Anna Esposito is Associate Professor at Seconda
Università di Napoli,Department of Psychology,
and Associate researcher at International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS)
Anna Esposito - Seconda Università di
Napoli, Viale Ellittico, 34, 81100 Caserta, Italy and
G. Pellegrino 19 84019 -
Vietri sul Mare (SA)
Phone: +39 089 761167 , + 39 0823
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in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Naples University,
Italy. Title of Ph.D. thesis: Features extraction from
speech: the acoustic attributes of vowels and stop consonants
in Italian (in Italian).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT, Cambridge), visiting scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences under the sponsorship of the Italian Ph.D. Fellowship (host professors: Kenneth Stevens and Michael Jordan).
"Laurea" in Computer Science earned with the maximum score earned at Salerno University, Italy. Title of thesis: A study on the behavior and the learning process of deterministic neural networks: how to increase their storage capacity (in Italian).
Esposito received her “Laurea Degree” summa cum
laude in Information Technology and Computer Science from Salerno University
in 1989 with a thesis on
: The Behavior and Learning of a Deterministic Neural Net (published
on Complex System, vol. 6(6), pp.507-517, 1992).
She received her Ph.D Degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer science from Naples University, “Federico II” in 1995. She spent two years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory of Electronics to develop her Ph.D thesis on: Vowel Height and Consonantal Voicing Effects: Data from Italian (published on Phonetica, vol. 59, n.4, pp.197-231, November 2002).
She has been Post-Doc at the International Institute for Advanced Scientific
Studies (IIASS), Italy, and Assistant Professor at the Department of
Physics at the University of Salerno (Italy), where from January 1996
to October 2000, she taught classes in Cybernetics, Neural Networks,
and Speech Processing.
Anna is currently Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Psychology, Second University of Naples. She joined her Department on January 2003 where she teach on Cognitive and Algorithmic Issues of Multimodal Communication. She is author of more than 130 publications on international journals, books, and conference proceedings with peer review, and editor of 19 international books coming out from schools and conferences jointly organized with EU and overseas colleagues.
Anna has been a Management Committee Member of COST 277: Nonlinear
Speech Processing, http://www.cost.esf.org/domains_actions/ict/Actions/277.
o Mar 1 1995 – Oct 30 1995: Post-doc research
fellowship on Perceptual and Acoustic Analysis of Speech.
International Institute for Advanced
Scientific Studies (IIASS), Vietri sul Mare, IT
o Apr 1989 – Sep 30 1989: Research position in the Communications Software Department of TELETTRA (government owned company), Milan, IT
teaching aims are: To foster the excellence and creativity of students
myself to ensure their learning through:
a) the exploitation of state of art and advanced research materials
b) the engagement into the design of experimental team and individual research projects
c) the employment of innovative teaching methods and the delivery of innovative course material
d) the involvement into to challenging research questions
o Academic Years (AA) 2009-2010 to date: Doctoral School in Science for life and Environment. PhD Course on Modes and Models of Communication and Reasoning (8 CFU)
o AA 2009-2010 to date: Master Degree Programme
of Cognitive Processes”. Master Course on Multimodal Communication:
Cognitive and Algorithmic Issues (8 CFU)
• AA 2006-2009: Course at the Bachelor degree in “Physics
and Cybernetics” on Processing and Encoding of Physical
Signals (3 CFU)
• Dec 1995 – Oct 30 2000: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Cycles
of the Master Programme in ``Advanced Technologies for Information Processing
and Communication" (sponsored by the Italian Government, M.U.R.S.T.
D.M. n. 308 of Jul 3 1995 and the European Community). Courses
|Anna research activity
is on the following three principal research lines of investigation:
1) 1998 to date: Behavioural and contextual analysis of interaction. Semantics and sentiment analysis in dialogues and interactions. Cognitive and Emotional Processes. Cross-modal analysis of speech, gesture, facial and vocal expressions of emotions. Timing perception in language tasks.
2) 1995 to date: Cognitive and computational social information processing. Emotional and social believable Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) . Predictions of oro-facial motions to animate talking faces. Algorithmic and computational issues for the automatic recognition and synthesis of speech and emotions.
The interdisciplinary research background provided a novel perspective
in the field of Human Computer Interaction with applications in Ambient
Assistive Technology for improving life quality and developing models
for the algorithmic implementation of friendly and emotionally coloured
interactive dialog systems and socially believable ICT multimodal interfaces.
Particular efforts are devoted to the following aspects:
PAST RESEARCH RESULTS
Audio and Multimedia Applications for disabled persons results: A Multimedia Program aimed to help teachers of deaf students.
Incremental Learning results: A Neural Network Model for function approximation, based on Incremental Learning has been developed.
Acoustic and Perceptual Analysis of Gemination in Italian results: The perceptual and acoustic attributes of the stop consonants in geminate and non-geminate form have been measured.
Spectrum shape analysis of Italian stop consonants results: A set of
acoustic features has been extracted from the spectrum shape analysis
of stop consonants that allow to discriminate
Acoustic Analysis of Italian Speech results: The fundamental frequency, the formant frequencies, and the durations were measured throughout the vocalic portions of a number of phonemically symmetric Italian consonant-vowel-consonant utterances. Moreover, preliminary studies on Dysarthic speech were done.
Phonemes recognition, Speech Noise Cancellation and Noise Source Identification results: A set of experiments for classifying phonemes extracted from TIMIT have been performed. A set of experiments aimed to cancel noise from speech and to identify the noise source have been performed.
Neural Network (theory and applications) and Auditory
Processing results: A neural network for speaker adaptation implemented.
A new learning
paradigm for neural nets has been developed and applied to
implement a parallel neural adder and a neural network for correcting
binary linear code. A model of the auditory apparatus was developed
 Faundez-Zanuy M, Sesa-Nogueras E, Roure-Alcobe J, Garre-Olmo J, Mekyska J, Lopez-de-Ipiña K, Esposito A: A Preliminary Study of Online Drawings and Dementia Diagnose. In Apolloni B et al. (Eds): Neural Nets and Surroundings, 19, 367-374. Series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, ISBN 978-3-642-35466-3, 2013
 Riviello MT, Esposito A: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Effectiveness of Visual and Vocal Channels in Transmitting Dynamic Emotional Information. In Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(1): 157-160, ISSN: 1785-8860, 2012
 Faundez-Zanuy M, Hussain A, Mekyska J,
Sesa-Nogueras E, Monte-Moreno E, Esposito A, Chetouani
M, Garre-Olmo J, Abel A, Smekal Z,
Biometric Applications Related to Human Beings: There Is Life
beyond Security. Cognitive Computation, 1-16, DOI 10.1007/s12559-012-9169-9,
ISSN: 1866-9956 (print version), ISSN: 1866-9964 (electronic
 Esposito A (2012) Affective Signal Processing (ASP): Unravelling the mystery of emotions, by Egon L. van den Broek. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, 4(1), 67–69, DOI 10.3233/AIS-2011-0131, ISSN: 1876-1364, 2012
 Esposito A., Vinciarelli A., Haykin S., Hussain A., Faundez-Zanuy M (2012) Cognitive Computation Special Issue on Cognitive Behavioural Systems. Cognitive Computation Journal, 3(3), 417-418, ISSN: 1866-9956 (print version), ISSN: 1866-9964 (electronic version), DOI 10.1007/s12559-011-9107-2.
 Bourbakis N., Esposito A., Kavraki D.: Extracting and Associating Meta-features for Understanding People’s Emotional Behaviour: Face and Speech. Cognitive Computation Journal, 3(3), 436-448, ISSN: 1866-9956 (print version), ISSN: 1866-9964 (electronic version), 2011
 Vatakis, A., Esposito, A., Giagkou,
M.,Cummins, F., Papadelis, G. (Eds.): Multidisciplinary Aspects
of Time and Time Perception.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6789 , pp 1-291, ISBN
978-3-642-21477-6, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21478-3 , Springer-Verlag
 Esposito A., Esposito A. M.: On speech and gesture synchrony. In A. Esposito et al. (Eds), Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issue”. LNCS 6800, 252-272, ISBN 978-3-642-25774-2, Springer Verlag, 2011.
 Volpe R., Chanquoy L., Esposito A.: The Matrix of Meaning: Re-presenting Meaning in Mind. Prolegomena to a Theoretical Model. In A. Esposito et al. (Eds), Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issue”. LNCS n. 6800, 316-334, ISBN 978-3-642-25774-2, Springer Verlag, 2011.
 Riviello M.T., Chetouani M., Cohen D., Esposito A: On the perception of emotional “voices”: A cross-cultural comparison among American, French and Italian subjects. In A. Esposito et al. (Eds), Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issue”. LNCS 6800, 368-377, ISBN 978-3-642-25774-2, Springer Verlag, 2011.
 Rossini N. , Esposito A.: Modelling Human Behaviour in Emergency: A Research Agenda for the Creation of a Rescue Robot. In Apolloni, B., Bassis, S., Esposito, A., Morabito, C.F. (Eds): Neural Nets WIRN11, Vol. 234, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, pp.235-246, ISBN 978-1-60750-971-4, IOSpress, 2011
 Troncone A., Esposito A: On the recognition of emotional voices by typical and speech impaired children. In Apolloni, B., Bassis, S., Esposito, A., Morabito, C.F. (Eds): Neural Nets WIRN11, Vol. 234, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, pp 228-234, ISBN 978-1-60750-971-4, IOSpress, 2011.
 Esposito A., Riviello M.T.: The Cross-Modal and Cross-Cultural Processing of Affective Information. In B. Apolloni et al (Eds), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, vol. 226, 301-310, IOSpress, ISBN 978-1-60750-691-1 (print), ISBN 978-1-60750-692-8 (online) 301-310 (2011)
 Esposito A., Troncone A.: Emotions and Speech
Disorders: Do Developmental Stutters Recognize Emotional Vocal
A. Esposito et al. (Eds.): Toward Autonomous, Adaptive, and
Context-Aware Multimodal Interfaces: Theoretical and Practical
Issues , COST 2102
Int. Training School 2010, LNCS 6456, pp. 155–164, ISBN: ISBN
978-3-642-18183-2 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011