My research interests are in the broad areas of computer vision, machine learning, and affective computing, with a specific focus on automated analysis and synthesis of facial actions to understand human behavior, emotion, pain, and psychopathology.
Prior to joining Utrecht Univesity, I was an Assistant Professor at the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Department at Tilburg University. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Affect Analysis Group at University of Pittsburgh. During my PhD, I visited the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics Group at Delft University of Technology. I received B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Engineering at Middle East Technical University.