Pieter Wolfert

Pieter Wolfert is a PhD student at Ghent University supervised by Prof. Tony Belpaeme, where his focus is on generating and evaluating co-speech gestures in embodied conversational agents. As a PhD student he is a member of IDLab, a research group embedded in Ghent University and imec. He is funded by FWO. He is a co-organizer of the GENEA Workshop series, which had its second edition at ICMI 2021. He obtained his Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in 2018 at Radboud University, Nijmegen - The Netherlands. He wrote his thesis on ‘Online engagement prediction in child-robot interaction’ at Tilburg University, where he was part of the European funded L2TOR project.


Mar 1, 2022 We organise the GENEA Challenge and Workshop 2022 at ICMI 2022. GENEA stands for Generation and Evaluation of Non-verbal Behaviour for Embodied Agents. Organised together with Dr. Taras Kucherenko, Dr. Youngwoo Yoon, Carla Viegas, Prof. Gustav Eje Henter and Prof. Zerrin Yumak.
Jan 20, 2022 Our paper ‘A Review of Evaluation Practices of Gesture Generation in Embodied Conversational Agents’ was accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.
Jan 10, 2022 Our paper ‘Cool glasses, where did you get them? Generating visually grounded conversation starters for human-robot dialogue’ was accepted as a late-breaking report at HRI 2022.
Dec 20, 2021 I was awarded a personal travel grant from FWO to visit the division of Speech, Music and Hearing (TMH) at KTH, Stockholm between March and July, 2022.
Oct 21, 2021 Our GENEA (Generation and Evaluation of Non-verbal Behavior for Embodied Agents) Workshop 2021 is happening at ICMI 2021.