Team

Researchers

Patrick Gebhard

Head of the group

PhD in Computer Science, Senior Researcher at DFKI

After he has received his PhD in 2007, he founded the Affective Computing Group at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He has long-term experience in the evaluation, representation, simulation, and display of emotions. His research started over two decades ago simulating emotions for the creation of believable agent behavior in interactive human-agent systems. He uses this expertise to research human interaction with the goal to enable a human-like interaction with computer systems.

 

 

Tanja Schneeberger

Master’s degree in Psychology

Since 2015, I am a researcher in the Affective Computing Group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Based on my psychology degree, I am applying psychological models and theories to transfer aspects of a successful human-human interaction to the computer and to evaluate this in empirical investigations. My research deals with the question to what extent people build relationships with virtual agents and how this can be used for social training systems. I was part the EmpaT project, in which a virtual job interview trainer was developed. At the moment, I am working in the DEEP project (DFG) as well as in the EmmA project, win which an empathic reintegration assistant for burn-out treatment is created.

Selected Publications:

Schneeberger, T., Scholtes, M., Hilpert, B., Langer, M. & Gebhard, P. (in press). Can Social Agents elicit Shame as Humans do? In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction. IEEE.

Schneeberger, T., Ehrhardt, S., Anglet, M., & Gebhard, P. (in press for ACII 2019). Would you Follow my Instructions if I was not Human? Examining Obedience towards Virtual Agents. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction. IEEE.

Gebhard, P., Schneeberger, T., Dietz, M., & André, E. (2019, July). Designing a Mobile Social and Vocational Reintegration Assistant for Burn-out Outpatient Treatment. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 13-15). ACM.

Schneeberger, T., Hirsch, A., König, C., & Gebhard, P. (2019, July). Impact of Virtual Environment Design on the Assessment of Virtual Agents. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 148-150). ACM.

Schneeberger, T., Gebhard, P., Baur, T., & André, E. (2019, March). PARLEY: A Transparent Virtual Social Agent Training Interface. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces: Companion (pp. 35-36). ACM.

Gebhard, P., Schneeberger, T., Baur, T., & André, E. (2018, July). MARSSI: Model of Appraisal, Regulation, and Social Signal Interpretation. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (pp. 497-506). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Other activities:

Since 2019 writer for The Inquisitive Mind

September 2019: Speaker at DMEXCO on “Self Care: Can technology help us to live a healthier life?”

 

 

Research Assistants


Mirella Scholtes

Bachelor’s degree in psychology

I study M.Sc. Psychology and B.Sc. Media Informatics concurrently.

My research in this group focusses on oberservable cues of emotion and emotion regulation. I’m responsible for design, conduction and analysis of studies in the projects EmpaT and Eliza.

 

 

Bernhard Hilpert

Bachelor’s degree in psychology

I study M.Sc Psychology and I have always been curious about areas in which our psychological models can be applied in a practical context. The Affective Computing Group is a particularly interesting place for this proposition, as it addresses the implementation of Emotional Models into a Computer Science Context and their influence on their interaction with people. As there are still many open research questions in both disciplines it gives me the chance to experience and contribute to psychological as well as interdisciplinary research and praxis.

My contribution focusses on the implementation, testing and evaluation of Emotional Models in user studies in the projects EmpaT and DEEP.

 

 

Sören Klingner

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences

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Manuel Anglet

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences

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Lenny Händler

Studies Cybersecurity

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Evelyn Beyer

Studies Psychology

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Matthias Hock

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences

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Alumni

 

Anke Hirsch

Bachelor’s degree in psychology

I study M.Sc. Psychology. I wrote my bachelor’s thesis in this research group about “The impact of room colour and light in a job interview induced in a virtual environment”. That’s were I became curious of virtual characters and their personality. Furthermore I am interested in emotions, how they develop, and how they influence our behaviour were always part of my research interest.

 

 

 

Alvaro Cepero

Master’s degree in Computer Science

Made virtual characters and robots more social. Worked on Baxter and  Visual SceneMaker.

 

Zhenqiang Guo

Master’s degree in Computer Science and Communications Engineering

Worked on the interactions between social agents and humans and the StickmanFX and Reeti agents.

 

Beka Aptsiauri

Bachelor’s degree in computer science

Created 3D version of Stickman and Virtual Reeti.