Paul Tepper is a PhD student in the Media, Technology & Society program in the Dept. of Communication Studies. Paul’s current research is looking at the coordinated generation of language and novel iconic gestures in a direction giving scenario, for the NUMACK embodied conversational agent project. For this work he is also investigating the presence of systematicity in the form and meaning of iconic gestures through empirical investigation, along with doctors Justine Cassell and Stefan Kopp. In 2003, Paul completed an MSc in Artificial Intelligence, specializing in Human Language Technology at University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics. Previous to this, he graduated from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, with a triple major in Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Linguistics, participating in research at the Rutgers U. Center for Cognitive Science and the Village Lab. Paul’s previous research includes work in computational linguistics, natural language generation, knowledge representation and psycholinguistics. For more information see his personal homepage.