Iwan de Kok


Function:PhD Student (Former)


I was born in Dongen, The Netherlands. I have received my B.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 2006 and my M.Sc. degree in 2009 in Human Media Interaction from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, for my thesis on the influence of videoconferencing and an emotional feedback system on negotiations. During my studies I did internships at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, USA and TNO Defence, Security & Safety, The Netherlands.

Currently I am a Ph.D. student at the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands (until July 2013). My research interests are in social human-behavior synthesis for agents. My current focus is on listening behavior. The differences between people in this kind of behavior pose challenges on developing models for this behavior. I am developing methods to deal with these challenges in data collection, learning and evaluating machine learning models and evaluation of interactive virtual human systems.

For work on multimodal backchannel prediction I have received best paper awards at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008 and 10th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces 2008 and the internship report was nominated for the KIVI/NIRIA UT Thesis Award.