Moojan Ghafurian

Moojan Ghafurian

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Moojan Ghafurian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and Co-director of the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL). Prior to joining SYDE, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2020-2023) and the Inaugural Wes Graham postdoctoral fellow at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science (2018-2020) at the University of Waterloo. She got her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017, and her research interests and background are in human-computer/robot interaction, social robotics, affective computing, and cognitive science. Her research explores computational models of how humans interact with computers to inform user-centered design of socially and emotionally intelligent technologies in multiple domains, especially in healthcare and for supporting older adults, persons with dementia, and caregivers. She has published at multiple venues such as the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, International Journal of Social Robotics, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). Her work has been mentioned in different media, such as ACM TechNews, Semiconductor Engineering, CTV Kitchener, TNW, Penn State news, EurekAlert (AAAS), ScienceDaily, and University of Waterloo News.


Research Interests

  • Human-Computer\/Robot Interaction
  • Affective Computing
  • Social Robotics
  • Assistive Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science
  • Human Factors

Application Areas

  • Aging
  • Data Science
  • Mental Health
  • Social Robotics

Technology Areas

  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Robotics
  • Therapeutics

Discipline Areas

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Robotics