I am a research assistant professor in computer science at USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the director of the Intelligent Human Perception Lab I am interested in building machine learning models that can automatically recognize human states such as emotion and intent. My current research focuses on applications of non-verbal behavior sensing in dyadic interactions to support mental health applications and human-machine interaction. Together with my team, we work on emotion recogniton, multimodal sentiment analysis and automatic behavior generation for virtual agents. I am the president elect for the Association for Advancement of Affective Computing and a member of ACM and a senior member of the IEEE.

Research Interest


I am teaching CSCI-535, “multimodal learning of human communication”, in spring 2021. The syllabus is available here.



My publications are available on my google scholar page.

Community service


Conferences and workshop committees


Review and program committee membership

PC memberships: ACM ICMI’20-21 (Senior PC), BMVC’20-21, AAAI’20, IJCAI 21, MuSe workshop 2020, IEEE FG’19, AVEC’18, ACM ICMR’18, IEEE FG’18, ICMR’17, ACM UMAP’17, ICME’17, IUI’17, IEEE ACM UMAP’16, IJCAI’16, IEEE ICME’16, Multimodal Machine Learning workshop 2015, CBMI’15, ACM MMSys’15, IEEE ICME’15, EmoSPACE’15, Workshop on Personality and Affect in Multimedia Retrieval ‘15, ACM MM’14, IEEE ICME’14, CrowdRec’13, Workshop on Social Behaviour Analysis (SBA-2013), ACM MM’13, IEEE SMC 2012&13, Wokrshop on Emotions and Personality in Personalized Services, UMAP 2013, IEEE ICME’13, AMC MM Sys’13, Workshop on Social Media for Human Computation (SOHuman) , 2012-2014, Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage (PATCH 2012), ACM MM’12,Workshop on Crowdsourcing for Multimedia, ACM MM’12, Workshop on Social Media for Human Computation,IEEE Social Com., 2012.

Occasional reviewer for: IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, Int. Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Image and Vision Computing, IEEE Trans. Affective Computing, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man and Cybernetics–Part B, IEEE Trans. Human Machine Systems, ACM TOMCCAP, Neurocomputing, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Int’l Journal of Synthetic Emotions, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, PLOS One, IEEE Trans. Selected topics in signal processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing.


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