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Research interests

I am interested in how new technologies might influence the social and cognitive development of children, especially children with developmental disorders like autism.



I graduated with undergraduate and masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, followed by a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nottingham. I was an ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and then a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. I joined Heriot-Watt University in 2012 as a Reader.

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Research Output 2000 2018

Robot-assisted Social Skill Training for Adults with ASD

Broz, F., Ghosh, A., Keller, I., McKenna, P. E., Rajendran, G. & Aylett, R. Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Human robot interaction
Open Access
Open Access
Eye Movements
Cluster Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do you think I approve of that? Designing facial expressions for a robot

McKenna, P. E., Lim, M. Y., Ghosh, A., Aylett, R., Broz, F. & Rajendran, G. 24 Oct 2017 Social Robotics : ICSR 2017. Springer, p. 188-197 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; vol. 10652)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Evaluating Robot Facial Expressions

Aylett, R., Broz, F., Ghosh, A., McKenna, P. E., Rajendran, G., Foster, M. E., Roffo, G. & Vinciarelli, A. 13 Nov 2017 Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI). ACM, p. 516-517

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Radio frequency identification (RFID)

Activities 2012 2016

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of committee

Wellcome Trust (External organisation)

Rajendran, G. (Member)
17 Jun 201518 Jun 2015

Activity: Membership of committee

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2008

Rajendran, G. (Participant)
14 Apr 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014

Rajendran, G. (Participant)
10 Apr 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media