Organizers and Program Committee

  • Cristina Zaga (University of Twente) is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group at University of Twente. Her research interests include human-robot interaction design, embodied interaction design and social science research. In her PhD, she focuses on the design and evaluation of robot nonverbal communication for child-robot cooperative interactions. Together with dr. Manja Lohse she is the founder of the Child-Robot Interaction workshops series.
  • Vicky Charisi (University of Twente) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group at University of Twente. Her research interests include developmental aspects of child-robot interaction in formal and informal settings, educational robotics, evaluation methods and children’s perspectives and attitudes towards robots and ethics for CRI. Currently her focus lies on child-robot collaboration in shared physical workspaces and creative activities.
  • Bob Schadenberg (University of Twente) is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group at University of Twente. His research interests include human-robot interaction design, cognitive psychology, and psychometrics. In his PhD,  he focuses on the design and evaluation of robot behaviors for autistic children. His work is part of the EU Horizon 2020 project DE-ENIGMA.
  • Dennis Reidsma (University of Twente) is Assistant Professor at the Human Media Interaction group and Lecturer at the Creative Technology curriculum at the University of Twente. His research  focus on computational entertainment and interactive playgrounds. Currently, he is working on EASEL (EU FP7 Project) to explore and develop a theoretical understanding of child-robot symbiotic interaction (HRSI).
  • Mark Neerincx  (TNO / Delft University of Technology) is full professor in Human-Centered Computing at the Delft University of Technology, and principal scientist at TNO Perceptual and Cognitive Systems. He has extensive experience in fundamental and applied research on HRI, among other things in the domains of health, work and security (e.g., in the Horizon2020 project PAL, Personal Assistant for healthy Lifestyle)
  • Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield) is the director of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. His research interest lays within the areas of computational cognitive neuroscience and bio-inspired robotics. A particular focus is on the investigation of biomimetic and biohybrid systems: an example of the former would be an animal-like or humanoid robot, of the latter a human-machine interface. Current research is directed towards (i) social cognition for humanoid robots, including the possibility of “robot selves”; (ii) active touch sensing for attention and orienting; (iii) assistive and field robotic technologies; (iv) haptic interfaces for sensory augmentation; and (v) societal and ethical issues in technology.
  • Michael Zillich (Technical University of Vienna) is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of robot vision at ACIN / TU Wien. He is currently coordinating EU project SQUIRREL, focused on multi-party child-robot interaction in a crowded environment. Michael Zillich is (co)-author of 90 publications and served on the program committees of a number of international conferences and as reviewer for international journals. In 2013, together with ACIN colleague Walter Wohlkinger, he founded Blue Danube Robotics, a company dedicated to safe human robot collaboration in industrial and home environments.
  • Paul Verschure (University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra) is a research professor with the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA) and director of the laboratory of Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He is a consultant for the European Commission regarding the integration of Neuroinformatics in the 5th-6th and 7th FP and a referee for Science, Nature, Royal Society London, Trends in Neuroscience, IEEE neural networks, PLoS Computational Biology and PLoS ONE. His scientific aim is to find a unified theory of mind, brain and body through the use of synthetic methods and to apply such a theory to the development of novel technologies and quality of life enhancing applications.
  • Vanessa Evers (University of Twente) is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Twente Human Media Interaction group and Director of the Design Lab for multidisciplinary research. Her research interests focus on interaction with intelligent and autonomous systems such as robots or machine learning systems as well as cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. Vanessa is an editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics, she is co-chair of the ACM International Human Robot Interaction Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the Human Robot Interaction Journal.


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