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Eva Hudlicka

Principal Scientist, Psychometrix Associates
Part-Time Lecturer
(413) 577-2127


Computational models of emotion, with emphasis on emotion-cognition interactions; Cognitive-affective agent architectures; Affective HCI; Affective gaming; Applications of affective computing in mental health, including serious affective gaming and virtual coaches for health behavior.


Affective modeling - research - Computational models of emotions, with emphasis on models of affect-induced biases on cognitive processing - Development of generic methods for modeling the interacting effects of emotions and personality traits on cognitive processing - Identification of the mechanisms of affective biases - Development of cognitive-affective architectures - Development of guidelines for modeling emotion generation and emotion effects - Identification of fundamental processes required to model emotion - Affective gaming and development of affective game engines - Affective user modeling Affective modeling - applications - Use of emotion models to predict the impact of affective biases on situation assessment and decision-making - Use of emotion models to assess risk and develop risk management strategies in human-system design, including team configurations - Development of affect-adaptive synthetic characters for health behavior training and coaching - Development of serious games for mental health applications


Dr. Hudlicka is a Principal Scientist at Psychometrix Associates, which she founded in 1998 to conduct research in computational affective modeling and its applications in healthcare. Prior to founding Psychometrix in 1998, Dr. Hudlicka was a Senior Scientist at Bolt, Beranek and Newman in Cambridge, MA. She was also a Senior Consulting Scientist at Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, MA and has held adjunct professor appointments at San Jose State, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Hampshire College and U.Mass.-Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1986), her M.S. in Computer Science from The Ohio State University (1979), and her B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech (1977).

Activities & Awards

Dr. Hudlicka has given numerous invited and keynote presentations on emotion modeling and affective HCI. She was a co-chair of a AAAI symposium on "Emotion, Personality and Social Behavior" (2008); AAAI symposium on "Computational Architectures for Emotion" (2004); workshop on "Emotions in Games" (ACII2011); and a workshop on "Affect and Attitude User Modeling" (in conjunction with User Modeling 2003). She participated in numerous program committees including ACII (International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction), AAAI, AAMAS, FDG (Foundations of Digital Games), ICMI (International Conference on Multimodal Interaction), EPIA (Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence), and EmoSPACE. She was a member of the Committee on "Organizational Behavior Modeling", 2005-2007; The National Academies / National Research Council, and is a member of the IEEE Task Force on Player Satisfaction Modeling. She is an associate editor of the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions, and a member of the editorial board of the Oxford Series on Cognitive Models and Architectures (Oxford University Press), the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, and the Intl. Jnl. of Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures. She was a special Issue Editor of the International Jnl. of Synthetic Emotions (with Hatice Gunes). Benefits and Limitations of Continuous Representations of Emotions in Affective Computing, 3(1), 2012; and the International Journal of Human Computer Systems (with Michael McNeese). Applications of Affective Computing in Human-Computer Interaction, 59 (1-2), 2003. Dr. Hudlicka was a recipient of a Performance Excellence Award at BBN. Her paper on "Modeling Effects of Behavior Moderators on Performance" was selected for 'Recommended Readings' at the 2003 BRIMS (Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation) conference. She was a recipient of the University Fellowship at the Ohio State University. She is a member of IEEE, AAAI, Cognitive Science Society, and the International Society for Research on Emotions.