Prof. Thierry Pun

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Full professor, Computer Science Department and Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
Member, Swiss Academy for Engineering Sciences ( )


Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory
Computer Science Department, University of Geneva
Battelle campus, Building A
7, route de Drize
CH-1227 Carouge (Geneva), Switzerland

Postal address:
Prof. Thierry Pun
Battelle Bat. A
Rte de Drize 7
CH - 1227, Carouge (GE), Switzerland

+41(22)379 0223 (secr.)
+41(22)379 0153 (direct)
+41(22)379 0250


  • Full professor (Professeur ordinaire).


  • Applied cybernetics;
  • Human-computer interaction (affective computing and multimodal interaction part);
  • Digital image processing and synthesis;
  • Introduction to algorithms;
  • Hands-on Programming.


  • 1979-1982 : PhD student, Signal Processing Laboratory, EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (Profs. F. De Coulon and M. Kunt): I have been working on an image analysis project aiming at simplifying pictures, in order to display them on a tactile device for sight handicapped;
  • 1982-1985 :visiting fellow, NIH - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA (Prof. M. Eden): I developed methods and softwares for statistical and biomedical image analysis;
  • 1985-1986 :research fellow, CERN - European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva, Switzerland: I worked on signal and image analysis problems for particles detection;
  • 1986-1989 :assistant-professor (maĆ®tre d'enseignement et de recherche), Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland;
  • 1989-1998 :associate-professor (professeur adjoint), Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland;
  • 1998-now :full-professor (professeur ordinaire), Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Research Interests

I am currently full professor at the Computer science department, University of Geneva, in Switzerland. My original background is in signal and image processing. For the last ten years of so I have been mostly involved with affective computing and multimodal interaction, with a particular emphasis on: emotion assessment and affect in interaction, visual and motor handicap.


Supervised PhD students