I am an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the director of the Affective Behavior Interaction Lab.

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

Before joining UMBC, I held postdoctoral researcher positions with Professor Ben Lok in the Virtual Experiences Research Group in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida and with Dr. Marco Gillies in the Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group at Goldsmiths, University of London in the UK. I received a PhD in Computer Science from University College London, UK, an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Aizu in Japan, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

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A list of my publications.
Google Scholar list of publications.

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