Elisabeth André - Curriculum vitae#

Research Interests:
  • Design and evaluation of interactive multimodal user interfaces
  • Experimental learning environments with animated characters
  • Affective Computing
  • Tangible and perceptive user interfaces
  • Interaction techniques for augmented realities
  • Interaction in pervasive environments
  • Multimodal analysis (physiological data, gaze, speech, gestures)

Scientific Career
  • 1988 Diploma in Computer Science at Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, Title of Diploma Thesis: Generierung natürlichsprachlicher Äußerungen zur simultanen Beschreibung von zeitveränderlichen Szenen: Das System SOCCER (Generation of natural language utterances for the simultaneous description of time varying scenes: The System SOCCER),
  • 1988-2001 Scientific Researcher at DFKI GmbH (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)
  • 1995 Dr. rer. Nat. at Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, Title of Thesis: Ein planbasierter Ansatz zur Generierung multimedialer Präsentationen (A plan-based approach for the generation of multimedia presentations)
  • 1995 Promoted to Senior Researcher
  • 1999 Appointed DFKI Research Fellow
  • 1999 Promoted to Principal Researcher
  • 2000 Call to C4-Professorship from Augsburg University
  • 2001- Full Professor of Computer Science, Chair of Multimedia Concepts and Applications at Augsburg University
  • 2004-2006 Managing Director of Institute for Computer Science at Augsburg University
  • 2009 Call to W3-Professorship in Mensch-Maschine Interaktion (Human-Machine Interaction) from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
  • 2009 Call to W3-Professorship in Mensch-Computer-Interaktion und Kognitive Systeme (Human-Computer Interaction and Cognitive Systems) from University of Stuttgart

Stays as a Guest Researcher:
  • 1995: University of Sheffield, (HCM Grant), Department of Computer Science, April-June 1995
  • 1996: SRI-International (Research Fellowship), Menlo Park, California, May-June 1996
  • 1998: SRI-International, Menlo Park, California, January 1998.
  • 2005: IUT de Montreuil, Université de Paris 8, June 2005
  • University of Southern California, March 2005 (BaCaTeC Grant)
  • 2009: UC Santa Cruz, Oct.-Nov. 2009 (BaCaTeC Grant)

Awards and Honors:
  • 2007 2007 Alcatel-Lucent Fellowship at Internationales Zentrum für Kultur- und Technikforschung der Universität Stuttgart (IZKT)
  • 2007, 2008 & 2009 Best Paper Finalist at International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
  • 2005 Convivio Best Demo Award for People-centred Agent Technologies
  • 2000 Best Paper Award at International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
  • 1998 RoboCup Scientific Award
  • 1995 IT Prize Winner

National and international prizes for student projects supervised:
  • 2009 Ionut Damian, Kathrin Janowski, Dominik Sollfrank: Spectators, a joy to watch, Gewinner GALA Award 2009 (Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents)(Publikumspreis), http://mm-werkstatt.informatik.uniaugsburg.de/project_details.php?id=59
  • 2008 Markus Bischof, Bettina Conradi, Peter Lachenmaier, Kai Linde, Max Meier, Philipp Pötzl, Award for Most Innovative Idea at Second International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI 2008), Bonn, http://xenakis.3-n.de
  • 2008 Bernhard Falk: Alfred – a System for Intuitive Facial Expression Control, Winner GALA Award 2008 (Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents) in the Category "Lifelike Agent Tool" (Price of Jury), http://mmwerkstatt.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/projects/GameEngine/doku.php/alfred
  • 2007 Nicolas Schulz, Graphics for the Masses, Gewinner GALA Award 2006 (Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents) in the Category "Lifelike Agent Tool" (Preis der Jury), http://www.horde3d.org
  • 2006 Nikolaus Bee, Michael Nischt: Visual Attentive Presentation, Gewinner GALA Award 2006 (Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents) in the Category "Lifelike Agent Application" (Prize of Jury and Audience Prize)
  • 2006 Thomas Demharter, Markus Hager, Frank Jung, Kai Linde, Philipp Pötzl, Nicolas Schulz: Second Prize at MOTOFWRD-Ideenwettbewerb 2006

Organization of International Conferences and Workshops:
  • Programme Co-Chair of Autonomous Agents 2001, Montreal, Canada
  • Programme Co-Chair of International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2003)
  • General Chair of Fourth German Conference on Multiagent System Technologies (MATES 2006),
  • General Conference Co-Chair of 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)
  • Program Co-Chair of the 23rd Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2010)
  • Initiation of workshop series Tutorial and Research Workshop Perception and Interactive Technologies (previously Affective Dialogue Systems) with colleagues from University of Ulm and University of Southern Denmark (Proceedings published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences LNCS series in 2004, 2006, 2008)

  • Associate Editor of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Cognitive Processing (International Quarterly of Cognitive Science)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Universal Access to the Information Society: An interdisciplinary journal
  • Member of the Editorial Board of AI Communications (AICOM)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal on Multimodal Interfaces
  • Member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (TAC)
  • Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems (TIIS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Computational Linguistics for the period of 2002-2004

Function Owner within Research Area
  • DFG (German Science Foundation) Fachkollegiatin (Representative) for 409-4 "Künstliche Intelligenz, Bild- und Sprachverarbeitung" (Artificial Intelligence, Language and Language Processing) since April 2008
  • Reviewer for DFG, EU and various national research foundations in USA (NSF), Denmark, UK, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands

Function Owner within University
  • Managing Director of Institute for Informatics at Augsburg University 2004 – 2006
  • Member of Competence Centre for Innovative Technologies at Augsburg University (ACIT), http://www.uni-augsburg.de/exzellenz/kompetenz/acit/
  • Women’s Representative for Faculty for Applied Informatics at Augsburg University since 2004
  • Erasmus-Representative for Faculty for Applied Informatics at Augsburg University since 2004
  • GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik) Liaison for Augsburg Universität
  • Coordination of Exchange Programme with National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo, Japan)

  • EU IP METABO (Controlling Chronic Diseases related to Metabolic Disorders) (Jan. 2008 – June 2011), http://www.metabo-eu.org/, Task in Project: Emotion Recognition from Biosignals
  • EU STREP E-Circus (Education through Characters with emotional Intelligence and Role-playing Capabilities that Understand Social interaction), http://www.e-circus.org (March 2006 – Feb. 2009), Aufgabe im Projekt: Natural language dialogue, tangible and embedded interaction
  • EU-funded NoE IRIS (Network of Excellence on Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling) http://iris.scm.tees.ac.uk (Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2011), Task in Project: Interaction technologies and modalities for interactive story telling
  • EU-funded STREP DynaLearn (Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge) http://hcs.science.uva.nl/projects/DynaLearn (Feb. 2010 – Jan. 2012), Task in Project: Design und Implementierung von virtuellen Charakteren
  • EU IP CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-Edge Living Adaptive Systems), http://www.callas-newmedia.eu/ (Nov. 2006 – April 2010), Task in Project: Multimodal Components for Affective Input
  • DFG Projekt CUBE-G (CUlture-adaptive BEhavior Generation for interactions with embodied conversational agents), http://mm-werkstatt.informatik.uniaugsburg.de/projects/cube-g (Oct. 2006 – Dec. 2009)
  • DFG Project HCI Design for Trustworthy Organic Computing within DFG researcher group OC-Trust (Trustworthy Organic Computing systems) (Oct. 2009 – Sept. 2011)
  • EU-Network of Excellence Humaine (Human Machine Interaction Network on Emotion Research, (Jan. 2004 – Dec. 2007), http://www.emotion-research.net

PhD, Habilitation Thesis:

Supervised the Dissertation/Habilitation of 2 researchers (Dr. Christian Elting (Dissertation: Multimodale Ausgabegenerierung in dynamischen, heterogenen Geräteumgebungen), Dr. Matthias Rehm, (now: Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, Aalborg University) and currently supervising 11 Ph.D.s + 1 Habilitation, a number in their final phase.

PhD Committee/Jury of Pashiera Barkhuysen (Tilburg University), Wauter Bosma (University of Twente), Bui de Duy (University of Twente), Magalie Ochs (L'Universite de Paris8).

Habilitation Jury of Dr. Jean-Claude Martin (LIMSI).

  • Design and implementation of Bachelor- and Master Study Programmes „Informatik und Multimedia“ at Augsburg University
  • Participated in the successful application for a Elite Study Programme “Software Engineering” which our Computer Science Department is conducting as a lead manager in cooperation with TU Munich and LMU Munich, mainly responsible for all HCI courses
  • Conduction of basic and advanced courses (e.g. introductory courses in computer science, foundations of multimedia, usability engineering, computer games, augmented realities, multimodal man-machine interaction)
  • Contributed courses to the bachelor study programme „Media and Communication“ of Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Large number of supervised bachelor, master and diploma theses (over 20 in each of the last three years)
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