Develop and evaluate new methods for advanced conversational interaction with robots.
I am a researcher in Conversational AI passionate about helping people. My interests revolve around the use of conversational systems for good, e.g. in mental health, disabilities, and the care for the elderly in rapidly ageing modern societies.
I have recently started a PhD programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics which is in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
Currently I am also a member of the Heriot-Watt University team involved in a European research project called SPRING (Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare). The overall objective of this project is to develop Socially Assistive Robots with the capacity of performing multi-person interactions and open-domain dialogue and validate them based on the needs of gerontological healthcare.