Professor Arvid Kappas is a full professor of psychology with a specialization on social psychophysiology and has been conducting research on emotions and interaction for over 25 years. He is associate editor of the APA journal Emotion as well as of the Elsevier Journal Biological Psychology. Kappas, who has published numerous articles and chapters on emotion, nonverbal communication and interaction is furthermore active in the editorial boards of Cognition and Emotion, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, and the British Journal of Social Psychology. He is in the advisory board of the Centre for Emotion Research at the University of Portsmouth and has been elected into the executive board of HUMAINE in 2009. He has particular expertise in nonverbal communication and social and cultural factors relating to the cohesion of emotional experience, physiological arousal, and expressive behavior. Kappas is presently involved in FP7-ICT project CYBEREMOTIONS: Collective emotions in Cyberspace leading a work package on emotional reaction assessment. He has been a reviewer for the EU since several years and has recently been invited to the “Shaping the Future” European Commission Workshop on future long-term research challenges within ICT”. At Jacobs University he is involved in the new BA program Intercultural Relations and Behavior, the Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology major, and the Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences, part of the German Excellence Initiative.
Dr Eva Krumhuber is a senior research associate at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. She obtained her doctoral degree in 2008 from Cardiff University, UK, on the role played by facial movements in social judgments and decisions. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Switzerland, where she contributed to the development of FACSGen 2.0, new animation software for the production of dynamic facial expressions based on action units. She has also been involved in collaborative projects on the automatic recognition of facial expressions in real-time and on the animation of emotional expressions in 3D faces. Within the Ecute project she will investigate affective and empathic responses to different agent architectures within a cultural learning framework using a multilevel approach involving physiological and expressive responses as well as subjective experience.
Aleksandra Swiderska is a PhD student at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and she is also involved in the eCUTE project as a Research Fellow. She studied within the Warsaw International Studies in Psychology program at Warsaw University, Poland, and obtained her M. A. degree in September of 2010. Recently, she has developed a particular interest in dehumanization and anthropomorphism; she focuses on these two processes in her research.