceedings of the International Conference on Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research (KEER'10), Paris, France, 2010 PDF

(book chapter) E. Bevacqua, K. Prepin, R. Niewiadomski, E. de Sevin, C. Pelachaud, "Greta: Towards an Interactive Conversational Virtual Companion", In book: Artificial Companions in Society: perspectives on the Present and Future, Chapter: Close Engagements with Artificial Companions: Key social, psychological, ethical and design issues, pp.1-17, 2010


2009

M. Schröder, E. Bevacqua, F. Eyben, H. Gunes, D. Heylen, M. ter Maat, S. Pammi, M. Pantic, C. Pelachaud, B. Schuller, E. de Sevin, M. Valstar, M. Wollmer, A Demonstration of Audiovisual Sensitive Artificial Listeners, ACII 2009, Demo, Amsterdam Sept 2009. Best Demo Award.

E. Bevacqua, K. Prepin, E. de Sevin, R. Niewiadomski and C. Pelachaud, "Reactive behaviors in SAIBA architecture", in Workshop Towards a Standard Markup Language for Embodied Dialogue Acts, held in conjunction with AAMAS'09, Budapest, May 2009. PDF

S. Ondáš, E. Bevacqua, J. Juhár, P. Demeter, "Towards influencing of the conversational agent mental state in the task of active listening", in Esposito, A., Campbell, N., Vogel, C., Hussain, A., Nijholt, A. (eds.), Development of Multimodal Interfaces: Active Listening and Synchrony, 2009

R. Niewiadomski, E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini, C. Pelachaud, "Greta: an interactive expressive ECA system", Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Budapest, 2009 PDF

M. McRorie, I. Sneddon, E. de sevin, E. Bevacqua and C. Pelachaud, "A model of personality and emotional traits", Proceedings of The 9th International Conference on the Intelligent Virtual Agents, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 14-16 September, 2009 PDF

(book chapter) E. Bevacqua, C. Pelachaud, I. Poggi, "Abilitá di un agente conversazionale - Il ruolo dell'ascoltatore", in Cognito, 2009 DOC


2008

M. Mancini, R. Niewiadomski, E. Bevacqua, C. Pelachaud, "Greta: a SAIBA compliant ECA system", Troisième Workshop sur les Agents Conversationnels Animés WACA 08, Paris, France, 27-28 November, 2008 PDF

E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini and C. Pelachaud, "Exploring behavioural styles in human-ECA interaction", in Proceeding of Speech and Face to Face Communication Workshop, Grenoble, France, October 27th - 29th, 2008 PDF

E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini and C. Pelachaud, "A listening agent exhibiting variable behaviour", Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on the Intelligent Virtual Agents, Tokyo, Japan, 1-3 September, 2008 PDF


2007

(book chapter) E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini, C. Peters, M. Ochs, N. Ech Chafai and C. Pelachaud, "Intelligent Virtual Agents nell'e-learning", Eds E. Magno-Caldognetto, Aspetti emotivi e relazionali nell'e-learning, CNR, 2007

D. Heylen, E. Bevacqua, M. Tellier and C. Pelachaud, "Searching for prototypical facial feedback signals", in Proceeding of the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007), Paris, France, September 17th - 19th, 2007 PDF

E. Bevacqua, D. Heylen, C. Pelachaud and M. Tellier, "Facial feedback signals for ECAs", in Proceedings of AISB’07: Artificial and Ambient Intelligence. Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2007 PDF

E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini, R. Niewiadomski and C. Pelachaud, "An expressive ECA showing complex emotions", AISB'07 - Artificial and Ambient Intelligence, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, April 2nd-4th, 2007 PDF

M. Mancini, G. Castellano, E. Bevacqua and C. Peters, "Copying behaviour of expressive motion", in Proceedings of Mirage'07: Computer Vision / Computer Graphics Collaboration Techniques and Applications, INRIA Rocquencourt, France, March 28-30, 2007 PDF

(journal paper) G. Caridakis, A. Raouzaiou, E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini, K. Karpouzis, L. Malatesta and C. Pelachaud, "Virtual agent multimodal mimicry of humans", In the International Language Resources and Evaluation Journal, special issue on Multimodal Corpora For Modelling Human Multimodal Behavior, 2007 PDF

(book chapter) C. Peters, C. Pelachaud, E. Bevacqua, M. Ochs, N. Ech Chafai and M. Mancini, "Towards a Socially and Emotionally Attuned Humanoid Agent", in Fundamentals of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and the Biometric Issue, NATO Security through Science Series E: Human and Societal Dynamics - Vol. 18, Edited by A. Esposito M. Bratanic, E. Keller and M. Marinaro, IOS Press, pages 332-342, 2007 PDF

N. Ech Chafai, M. Ochs, C. Peters, M. Mancini, E. Bevacqua, C. Pelachaud, "Des agents virtuels sociaux et émotionnels pour l'interaction humain-machine". In Proceedings of IHM07: Interaction Homme-Machine, IRCAM Paris, Fance, November 13-15, 2007 PDF

C. Pelachaud, C. Peters, E. Bevacqua, "Model of gaze behaviors in conversation settings", International Society for Gesture Studies Conference 2007: Integrating Gestures, ISGS'07, Chicago, abstract, 18-21 June, 2007


2006

E. Bevacqua, A. Raouzaiou, C. Peters, G. Caridakis, K. Karpouzis, C. Pelachaud, M. Mancini, "Multimodal Sensing, Interpretation and Copying of Movements by a Virtual Agent", in Proceedings of PIT06: Perception and Interactive Technologies, Germany, 19-20 June, 2006 PDF

C. Peters, C. Pelachaud, E. Bevacqua, M. Ochs, N. Ech Chafai, M. Mancini, "Social Capabilities for Autonomous Virtual Characters", Games, Portalegre, Portugal, September, 2006 PDF

C. Pelachaud, E. Bevacqua, G. Caridakis, K. Karpouzis, M. Mancini, C. Peters, A. Raouzaiou, "Mimicking from Perception and Interpretation", in Proceedings of Enactive Interfaces, Montpellier, France 20-21 November, 2006 PDF


2005

C. Peters, C. Pelachaud, E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini and N. Ech Chafai, "A Model of Attention and Interest Using Gaze Behavior", in Proceedings of IVA05: Intelligent Virtual Agents, Kos, Greece, September 12-14, 2005 PDF

C. Peters, C. Pelachaud, M. Mancini, E. Bevacqua, "Engagement Capabilities for ECAs", workshop "Creating bonds with ECAs", Fourth International Joint Conf. on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems, Utretch, July, 2005 PDF


2004

(journal paper) E. Bevacqua, C. Pelachaud, "Expressive Audio-Visual Speech", in Journal Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (CAVW), vol. 15, n. 3-4, p. 297-304, July, 2004 PDF

E. Bevacqua, M. Mancini, C. Pelachaud, "Speaking with Emotions", AISB'04 Convention: Motion, Emotion and Cognition, Leeds, GB, March-Avril, 2004 PDF

M. Mancini, E. Bevacqua, E. Magno Caldognetto and C. Pelachaud, "Parlare con emozioni" (abstract), in Conference Comunicazione Parlata e Manifestazione delle Emozioni, Padova, November, 2004 PDF

E. Bevacqua and C. Pelachaud. "Speaking with Emotions", in Proceeding of CASA'04: Computer Animation and Social Agents, Genève, July, 2004 PDF


2003

E. Bevacqua and C. Pelachaud, "Triphone-based Coarticulation Model", AVSP'03, 5-7 September, 2003 PDF

Contact


Main Office
CERV (European Centre of Virtual Reality)
Office 022
25, rue Claude Chappe
29280 Plouzané, France
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 05 89 74
Fax. +33 (0)2 98 05 89 79
Email
bevacqua@enib.fr