Jeffrey F. Cohn, PhD

University of Pittsburgh
4327 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Jeffrey Cohn is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.   He leads interdisciplinary and inter-institutional efforts to develop advanced methods of automatic analysis and synthesis of facial expression and prosody; and applies those tools to research in human emotion, social development, non-verbal communication, psychopathology, and biomedicine. His research has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Autism Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency among other sponsors.

He has co-chaired the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2017, FG2015, and FG2008), the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2009), and the International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ACM 2014). He is a co-editor of IEEE Transactions in Affective Computing (TAC) and has co-edited special issues on affective computing for the Journal of Image and Vision Computing, Pattern Recognition Letters, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems.



Pattern Recognition Letters: Special Issue on Personalized- and Context-sensitive Interfaces in the Wild (2016) PRL Special Issue

Workshop on Context-Based Affect Recognition and Affective Faces-in-the-Wild, IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Reconition. CBAR 2016

ChaLearn Looking at People and Faces-in-the-Wild Challenge and Workshop. ChaLearn 2016

1st Workshop on 3D Face Alignment in the Wild & Challenge. European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2016), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 3DFAW

Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU 2016), ACM Multimedia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HBU 2016

The 6th International Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. –AVEC 2016.

IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, Washington, DC. May 30 - June 3, 2017 FG 2017


Selected publications

Curriculum Vitae PDF DOC


3D alignment from 2D video for action unit detection (33 MB)

Dense 3D alignment in a single image (7 MB)

Mother-infant synchrony using AAM (Messinger et al., 2009) Demo7 (130 MB)

Expression cloning using AAM Demo 4 Demo 5 (large files! Please be patient)




Binghamton-Pittsburgh 4D Database (Coming Fall 2013!)

CMU MultiPie

DISFA: Denver Intensity of Spontaneous Facial Actions

UNBC Pain Archive




Performance Metrics for Imbalanced Data

Early Event Detection

Continuous Rating and Media Annotation (CARMA)

Face Analysis SDK


“Automated Facial Expression Analysis for Research and Clinical Use.” National Institute of Mental Health MH096951, 5/1/2012 to 4/30/2017.

“Modeling the Dynamics of Communication and Development.” National Institutes of Health R01 GM105004, 8/1/2013 to 7/31/2017.

"Collaborative Research: CI-ADDO-NEW: 3D Dynamic Multimodal Spontaneous Emotion Corpus for Automated Facial Behavior Analysis." National Science Foundation CNS 1205195, 9/1/2012 to 8/31/2015.


"Face De-Identification.” Federal Highway Administration. 02/01/2014 – 02/01/2015.

“Craniofacial Microsomia: Longitudinal Outcomes in Children Pre-Kindergarten (Supplement).” National Institutes of Health, 9/1/2013 to 12/30/2016.

“Collaborative Research: Learning and Sensory-Based Engagement, Arousal, and Self-Efficacy Modeling for Adaptive Web-Empowerment Trauma Treatment.” National Science Foundation, 8/16/2014 – 8/15/2018.

"Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)." US Army Research Laboratory W911NF-10-2-0016, 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2019. 

“Affective Sensing Technology for the Detection and Monitoring of Depression and Melancholia.” Australian Research Council, 1/01/2013 to 12/31/2015.

Lage Scale, Personalized, Facial Action Unit Detection for Expression Recognition. Australian Research Council, 1/1/2014 to 12/31/2016.

"Computational Behavioral Science: Modelling, Analysis, and Visualization of Social and Communicative Behavior." National Science Foundation, 8/1/2010 to 7/31/2015.

“Doctoral Consortium for the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction.” National Science Foundation, 9/1/2014 – 08/31/2015.


Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Seminar in Infant Social and Emotional Development
  • Seminar in Emotion

Recent Collaborators

Anne Burrows, Duquesne University
Fernando De la Torre, Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Ekman, University of California, San Francisco
Nathan Fox, University of Maryland
Ralph Gross, Carnegie Mellon University
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University
Patrick Lucey, Disney Research Pittsuburgh
Simon Lucey, CSIRO, Australia and Carnegie Mellon University
Mohammad Mahoor, University of Denver
Iain Matthews, Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University
Ginger Moore, Pennsylvania State University
Maja Pantic, Imperial College, UK
Daniel Messinger, University of Miami
Ken Prkachin, University of Northern British Columbia
Jason Saragih, CSIRO, Australia
Michael Sayette, University of Pittsburgh
Barry John Theobald, University of East Anglia
Lijun Yin, University of Binghamton