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Ulysses Bernardet

  • Dr
  • Lecturer in Computer Science
  • Aston University
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My current research is centred on the development of autonomous, anthropomorphic, virtual characters, i.e. 3D representations of humans that behave autonomously and show behaviour that is plausibly human. On the one hand we develop these characters for the application in education, games, caregiving, training and many other domains where humans interact with each other. On the other hand we use the characters to develop and test models of human cognition, affect, personality, behaviour regulation etc. The focus in the development of the virtual characters in on non-verbal social behavior that is goal directed, and takes place in the real-time. With this work I strive to broaden the scope of the models I have previously developed beyond what is possible in a neurobiologically constraint manner, and to find novel ways in which to develop and evaluate complex psychological models. I believe that grounding the design and engineering of humanoid characters in psychological research will lead to a better product in terms of the engagement and plausibility of the interaction. Conversely, characters resulting from this scientific driven design process will serve as a test bed for psychological theories. The implementation of the real-time interactive system that controls the humanoid characters is based on the m+m middleware project funded by CANARIE in of which I am one of the main author and lead architect

Recent publications

  • Assessing the reliability of the Laban Movement Analysis system

    • Bernardet U
    • Fdili Alaoui S
    • Studd K
    • et al.
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  • The Virtual Human Breathing Relaxation System

    • Dar S
    • Lush V
    • Bernardet U

Professional experience

Lecturer in Computer Science

Aston University

October 2017 - Present

Postdoctoral fellow

Simon Fraser University

October 2012 - Present

Sessional lecturer

University of British Columbia

January 2015 - April 2015(3 months)



September 2006 - March 2012(6 years)

Co-authors (97)