Stacy C. Marsella

Stacy Marsella

PhD, Rutgers University

Area(s) of Expertise

Computational modeling of cognition, emotion, and social behavior

Research Interests

Professor Marsella focuses his research on the computational modeling of cognition, emotion, and social behavior. He also has extensive experience applying these models to the design of virtual humans, or software entities that look human and can use spoken dialog to interact virtually with humans. The 2010 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery Autonomous Agents Research Award, he is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, a member of the board of directors of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Marsella was a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where he had a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and also served as the director of social simulation research at its Institute for Creative Technologies and co-director of the Computational Emotion Group.

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Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Marsella is a joint appointment between the College of Science and the College of Computer and Information Science.


Department of Psychology

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Not just sci-fi: professor builds virtual humans, simulators to mimic our behavior

For nearly two decades, Stacy Marsella has been studying the extent to which it’s possible to accurately simulate human behavior. His work, which sits squarely at the intersection of computer science and psychology, earned him the distinction of delivering this year’s Robert D. Klein Lecturer.

Designing hot-blooded virtual humans

Psychology professor Stacy Marsella delivers a talk at the “New Vistas in Emotion and Technology” conference.