Helen is a full Professor in the Computer Science department in the School of MACS (Mathematical and Computer Sciences) at Heriot Watt University. She is the Director Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS) and Academic Co-Lead for the National Robotarium. She is PI on the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme Node in Trust and the EPSRC HUME Prosperity Partnership. She is affiliated with the Interaction Lab, the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, the HWU HRI Lab. She is interested in human-robot interaction and natural language interfaces, in particular the best way to communicate with remote autonomous systems and robots in hazardous environments including aspects of trust, transparency, situation awareness and cognitive load.
In 2017, she received a Senior Resarch Fellowship from the Royal Society of Engineering/Leverhulme. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy.
For current and previous research projects, see here.