Currently, I am working as a Lecturer at the the School of Computer Science and IT, UCC. I earned my PhD in Computer Science (HCI) in February 2008, at the University of Paris 8 (France). Before joining UCC, I worked as post-doctoral researcher (2008-2015) and Assistant Professor (2016-2018) at the University of Genoa (Italy). My research work is in the field of Multimodal Interfaces and Affective/Social Computing, in particular computer interfaces (i.e., programs and devices) having bodies and non-verbal capabilities, and enabling the user to emotionally and socially interact with the machine. My work focuses on the definition, implementation and evaluation of computational models of non-verbal socio-emotional communication, based on psychological/sociological theories, arts and humanities. My main interests range from investigating algorithms to analyse how people use body movements while interacting and communicating high-level messages (e.g., emotional states and social bonds), to the exploitation of Multimodal Interfaces to elicit and analyse the non-verbal behavior of human users interacting with artificial partners. During the last 15 years, I have been involved in 9 EU research projects and I established numerous collaborations with researchers from several European universities. I have been involved as co-PI and WP leader in the EU FET ILHAIRE project.