Rachelle Palnick Tsachor

    Email Address: rtsachor@uic.edu
    College: Architecture and the Arts Department: Theatre and Music
    Title: Assistant Professor of Theatre Movement
    Office: L424 ETMSW Phone: 3196211803
    Webpage: http://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/directory/rachelle-tsachor
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Theatre Movement, Whole body movement, expression, emotions, Somatics, Movement Analysis, Movement and Learning, Non-verbal communication, Human-Machine Interactions, Automated emotion recognition, Personality and Movement.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum gpa = 3 preferred

    Organized, friendly, consistent & accurate with details
    Curious, can work independently, and also will ask questions

    Study #1: Preferred pre-requisite class: THTR 211 Body & Space or interest in kinesiology, movement, interactive design or human-computer interfaces

    Study #2: Interest in Psychology, Social Sciences, Kinesiology or Movement. Some experience with research is helpful.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The first study uses machine learning to develop automated recognition of the expression of emotions from marker-less video, using Kinect.

    The research assistant will update the data-set with new labels, match video sequences to kinect sequences and edit the kinect recordings for about 600 3-second clips.

    The research assistant may also help with some aspects of the study itself, and may have a chance to contribute to a paper that results from this work
    The second study aims to scientifically investigate the relationship between personality traits as depicted by the Five factor Model – the most commonly used model in psychology for personality assessment, and personal movement patterns as depicted by Laban Movement analysis (LMA), a commonly used tool for movement assessment.

    As part of this 2-year, multi-site study, CURA students will help at all stages, from the IRB application, study design through data organization, storage and analysis. Students primary responsibility will be to help enrollment of 60 participants, then interview, video-record them and administer a questionnaire.

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