Ameneh Shamekhi

PhD. Student

A Brief Introduction to Affective Computing and Virtual Agents

  Computer Engineering Department, Floor 1, Class 101
  Thursday, 31 December 2015
  09:00 - 10:00


Affective computing is an area in Human Computer Interaction in which researchers explore the ways that computers can recognize, process,simulate and respond to human emotion and affect. It has numerous applications in a wide array of domains such as health care, education, robotic systems, and emotion monitoring.

Embodied conversational agents -also a branch of HCI- are computerized, animated, intelligent characters that are represented graphically with a body and face to interact with human users. Virtual conversational agents are used as consulting agents, tutors (in training environment), and personal agents.

In this talk I will briefly introduce the two fields in HCI and will provide a few examples of the state of the art ongoing projects.


Ameneh Shamekhi is a 3rd year PhD student at Northeastern University, college of computer and information science. She is a graduate research assistant at HCI lab, Relational Agents Group (RAG) under supervision of Prof. Timothy Bickmore. She received her BS degree in Information Technology from Sharif University of Technology in 2012.

Her specific field of study is Human Computer Interaction, and she is developing virtual agents to train, promote behavior change, and keep accompany with users through a long-term, emotional and interactive relationship. She is investigating the use of sensors to recognize and track users’ emotions in human-agent interaction to improve task outcomes in domains such as coaching, counseling, psychotherapy and health care.