Sylvie Gibet

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

Tel: (+33)297017208
E-Mail: sylvie.gibet @
Office Hours: Email only

Research Interests

My main research interests cover analysis and synthesis of expressive gesture, i.e. gesture combining meaning, style, and expressiveness. I contributed over the years to the modeling of sign language gestures applied to signing avatars. I more specifically address motion segmentation, annotation and editing, and synthesis through machine learning. I have been recently addressing the issue of gestural interaction in performing arts such as pantomime, musical expression, and 3D visualization.

Keywords: Gesture, Semantics, Expressiveness, Motion Indexing, Classification, Synthesis, Sign Language, Musical Gesture, Physical Theater


  • Functional programming (Licence)
  • Signal Processing (Master 1)
  • Computer Animation (Master 2)
  • Motion Capture Processing (Master 2)

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): Control of Audionumerical Systems
  • HuGEx (2003-2007): Humanoid Endowed with Expressive gestures

PhD Students

  • ClĂ©ment Reverdy, started his PhD in October 2014, with co-advisors Caroline Larboulette and Vincent Barreaud.
  • Lei Chen, started her PhD in October 2012, with co-advisor Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University.
  • Pamela Carreno-Medrano, started her PhD in October 2012, 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, University Paris Sud in January 2001.
  • Thierry Lebourque, defended his PhD at LIMSI, University Paris Sud in July 1998.

Short CV


  • July 2002: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, University Bretagne Sud
  • 1987: Ph.D. degree at Institute Polytechnique of Grenoble (INPG), IMAG, under the direction of P. Jorrand and C. Cadoz
  • 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 Seaside team, IRISA, 2010-2012
  • Scientific lead of Samsara team, VALORIA, 2004-2010
  • Scientific lead of Equipage team, VALORIA, 2001-2004