joe walther







Max Louwerse


Andrew Perkis


Gerry Cupchik







Jonathan Gratch













M.T. Soto Sanfiel



Prof. Dr. Joe Walther visits CAMeRA in September 2009

Joe Walther is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media. He is an internationally-recognized leader in behavioral science research on the social effects of the Internet, particularly on relationships, work collaborations, and education. He has formerly held positions in psychology, information science, and education and social policy at Northwestern, Cornell, and elsewhere.
His teaching and research focus on the dynamics of computer-mediated communication and the Internet in interpersonal relationships, work groups, social support, and educational systems. He has previously held appointments in Information Technology, Psychology, and Education and Social Policy at universities in the US and England. He was chair of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management, and the Communication and Technology division of the International Communication Association.


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Max M. Louwerse

Dr. Max M. Louwerse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. Dr. Louwerse received M.A. degrees in language and literature (cum laude) from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and has a Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He studied and taught at the University of Florida, and was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis. He has published in a variety of journals, edited an interdisciplinary volume on thematics and received awards for his teaching and research. His interests cover a wide range of topics in interdisciplinary research related to computational psycholinguistics, including cohesion and coherence relations in discourse comprehension and production, embodied cognition, and multimodal communication. He has been PI on an NSF grant on multimodal communication, and Co-PI or senior researcher on grants on coherence metrics, speech recognition, emotion sensing and intelligent tutoring systems.




Andrew Perkis visits CAMeRA (September 2008)

Currently Andrew is focusing on Multimedia over IP Networks as part of the Norwgian Centre of Excellence "Quantifiable Quality of Service in Communication Systems" - Q2S . The core activities are within Multimedia Signal Processing, specifically within second generation image and video compression schemes (JPEG2000, MPEG-4 ),  multimedia descriptors ( MPEG-7 ) and the development of the Multimedia Framework ( MPEG-21 ). The targeted applications are Universal Multimedia Access in Wired and Wireless systems, including 3G (IMT2000/UMTS) and 4G communication systems. His work includes topics within Resource representation, Digital Item Adaptation (DIA), media conversions and error resilience.





Gerald C. Cupchik

Gerald Cupchik has spent 40 years exploring the search for meaning and experiences of feelings and emotions in everyday and aesthetic episodes. Topics of special interest have included: nonverbal communication of emotion; creation and reception of art and poetry; appreciation of metaphor; and the experience of industrial design objects. From a methodological viewpoint, an important goal has been the integration of quantitative and qualitative forms of data collection in order to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon under study.


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Jonathan Gratch fellow at CAMeRA (June 2008)

To study the communication aspects of cognitive robots, Dr. Jonathan Gratch joined CAMeRA as a research fellow in June 2008. He is an Associate Director for Virtual Humans Research at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and co-director of USC’s Computational Emotion Group. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign in 1995.  Dr. Gratch’s research focuses on virtual humans (artificially intelligent agents embodied in a human-like graphical body), and computational models of emotion. He studies the relationship between cognition and emotion, the cognitive processes underlying emotional responses, and the influence of emotion on decision making and physical behavior. A recent emphasis of this work is on social emotions, emphasizing the role of contingent nonverbal behavior in the co-construction of emotional trajectories between interaction partners.

Jonathan Gratch was invited by Social Sciences and Sciences.





David Roskos-Ewoldsen fellow at CAMeRA (May 2008)

In May 2008, Dr. David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen stayed with CAMeRA as a research fellow to build on a working relationship. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama.  He received a joint Ph.D. at Indiana University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the cognitive sciences program at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Roskos-Ewoldsen's has several research foci.  His research on film comprehension ranges from exploring the micro-processes involved in film comprehension to processes involved in global interpretations of films.  His interest in video game play involves the pro-social effects of video games - particularly violent games.  In addition, he does work on both the causes of and ways to combat adolescent risky behaviour.  He is the past editor of Media Psychology and current editor of Communication Methods & Measures.  Dr Roskos-Ewoldsen will be joining the faculty in the School of Communication at Ohio State University in January 2009.

David Roskos-Ewoldsen was invited by Social Sciences and Psychology and Pedagogy.


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Prof. Dr. Maria Teresa Soto Sanfiel Visiting researcher

Dr. María Teresa Soto Sanfiel stayed with CAMERA from April to September 2008 as a research fellow. She is a Professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. Dr. Soto holds a bachelor degree in Social Communication, Advertising and R.R.P.P. (UCAB), a Master degree in Interactive Communication, Telecommunications and Multimedia, and is Doctor in Audiovisual Communication (UAB). Her research activity has focused on various areas among which: interactive television (programs, effects and contents), the study of voice (synthetic and natural) in broadcast communication, multimedia contents (creation, production and reception) and audiovisual entertainment (design and consumption). Dr. Soto has also worked as an audiovisual producer and journalist. Now, she directs iEnter. Workshop on interactive audiovisual entertainment (Barcelona, Spain) and together with Dr. Peter Vorderer prepares the workshop Entertainment=Emotion (november 2009 in Benasque, Spain). She jointed CAMERA for developing a research project about intercultural differences in the reception of interactive audiovisual narratives and to build on a working relationship.