Kerstin Dautenhahn

Professor, Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics

Contact InformationKerstin Dautenhahn

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31455
Location: E5 5027


Biography Summary

Since August 2018 Kerstin Dautenhahn is Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is currently establishing the new Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory. Additionally, she is affiliated with the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, as Professor of Artificial Intelligence, where she had been a founder and coordinator of the Adaptive Systems Research Group since 2000 until her taking up the post at University of Waterloo. Main areas of her research are Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents and Artificial Life. She is Editor in Chief (jointly with Prof. Angelo Cangelosi - University of Manchester, UK) of the Journal Interaction Studies- Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems published by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Editorial Board Member of Adaptive Behavior, Sage Publications, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, published by Springer, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (previously IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development), and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. She is an Editor of the book series Advances in Interaction Studies, published by John Benjamins Publishing Company. Prof. Dautenhahn is on the Advisory Board of the journal AI and Society (Springer). She is a IEEE Fellow, member of ACM, and a Lifelong Fellow of AISB, as well as a member of the Executive Board of the International Foundation for Responsible Robotics. She is also a member of the Steering Group of the Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems EPSRC-funded Network, coordinated by Prof. Michael Fisher, Liverpool, UK. Since 2006 she has been part of the Standing Steering Committee of the IEEE conference RO-MAN (Human and Robot Interactive Communication).

Research Interests

  • Human-robot Interaction
  • Social Robotics
  • Robot-Assisted Therapy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Life


  • 1993, Other, Natural Sciences, University of Bielefeld
  • 1990, Other, Biology, University of Bielefeld

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Wood, Luke Jai and Robins, Ben and Lakatos, Gabriella and Syrdal, Dag Sverre and Zaraki, Abolfazl and Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Developing a protocol and experimental setup for using a humanoid robot to assist children with autism develop visual perspective taking skills, Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics
  • Luke J. Wood, Abolfazl Zaraki, Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Developing Kaspar: A humanoid robot for children with autism, International Journal for Social Robotics
  • Rossi, Alessandra and Dautenhahn, Kerstin and Koay, Kheng Lee and Walters, Michael L, The impact of people's personal dispositions and personalities on their trust of robots in an emergency scenario, Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 9(1), 137 - 154
  • Wood, Luke Jai and Lehmann, Hagen and Dautenhahn, Kerstin and Robins, Ben and Rainer, Austen and Syrdal, Dag Sverre, Robot-mediated interviews with children, Interaction Studies, 17(3), 2017, 438 - 460
  • Saunders, Joe and Syrdal, Dag Sverre and Koay, Kheng Lee and Burke, Nathan and Dautenhahn, Kerstin, "Teach Me--Show Me" End-User Personalization of a Smart Home and Companion Robot, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 46(1), 2016, 27 - 40
  • Costa, Sandra and Lehmann, Hagen and Dautenhahn, Kerstin and Robins, Ben and Soares, Filomena, Using a humanoid robot to elicit body awareness and appropriate physical interaction in children with autism, International journal of social robotics, 7(2), 2015, 265 - 278
  • Syrdal, Dag Sverre and Dautenhahn, Kerstin and Koay, Kheng Lee and Ho, Wan Ching, Views from within a narrative: Evaluating long-term human--robot interaction in a naturalistic environment using open-ended scenarios, Cognitive computation, 6(4), 2014, 741 - 759
  • Salem, Maha and Dautenhahn, Kerstin (Editors), Social Signal Processing in Social Robotics, Burgoon, J. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N. and Pantic, M. and Vinciarelli, A., Cambridge University Press 2017 , 328 pages