Alexis Heloir

Alexis Heloir is leading the Sign Language Synthesis and Interaction junior research group. He obtained in 2004 a master degree in computer science from University of Lille (France). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of Bretagne Sud in 2008 on the subject of analysis-synthesis of plausible human motion applied to French Sign Language. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a researcher at the German Research Center for artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in the EMBOTS junior research group. His current research interests are the control and the animation of embodied conversational agents as well as the generation of intelligible sign language utterances using avatars.

Fabrizio Nunnari

Fabrizio received his Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Torino, Italy. Since then he’s been working in Torino, Italy as researcher, developer and project manager for many national and european, industrial and research projects in the fields of Interactive Real-Time 3D Multimedia Systems, Virtual Storytelling, Procedural Character Animation, Art & Technology performances and installations. His research interest focus on the generation of believable virtual characters and the exploration of novel gesture-based user-interfaces.

Nicolas Erbach (HiWi)

Nicolas is studying computer science at Saarland university since 2011. He’s working part time for the SLSI group as a software developer for Fabrizio’s character generation platform.

Tengfei Wang 王腾飞 (Master student)

Tengfei started his master program in the computer science department of Saarland university in 2012. He joined us in February 2014 to work on his graduation project: “Hidden Markov Model Based Recognition of German Fingerspelling Using the Leap Motion’’. A post describing the project will be soon published.

Nils Lipp(HiWi)

Nils is studying computer science at Saarland university since 2011. He’s working part time for the SLSI group as a software developer for Fabrizio’s character generation platform.

Mirella Scholtes (HiWi)

Mirella is a bachelor student in psychology at Fernuniversität Hagen. She is also a talented pianist. Before joining the SLSI group, Mirella was working as a student assistant in the HCI group. She’s helping us conducting user studies and maintaining our website.