Michel F Valstar


University of Nottingham

Resarch Interests: Face Analysis, Automatic Human Behaviour Understanding, FACS recognition, Behaviomedics

Michel Valstar (http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~pszmv) is an associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and member of both the Computer Vision and Mixed Reality Labs. He is an expert the fields of computer vision and pattern recognition, where his main interest and world-leading work is in automatic recognition of human behaviour, specialising in the analysis of facial expressions. Valstar pioneered the concept of Behaviomedics, which aims to diagnose, monitor, and treat medical conditions that alter expressive behaviour by employing objective assessment of that behaviour. Previously he was a Visiting Researcher at MIT's Media Lab, and a Research Associate in the intelligent Behaviour Understanding Group (iBUG) at Imperial College London. He received his masters' degree in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2005 and his PhD at Imperial College London in 2008.

Valstar is the founder of the facial expression recognition challenges, FERA 2011/2015/2017, and the Audio-Visual Emotion recognition Challenge series, AVEC 2011-2016. He was general chair of BMVC 2014, publicity chair of ACII 2017, workshop/demo chair of ICMI 2013, and has been Area Chair for a number of Int’l conferences.