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Dr. Eleni Efthimiou is Research Director at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing /ATHENA RC, where she heads the Embodied Interaction and Robotics Group, focusing on multimodal human communication, assistive interfaces and multimodal Human-Robot Interaction. In 1986 she received her PhD degree in Generative Linguistics from the University of Salzburg. From 1995 to date, she has designed and developed various interaction environments with emphasis on SL based interfaces, while she has also developed methodologies for human multimodal data collection. In 2005 she founded the Sign Language Technologies Team at ILSP, a group of excellence activating in wide-scale SL resources and technologies with an emphasis on synthetic signing, machine translation and information retrieval from SL video. She is an editorial board member of Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) Journal.
Her main research interests focus on natural language processing, sign language (SL) technologies and optimization of HCI/HRI