AT&T Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Laboratory
Justine Cassell and her students in the Media Laboratory's Gesture and
Narrative Language group create tools to enable natural forms of communication
and linguistic expression in the digital world. Cassell applied ten years of
research on the verbal and nonverbal aspects of human conversation to the
design of the first autonomous animated agent with speech, gesture, intonation
and facial expression. Her group is currently implementing the newest generation
of an embodied conversational agent. Cassell also investigates the role that
technologies such as these play in children's lives, as support for the learning of
language, cognition, and social skills. She is the co-editor, with Henry Jenkins, of
From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games (1998) and the
editor of Embodied Conversational Agents (2000). She holds a master's degree
in literature from the Universite de Besancon (France), a master's degree in
linguistics from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and a double PhD from
the University of Chicago, in psychology and linguistics.
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