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Research interests

Research interests include trust and transparency for robotics and autonomous systems through natural language interaction, human-robot interaction and various disciplines of Spoken Dialogue Systems. Specifically:


Helen Hastie is a Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She is the Director of the  and has been a RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. She specialises in Human-Robot Interaction, in particular spoken dialogue, for a number for domains including health, defence and personal assistants. She was the coordinator of EC FP7 project PARLANCE on voice-enabled search and Co-I for the EC FP7 Emote project on empathic robotic tutors. Recently, she has received funding from the UK MoD for her work on explainable autonomy.  She has international experience in both academia and industry, having worked at AT&T Research Labs, NJ, USA where she obtained a number of patents, and Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA where she led the Interactive Systems group. Helen holds a PhD in Speech Recognition from the University of Edinburgh, an MS from Georgetown University and an MA from the University of Edinburgh. She has published over 80 papers and was a founding member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

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Research Output 1998 2020

Demonstration of A Social Robot for Control of Remote Autonomous Systems

Águas Lopes, J. D., Robb, D., Liu, X. & Hastie, H., 2020, 2020 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). IEEE

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


Robots in the Danger Zone: Exploring Public Perception through Engagement

Robb, D., Ahmad, M., Tiseo, C., Aracri, S., McConnell, A. C., Page, V., Dondrup, C., Garcia, F. J. C., Nguyen, H-N., Pairet Artau, È., Ardon, P., Semwal, T., Taylor, H., Wilson, L., Lane, D. M., Hastie, H. & Lohan, K. S., 8 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press). 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Artificial intelligence

A Digital Twin for Human-Robot Interaction

Pairet, È., Ardon, P., Liu, X., Lopes, J., Hastie, H. & Lohan, K. S., 25 Mar 2019, 2019 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). IEEE, p. 372-372 1 p. (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)).

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

Open Access
Human robot interaction
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

A Survey of Explainable AI Terminology

Clinciu, M. A. & Hastie, H. F., 2019, Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Interactive Natural Language Technology for Explainable Artificial Intelligence. p. 8-13

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

Challenges in Collaborative HRI for Remote Robot Teams

Hastie, H., Robb, D. A., Lopes, J. D., Ahmad, M., Le Bras, P., Liu, X., Petrick, R. P. A., Lohan, K. & Chantler, M. J., 2019, CHI2019 Workshop on The Challenges of Working on Social Robots that Collaborate with People (SIRCHI 2019).

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

Open Access


Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards 2017, Outward Looking

David Michael Lane (Recipient), Katrin Solveig Lohan (Recipient), Patricia A. Vargas (Recipient), Helen Hastie (Recipient), Frank Broz (Recipient), Sethu Vijayakumar (Recipient), Michael Hermann (Recipient), Mary Ellen Foster (Recipient), Sabine Hauert (Recipient), Micael S. Couceiro (Recipient), Lynne Baillie (Recipient), Mustafa Suphi Erden (Recipient), Iain James McEwen (Recipient), Alistair Campbell McConnell (Recipient), Robert Goodfellow (Recipient), Mauro Dragone (Recipient), Fulvio Mastrogiovanni (Recipient), Christian Dondrup (Recipient), Mei Yii Lim (Recipient), Sarah Anne Murphy (Recipient), Marta Vallejo (Recipient), Siobhan Duncan (Recipient) & Mohd Khairul Azmi Hassan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)