Prof. Helen Hastie

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Helen Hastie is a Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. She specialises in Multimodal interfaces and Human-Robot Interaction, in particular spoken dialogue systems and personal assistants for remote robots and autonomous systems, for a number for domains including defence and the energy sector. 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.  She has international experience in both academia and industry, having worked at AT&T Research Labs, NJ, USA and Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA, where she obtained a number of patents. 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 90 papers and was a founding member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

Research keywords: 
Human-robot interaction including affective computing and spoken dialogue systems. Interaction for autonomous vehicles.

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Miruna-Adriana Clinciu Explainable AI via Bayesian Learning
Boris Mocialov HRI with Limited Knowledge using Sign Language