Sylvie Gibet

Professor in Computer Science
University of 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 have mainly studied expert gestures with strong semantics such as sign language gestures, but also musical gestures such as percussing or conducting gestures, or affective theatrical movements.

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


  • Functional programming in Ocaml (Licence)
  • Algorithms and Data Structure in Python (Licence)
  • Signal Processing and Machine Learning (Master)
  • Movement and Artificial Intelligence (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

  • Tiago Brizolara da Rosa started his PhD in November 2018, with co-advisor Caroline Larboulette.
  • 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.