Dirk Heylen is full professor Socially Intelligent Computing at the University of Twente. He is working in the area of Affective Computing, Social Signal Processing and Virtual Human Research. With a background in computational linguistics and computer science he looks at the multiple modalities that people use to communicate with each other and tries to build machines that can mimic these skills. Over the years, he has become interested mainly in non-linguistic channels of communication and in the affective dimension. He is president-elect of the International Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing.
Merijn Bruijnes is a Ph.D. candidate at the Human Media Interaction Group of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He works on a response model for a virtual agent that plays the role of a suspect in practice police interviews, which can be used by students of the police academy to hone their interrogation skills. Merijn holds an M.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics obtained at the University of Twente.
Gijs Huisman is a Ph.D. candidate at the Human Media Interaction Group of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research revolves around social touch technology, and the potential in which social touch may be mediated by haptic feedback technology, or simulated by a virtual agent, to produce effects similar to social touch occurring in co-located space. Gijs obtained his B.Sc. in Communication Science from the University of Twente, and obtained his cum laude M.Sc. in New Media, Research and Design, from the same university.