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Research Interests

My research is centred on the development of autonomous, anthropomorphic virtual humans and bridges the domains of psychology, computer science, robotics, and neuroscience. 
In my Cybernetic Human Lab at Aston University ( we research virtual humans on the one hand for the application in computer games, training, etc, and on the other hand, we use virtual humans to develop and test models of human cognition, affect, personality, and behaviour regulation. Current projects with interactive virtual characters include an online, real-time Breathing relaxation system (Dar et al., 2022), social group influence (Cracco et al., 2022), the development of an architecture of reflexive behaviours (Bernardet et al., 2016), expression of personality in nonverbal communication (Bernardet & DiPaola, 2014; Saberi et al., 2014), and social-spatial behaviour (Karimaghalou et al., 2014). 
I have developed and implemented several installations and studies that explore the realm of immersion and real-time mixed-reality interaction. We have designed and conducted experimental studies that investigate the subjective sense of presence, navigation in virtual environments, enhancement of neurofeedback using VR, non-symbolic emotion expression, agency attribution human recollection performance, and mixed-reality social interaction I have worked in the domain of motivation and behaviour regulation since my master on social motivation.

Teaching Activity

2020-CS4780 Research Methods and Professional Development
2020-CS2420 Computer Animation
2019-CS3450 Game Development
2017-2019CS2300 Java Program Construction
2017CS3330 Image and Video Processing
2015COGS 200 Introduction to Cognitive Systems
2015COGS 300 Understanding and Designing Cognitive Systems
2007 – 2011Research Methodologies in Humanities and Science
2007 – 2011Systems Design, Integration and Control
2008 – 2010“Adaptive Behaviour”
2009“Alternate Realities”

Contact Details

Phone number:  0121 204 3893


Room Number: MB214F

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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