Prof. Helen Hastie

Professor Hastie is a Professor of Human-Robot Interaction at the University of Edinburgh and Head of School of Informatics. Previously, she was the Director Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS) and Academic Co-Lead for the National Robotarium. Previous projects include UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme Node in Trust and the EPSRC HUME Prosperity Partnership. 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 Research 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.

Previously, she has worked in both academia and industry including Heriot-Watt University, The Advanced Technology Lab at Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA and AT&T Research Labs, NJ, USA.

She holds PhD from Centre of Speech Technology Research, an MS from Georgetown University and an MA from Edinburgh University.

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Research keywords: 
Human-robot interaction, spoken dialogue systems, NLG, trustworthy autonomous systems.
Human Robot Interaction
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