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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:

Biography

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 2019

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
File
Human robot interaction
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Simulators
Robots
Industry

Corpus of Multimodal Interaction for Collaborative Planning

Katsakioris, M., Laskov, A., Konstas, I. & Hastie, H., 6 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the Combined Workshop on Spatial Language Understanding (SpLU) and Grounded Communication for Robotics (RoboNLP). Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 1-6 6 p.

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

Open Access
File
Feedback
Planning

Exploring Interaction with Remote Autonomous Systems using Conversational Agents

Robb, D. A., Lopes, J., Padilla, S., Laskov, A., Garcia, F. J. C., Liu, X., Scharff Willners, J., Valeyrie, N., Lohan, K., Lane, D., Patron, P., Petillot, Y., Chantler, M. J. & Hastie, H., 18 Jun 2019, DIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. ACM, p. 1543-1556 14 p.

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

Open Access
File
Robots
Offshore wind turbines
Transparency
Engineers
User centered design

Towards a Conversational Agent for Remote Robot-Human Teaming

Lopes, J., Robb, D. A., Ahmad, M., Liu, X., Lohan, K. & Hastie, H., 25 Mar 2019, 2019 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). IEEE, p. 548-549 2 p. (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)).

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

Open Access
File
Robots

A Natural Language Interface with Relayed Acoustic Communications for Improved Command and Control of AUVs

Robb, D., Scharff Willners, J., Valeyrie, N., Garcia, F. J. C., Laskov, A., Liu, X., Patron, P., Hastie, H. & Petillot, Y., 5 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) 2018 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium. IEEE

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

Autonomous underwater vehicles
Acoustics
Communication
Remote control
Bandwidth

Prizes

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)

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