My primary research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction and Affective Computing and focus on measuring and modeling affective nonverbal behavior, with a particular focus on body expressions. My current aim is to build training systems for complex real world situations in the wild with populations such as first responders and other emergency services.

Before joining UMBC, I held postdoctoral researcher positions in the Virtual Experiences Research Group in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida and in the Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group at Goldsmiths, University of London in the UK.

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A list of my publications.


I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon, USA. A few years later I moved to Japan where I received a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Aizu. I then moved to London where I received a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 2010. My Masters and PhD research was in the area of Affective Computing.

The UCLIC Database of Affective Postures and Body Movements

As part of my PhD research I was involved in the AffectME project (funded by a Marie Curie International Re-Integration Grant: (MIRG-CT-2006-046434) 2007-2009 (2010)). One outcome of the project was the creation of a database comprising both acted and non-acted motion capture data and avatar images of affective body expressions.

If you are interested in obtaining the database which is freely available for academic use, please contact us: or

Details of the database can be found on the The Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing site.

Examples of acted postures    Examples of non acted postures