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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

An architecture for emotional facial expressions as social signals

Aylett, R., Ritter, C., Lim, M. Y., Broz, F., McKenna, P., Keller, I. & Rajendran, G., 19 Mar 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Affecticve Computing.

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    Experiential AI

    Hemment, D., Aylett, R., Belle, V., Murray-Rust, D., Luger, E., Hillston, J., Rovatsos, M. & Broz, F., Apr 2019, In : AI Matters. 5, 1, p. 25-31 7 p.

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  • Intersection of Poetry and Science – Energy Futures

    Corbett, P. W. M., Aylett, R. & Nic Craith, M., 7 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).

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    Cultural Social Signal Interplay with an Expressive Robot

    McKenna, P. E., Ghosh, A., Aylett, R., Broz, F. & Rajendran, G., 5 Nov 2018, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. ACM, p. 211-218 8 p.

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    Endowing a Robotic Tutor with Empathic Qualities: Design and Pilot Evaluation

    Obaid, M., Aylett, R., Barendregt, W., Basedow, C., Corrigan, L. J., Hall, L., Jones, A., Kappas, A., Kuester, D., Paiva, A., Papadopoulos, F., Serholt, S. & Castellano, G., 7 Dec 2018, In : International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. 15, 6

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