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Research interests

I work in the overlap of AI, graphics and robotics, with a focus on autonomous synthetic characters; this has led to interests in affective computing, interactive narrative and human-robot interaction. Underlying this is work on action-selection systems: the merging of AI planning with biologically-inspired low-level systems and emergent behaviours.

Biography

I moved into computing from a degree in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics when I went to work for the then international Computers Ltd in 1977. In 1980 I moved to the micro-computing lab of University of Sheffield, and in 1983 became an academic in Computing at the then Sheffield Polytechnic. I came to Scotland for the first time in 1989 when I worked for the University of Edinburgh AI Applications Institute as a Knowledge Engineer, and followed this with a move to Advanced Robotics Research Ltd in Salford as a Senior Software Engineer. In 1992 I became a lecturer in the University of Salford IT Institute, and in 1998 moved as a Senior Lecturer to Salford’s Centre for Virtual Environments, where I became a Professor in 2000. In 2004 I moved to Heriot-Watt as a Professor of Computer Science.

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Research Output 2005 2017

robot
intention
adult
training
behavior

A Treasure Hunt With An Empathic Virtual Tutor: (Demonstration)

Lim, M. Y., Deshmukh, A., Hastie, H., Chandrasekaran Janarthanam, S., Aylett, R. & Hall, L. 2016 Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems . ACM, p. 1477-1478 2 p.

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

Application programs
Demonstrations
learning
Interaction

How Expressiveness of a Robotic Tutor is Perceived by Children in a Learning Environment

Deshmukh, A., Janarthanam, S., Hastie, H., Lim, M. Y., Aylett, R. & Castellano, G. 7 Mar 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interation. ACM, p. 423-424 2 p.

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

Robot
learning
Robots
robotics
Facial expression

I Remember You! Interaction with Memory for an Empathic Virtual Robotic Tutor

Hastie, H., Lim, M. Y., Chandrasekaran Janarthanam, S., Deshmukh, A., Aylett, R., Foster, M. E. & Hall, L. 9 May 2016 Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2016). ACM, p. 931-939 9 p.

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

robotics
Robotics
Interaction
Interaction design
Exercise

Map Reading with an Empathic Robot Tutor

Hall, L., Hume, C., Tazzyman, S., Deshmukh, A., Janarthanam, S., Hastie, H., Aylett, R., Castellano, G., Papadopoulos, F., Jones, A., Corrigan, L. J., Paiva, A., Oliveira, P. A., Ribeiro, T., Barendregt, W., Serholt, S. & Kappas, A. 7 Mar 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interation. ACM, p. 567 1 p.

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

Robots
Students
Robot
student
Scenarios