Harry Griffin

Harry Griffin
Former: Research Associate

Detection of emotion and wellbeing from the human face and body, both by other humans and through wearable and remote technology. I'm currently working on the EIT-Digital High Impact Initiative: Professionals Fit to Perform, which will create innovative technical solutions for monitoring and improving the health and performance of drivers.

I'm working on an EIT-ICT High Impact Initiative: Fit to Perform, which aims to create innovative technical solutions for monitoring and improving the health and performance of drivers. This builds on my interest in the use of remote and wearable technology to monitor our emotions and wellbeing. This technology allows us to develop novel solutions for helping us to live healthier lives, which can be of particular value to people with chronic and degenerative diseases. It also serves to enhance our understanding of how we perceive and interact with each other. My previous work also included how we perceive faces and bodies in order to identify emotions, individuals and the relationships between people. These perceptions are not ends in themselves but serve to drive our actions, so I'm also interested in how different aspects of interpersonal perception affect our interactions.

Brief biography

Currently (October 2021) Evaluation Manager, Research and Monitoring Unit, Sustrans.

I received my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Experimental Psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 2001. I then worked as a research assistant at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences unit for Prof. Tony Marcel and in the Department of Experimental Psychology in Cambridge for Prof. Gregg DiGirolamo, investigating tactile and visual perception. My PhD (completed in 2006, also with Gregg) was on the visual perception of faces, with a specific focus on eye-movements and how brain injury leading to prosopagnosia might affect our ability to strategically target our eye-movements to information rich areas within a face. My first postdoctoral position was at the Institute of Neurology with Prof. Marjan Jahanshahi, during which I investigated how visual cues may help people with Parkinson's Disease improve motor function in walking and overcome freezing of gait. This work is closely linked to the fascinating phenomenon of paradoxical kinesis, here are some remarkable examples on a bike and with a football. I then moved to the Vision Research Lab at UCL to work with Prof. Alan Johnston on perception of dynamic faces. During this project we exhibited our work at the excellent Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition with our collaborators from Queen Mary, University of London. I then moved to UCLIC to work with Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze on ILHAIRE, an EU FP7 project which combined Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction techniques to integrate laughter into human-avatar interactions. The novel technologies and approaches developed by the ILHAIRE consortium were evaluated yearly at the eNTERFACE Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces and generated great interest at ICT 2013 conference in Vilnius,

Research Publications

LM McDonald, Harry Griffin, A Angeli, M Torkamani, D Georgiev, M Jahanshahi Motivational Modulation of Self-Initiated and Externally Triggered Movement Speed Induced by Threat of Shock: Experimental Evidence for Paradoxical Kinesis in Parkinson's Disease 2015 PLOS ONE, Journal article
Harry Griffin, G Varni, Lourido G Tomé, M Mancini, G Volpe, NL Bianchi-Berthouze Gesture Mimicry in Expression of Laughter 2015 Conference paper (text)
Harry Griffin, G Varni, G Volpe, GT Lourido, M Mancini, N Bianchi-Berthouze Gesture mimicry in expression of laughter 2015 Conference paper (text)
Harry Griffin, M Aung, B Romera-Paredes, C McLoughlin, G McKeown, W Curran, N Bianchi-Berthouze Perception and automatic recognition of laughter from whole-body motion: continuous and categorical perspectives 2015 IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Journal article
M Mancini, L Ach, E Bantegnie, T Baur, Nadia Berthouze, D Datta, Y Ding, S Dupont, Harry Griffin, F Lingenfelser Laugh When You're Winning 2014 Conference paper (text)
Duncan Brumby, A Tajadura-Jiménez, Toit H Du, Anna Cox, Harry Griffin Working with the television on: An investigation into media multitasking 2014 CHI EA '14: Proceedings of the Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Journal article
G McKeown, W Curran, D Kane, R McCahon, Harry Griffin, C McLoughlin, N Bianchi-Berthouze Human Perception of Laughter from Context-free Whole Body Motion Dynamic Stimuli 2013 Conference paper (text)
G McKeown, W Curran, C McLoughlin, Harry Griffin, N Bianchi-Berthouze Laughter Induction Techniques Suitable for Generating Motion Capture Data of Laughter Associated Body Movements 2013 Conference paper (text)
Harry Griffin, MSH Aung, B Romera-Paredes, G McKeown, W Curran, C McLoughlin, N Bianchi-Berthouze Laughter Type Recognition from Whole Body Motion 2013 Conference paper (text)
Harry Griffin, R Greenlaw, P Limousin, K Bhatia, NP Quinn, M Jahanshahi The effect of real and virtual visual cues on walking in Parkinson's disease. 2011 JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, Journal article
S Rahman, Harry Griffin, NP Quinn, M Jahanshahi On the nature of fear of falling in Parkinson's disease. 2011 BEHAVIOURAL NEUROLOGY, Journal article
Harry Griffin, A Johnston Gender-partitioning of face space and family resemblance 2009 PERCEPTION, Journal article
S Rahman, Harry Griffin, NP Quinn, M Jahanshahi Quality of life in Parkinson's disease: The relative importance of the symptoms 2008 Movement Disorders, Journal article
S Rahman, Harry Griffin, NP Quinn, M Jahanshahi The factors that induce or overcome freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease 2008 Behavioural Neurology, Journal article