Ana Maria Paiva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Departamento de Engenharia Informática) of Instituto Superior Técnico from the Technical University of Lisbon (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa). She is also the group leader of GAIPS (Grupo de Agentes Inteligentes e Personagens Sintéticas), a research group on agents and synthetic characters at  INESC-ID.  Her main scientific interests lay in the area of Autonomous Agents, Embodied Conversational Agents and Robots and Multiagent Simulation Systems. Prof. Ana Paiva has been researching in the area of artificial intelligence for the past twenty years, having also taught at IST during that period.

Prof. Ana Paiva
Associate Professor at IST and 
Group Leader at INESC-ID
 IST Tagusparque, Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva, 
2744-016 Porto Salvo, Portugal
 Telephone_ (+351) 21 423 32 23mailto:ana.paiva@inesc-id.ptshapeimage_3_link_0
Ana Paiva at DBLP

Some relevant publications

Leite, Iolanda, André Pereira, Samuel Mascarenhas, Carlos Martinho, Rui Prada, and Ana Paiva. "The influence of empathy in human-robot relations" in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (2012) [pdf].

Pereira, André, Rui Prada, and Ana Paiva. "Socially Present Board Game Opponents." Advances in Computer Entertainment (2012): 101-116 (Best Paper Award) [pdf].

Aylett, Ruth, and Ana Paiva. "Computational modelling of culture and affect" in Emotion Review 4, no. 3 (2012): 253-263.

Iolanda Leite, Ginevra Castellano, André Pereira Carlos Martinho, Ana Paiva, “Modelling Empathic Behaviour in a Robotic Game Companion for Children”, in Proc. of the 7th Int. Conf. on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI‘2012), ACM Press, 2012 [pdf].

Tiago Ribeiro and Ana Paiva, “The Illusion of Robotic Life: Principles and Practices of Animation for Robots”, n Proc. of the 7th Int. Conf. on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI‘2012), ACM Press, 2012 [pdf]. (Nominated for best Paper).

Pedro Sequeira, Francisco S. Melo, and Ana Paiva, “Emotion-Based Intrinsic Motivation for Reinforcement Learning Agents” in Proc. of the 4th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII‘2011, Springer, 2011. [pdf] (Best Paper Award)

Paulo F. Gomes, Carlos Martinho and Ana Paiva, “I’ve been there before! Location and Appraisal in Memory” in Proc. of 10th Int. Conf. on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2011), IFAAMAS (, 2011 [pdf].

Samuel Mascarenhas , João Dias, Rui Prada and Ana Paiva “A Dimensional Model for Cultural Behaviour in Virtual Agents”, Applied Artificial Intelligence, 24(6), 2010 [pdf].

Ruth Aylett, Natalie Vannini, Elisabeth André, Ana Paiva, Sibylle Enz, Lynne E. Hall: “But that was in another country: agents and intercultural empathy”. in the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS (1) 2009, IFAAMAS [pdf].

 Rui Prada, A. Paiva, “Teaming Up Humans with Synthetic Characters”, Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier (2009) [pdf].

Ruth Aylett, Sandy Louchart, João Dias, Ana Paiva, Marco Vala, Sarah Woods, Lynne Hall, “Unscripted Narrative for Affectively Driven Characters”, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 26(3), pp. 42-52, Jun. 2006, IEEE Computer Society [pdf] .

 Carlos Martinho, Ana Paiva, “Using Anticipation to Create Believable Behaviour”, AAAI 2006 - The Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Jul. 2006, pp. 175-180, AAAI Press [pdf].

Ruth Aylett, João Dias, Ana Paiva, “An Affectively Driven Planner for Synthetic Characters”, ICAPS 2006 - The Sixteenth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Jun. 2006, pp. 2-10, AAAI Press [pdf] 

Ana Paiva, João Dias, Daniel Sobral, Ruth Aylett, Sarah Woods, Carsten Zoll and Lynne Hall, “Caring for Agents and Agents that Care: Building Empathic Relations with Synthetic Agents”, Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, AAMAS’2004, Jul. 2004, ACM Press [pdf] .

Ana Paiva, M. Costa, Ricardo Chaves, M. Piedade, D. Mourão, D. Sobral, K. Hook, G. Andersson, A. Bullock, “SenToy: an Affective Sympathetic Interface”, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 59 (1-2), 2003 [pdf]Home_files/TheInfluenceOfEmpathyInHuman-robotRelations.pdfHome_files/SociallyPresentBoardGameOpponents.pdfHome_files/ModellingEmpathicBehaviour-HRI2012.pdfHome_files/IllusionRoboticLive-HRI2012.pdfHome_files/IntrinsicEmotionLearningACII2011.pdfhttp://www.aamas-conference.orgHome_files/AAMAS-I%27ve%20Been%20Here%20Before%21%20Location%20and%20Appraisal%20in%20Memory.pdfHome_files/1.A%20Dimensional%20Model%20for%20Cultural%20Behaviour%20in%20Virtual%20Agents.pdfHome_files/18.But%20that%20was%20in%20another%20country%20-%20agents%20and%20inte.pdfHome_files/6.TeamingUpHumansWithSyntheticCharacters.pdfHome_files/12.Unscripted%20Narrative%20for%20Affectively%20Driven%20Characters.pdfHome_files/45.Using%20Anticipation%20to%20Create%20Believable%20Behaviour.pdfHome_files/46.An%20affectively%20driven%20planner%20for%20synthetic%20chara.pdfHome_files/67.Caring%20for%20Agents%20and%20Agents%20that%20Care-Building%20E.pdfHome_files/15.SenToy%20an%20Affective%20Synpathetic%20Interface.pdfshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1shapeimage_5_link_2shapeimage_5_link_3shapeimage_5_link_4shapeimage_5_link_5shapeimage_5_link_6shapeimage_5_link_7shapeimage_5_link_8shapeimage_5_link_9shapeimage_5_link_10shapeimage_5_link_11shapeimage_5_link_12shapeimage_5_link_13shapeimage_5_link_14
at Google Scholar


24-25/01/2013-  Participated in the Kickoff meeting of the EMOTE project.

11/01/2013-  João Dias defended his PhD thesis and passed. Bravo João!

8-11/01/2013-  Stacy Marsella visit the GAIPS group. Thanks Stacy for a great time and for helping us here!

Oct-Dez/2012- Visiting Academic at CMU under the Faculty Exchange Program of the CMU-Portugal Program.

13-14/11/2012-  Participated in the Ecute project review in Luxembourg and it all went fine.

08-09/11/2012-  Participated in the SIREN project review in Luxembourg and it all went fine.

05/11/2012-  Our paper “Socially Present Board Game Opponents” was awarded best paper in the Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference, ACE‘2012.

10-11/09/2012-  Participated in the organisation of the IVA Conference in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

08-09/07/2012-  Participated in the LIREC project final review in Poland and it the results were very good. Well done to the LIREC team!

08/03/2012-  Our paper “The illusion of robotic life” was nominated for best paper in the HRI‘2012.

05/03/2012-08/03/2012 Participated in the HRI‘2012 Conference in Boston, where two papers from our team were presented.

27/02/2012- 29/02/2012- Participated in the GALA network of excellence meeting in London.

25/01/2012- Presented an Invited Talk at the UCL in London, on  the topic “Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots”.

14/12/2011- Presented an Invited Talk at the University of Birmingham,  on  the topic “Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots”.

21/11/2011-22/11/2011- Presented an Invited Talk in Brasil, Aracaju, in the Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação.

15/11/2011-16/11/2011 - Participated in the Ecute project review in Augsburg and it all went fine.

9/11/2011-11/11/2011 - Participated in the ACE Conference  in Lisbon, where some of our students presented their work.

10/10/2011-12/10/2011 - Participated in the Affective Computing Conference (ACII) in Memphis, and one of our students, Pedro Sequeira won the best paper!

5/10/2011-6/10/2011 - Participated in the SIREN project review in Luxembourg and it all went fine.

14/9/2011-17/09/2011-  Participated in the IVA‘2011 Conference in Reykjavik.

9/09/2011-  Joana Campos presented her paper at the INTERACT conference.

2/08/2011-4/08/2011 - Visited Catherine’s Pelachaud’s group at  CNRS and Jean-Claude Martin’s group at LIMSI, Paris.

27/7/2011-  Iolanda Leite resented her PhD thesis proposal and passed.

18/7/2011- Rui Figueiredo presented his PhD thesis proposal and passed.

18/7/2011- Dr. Ido Iurgel visited the GAIPS group and gave a short talk about his work as CTO of CCG in Minho.

11/7/2011- Pedro Sequeira presented his PhD thesis proposal and passed.

30/06/2011- Prof Alfred Kobsa and Prof. Glória Mark from the University of California, Irvine, visited our group and saw some of our demos.

29/06/2011- António Brisson presented his PhD thesis proposal and passed.

27/06/2011- Presented an invited talk in Bielefeld University about “Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots”.

21/6/2011 -22/6/2011- Had my “Agregação” and passed!

6/6/2011 -7/6/2011-  SIREN project meeting here in Lisbon.

26/05/2011- Presented a Keynote talk at CASA- Computer Animation and Social Agents Conference, in Chengdu, China.

17/05/2011- Review of LIREC here in Lisbon.

04/05/2011- Invited talk on the topic  “Social Robotics” given at IST- “From human societies to artificial societies”.

12/04/2011-   Yacov Sharir from the Theatre and Dance Department of the University of Texas, Austin visited the GAIPS group and gave a talk about his work.

08/04/2011- Luis Peña from the Artificial Group at the  Universitad Rey Juan Carlos just finished a visit of two weeks to the GAIPS group.

12/03/2011- A short abstract of my invited talk to be done at the CASA conference is available in the GAIPS web site.

03/01/2011- The SEMIRA project started.

20/12/2010- Our paper on Memory in Believable agents has been accepted as a full paper for the AAMAS conference.

01/10/2010- The GALA network of excellence started.

01/09/2010- The Ecute project started.

01/09/2010- The SIREN project started.

{  Ana Paiva  }