Professor Ana Paiva is a research group leader of GAIPS at INESC-ID and an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. She is well known in the area of Artificial Intelligence Applied to Education, Intelligent Agents and Affective Computing.
After her PhD in the UK (University of Lancaster) in the area of Artificial Intelligence applied to Education, she has worked in Germany (in GMD) and in France (CNRS-COAST team at the ENS of Lyon). In 1996 she returned to Portugal where she created a group on intelligent agents and synthetic characters (GAIPS).
Her research is focused on the affective elements in the interactions between users and computers with concrete applications in robotics, education and entertainment. She served as a member of numerous international conference and workshops. She has (co)authored over 100 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books.
She was a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence SIG on Narrative and Learning Environments, and has been very active in the area of Synthetic Characters and Intelligent Agents.
She co-ordinated the participation of INESC-ID in several European projects, such as the IDEALS (funded under the Telematics program), NIMIS (an I3-ESE project), DiViLab and Safira (IST- 5th Framework), where she was the prime contractor, VICTEC, COLDEX, MindRaces and E-Circus (in the 6th framework), LIREC (in the 7th Framework), SIREN, Ecute and SEMIRA (under the Complexity Net area).