I am currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where I am working in the CSTR and ILCC institutes in the School of Informatics. I am supervised by Hiroshi Shimodaira and Simon King. I also work part time as a Computational Linguist for Chenope.
Before starting my PhD I worked as a Knowledge Engineer for Artificial Solutions, crafting Natural Language Understanding solutions for a variety of clients including Vodafone, IKEA and Deutsche Post. I also helped in the development of the personal assistant app Indigo.
My research focus lies on automatic animation using state-of-the-art machine learning methods. I’m particularly interested in learning the relationship between speech and head motion and synthesising new head motion from an incoming speech signal. This way, we can make head motion look much more natural because we can avoid hand-crafted rules. We can also make animation less expensive because we don’t need endless hours of motion capture. If you’re interested in how well things work at the moment, have a look at my Demo section.