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

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]http://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_9
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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.

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