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 third edition at ICMI 2022. 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.


Dec 1, 2022 Our paper “The effect of simple emotional gesturing in a socially assistive robot on child’s engagement at a group vaccination day” was accepted for publication at HRI 2023.
Nov 7, 2022 The held the GENEA Challenge and Workshop 2022 at ICMI 2022 which took place in Bangalore, India.
Nov 1, 2022 We organise the HRI Winter School on Embodied Interaction in Ghent, Belgium together with Anouk Neerincx and Kazi Haque from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
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.