Sylvie Gibet

Professor in Computer Science
University Bretagne Sud
IRISA, Expression team
Campus de Tohannic, Vannes, France

Tel: (+33)297017243
E-Mail: sylvie.gibet @
Office Hours: Email only

Research Interests

My research focuses on the modeling, analysis and generation of expressive gesture. I am also interested in the perceptual evaluation of produced movements. I have mainly studied expert gestures with strong semantics such as sign language gestures, but also musical gestures such as percussing or conducting gestures, or emotional theatrical movements.

Keywords: Gesture, Semantics, Expressiveness, Analysis, Recognition, Synthesis, Sign Language, Musical Gesture, Performing Arts


  • Functional programming in Ocaml (Licence)
  • Data Structure in Python (Licence)
  • Signal Processing and Machine Learning (Master)
  • Computer Animation (Master)
  • Interactive multimedia projects with motion Capture, 3D and sound processing (Master)

Publications Link


Sign Language Gestures

Expressive gestures for Performing Arts

  • ANR INGREDIBLE (2012-2016): Analysis and synthesis of theatrical gestures
  • INTERACT (2012-2016): Gestural interaction through expressive conducting gestures
  • ICCASS (2006-2010): Control and animation of a virtual percusionist
  • COST-287 (2003-2007): Gesture control of audionumerical systems
  • HuGEx (2003-2007): Humanoid endowed with Expressive Gestures

PhD Students

  • Lucie Naert started her PhD in October 2016, with co-advisor Caroline Larboulette.
  • ClĂ©ment Reverdy started his PhD in October 2014, with co-advisor Caroline Larboulette.
  • Lei Chen started her PhD in October 2012, with co-advisor Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University.
  • Pamela Carreno-Medrano defended her PhD in November 2016, with co-advisor Pierre-Francois Marteau.
  • Thibaut Le Naour defended his PhD in December 2013, with co-advisor Nicolas Courty.
  • Kyle Duarte defended his PhD in June 2012.
  • Charly Awad defended his PhD in February 2011, with co-advisor Nicolas Courty.
  • Alexandre Bouenard defended his PhD in December 2009, with co-advisor Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University.
  • Alexis Héloir defended his PhD in January 2008, with co-advisors Nicolas Courty and Franck Multon (MIMETIC-INRIA),
  • Matthieu Aubry defended his PhD in July 2009, University Bretagne Ouest, with co-advisors Frédéric Julliard and Pierre de Loor.
  • Frédéric Julliard defended his PhD at LIMSI in January 2001, with co-director Joseph Mariani, University of Paris Sud .
  • Thierry Lebourque defended his PhD at LIMSI in July 1998, with co-director Gerard Ligozat, University of Paris Sud.

Short CV


  • July 2002: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, University Bretagne Sud
  • 1987: Ph.D. degree at Institute Polytechnique of Grenoble (INPG), IMAG
  • 1984: Master Research degree at University of Bordeaux
  • 1984: Engineer diploma at ENSEIRB, after mathematics preparatory classes, Bordeaux

Professional Positions

  • 2009 to 2012: Head of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Department, University Bretagne Sud
  • 2007 to 2009: delegate researcher at INRIA, Rennes
  • from 2003: Professor in Computer Science at University Bretagne Sud
  • 2000 to 2003: Associate Professor in Computer Science at University Bretagne Sud
  • 1992 to 2000: Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Paris Sud, Orsay, LIMSI-CNRS, France
  • 1991 to 1992: Assistant Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
  • 1989 to 1991: Post-doctorate at UCSD (University of California, San Diego), Computer Music Experiment lab.
  • 1988 to 1989: Post-doctorate at University of Geneva, Cognitive Science lab.,Switzerland

Local scientific leadership

  • Scientific lead of Gesture axis, Expression team, IRISA, from 2012
  • Scientific lead of Equipage-SAMSARA team, VALORIA, Vannes, 2001-2012
  • Scientific lead of Gesture team, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, 1993-1999