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I'm interested in how we perceive faces and bodies in order to identify emotions, individuals and the relationships between people. These perceptions are not ends in themselves but serve to drive our actions, so I'm also interested in how different aspects of interpersonal perception affect our interactions. I'm currently working on ILHAIRE, an EU FP7 project which combines Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction techniques to integrate laughter into human-avatar interactions. The novel technologies and approaches developed by the ILHAIRE consortium are evaluated yearly at the eNTERFACE Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces.
I received my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Experimental Psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 2001. I then worked as a research assistant at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences unit for Prof. Tony Marcel and in the Department of Experimental Psychology in Cambridge for Prof. Gregg DiGirolamo, investigating tactile and visual perception. My PhD (completed in 2006, also with Gregg) was on the visual perception of faces, with a specific focus on eye-movements and how brain injury leading to prosopagnosia might affect our ability to strategically target our eye-movements to information rich areas within a face. My first postdoctoral position was at the Institute of Neurology with Prof. Marjan Jahanshahi, during which I investigated how visual cues may help people with Parkinson's Disease improve motor function in walking and overcome freezing of gait. This work is closely linked to the fascinating phenomenon of paradoxical kinesis, here are some remarkable examples on a bike and with a football. I then moved to the Vision Research Lab at UCL to work with Prof. Alan Johnston on perception of dynamic faces. During this project we exhibited our work at the excellent Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition with our collaborators from Queen Mary, University of London. This work also spurred my interest in computational approaches to visual perception and how they can be used to reveal the workings of the human brain. This cross-discplinary approach is something that I highly value in my work within UCLIC and the ILHAIRE consortium.
I'm a UCL cycling ambassador and a qualified cycling instructor. UCL runs regular cycling events where you can get your bike checked, pick up freebies and get your bike security marked. UCL staff and students can get free cycling lessons through UCL or through Camden council.
See UCL walkruncycle for further details.
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