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 has been Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She has a joint appointment with the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Engineering and is cross-appointed with the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo. She is director of Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL). The main areas of her research are Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Assistive Technology 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, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (previously IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development). 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. 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, Dr. rer. nat., Natural Sciences, University of Bielefeld
  • 1990, Diploma, Biology, University of Bielefeld


  • ECE 750 - Special Topics in Computer Software
    • Taught in 2019
  • SYDE 750 - Topics in Systems Modelling
    • Taught in 2019
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Gabriella Lakatos, Luke J. Wood, Dag S. Syrdal, Ben Robins, Abolfazl Zaraki and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2020) Robot-mediated intervention can assist children with ASD to develop visual perspective taking skills. Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Special Issue on Robots and Autism: Conceptualization, Technology, and Methodology (Accepted in 2020)
  • Rossi, S., Rossi, A., Dautenhahn, K., The Secret Life of Robots: Perspectives and Challenges for a Robot's Behaviours During Non-Interactive Tasks, International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Foerster F., Dautenhahn K., Nehaniv C. L., Towards Scalable Measures of Quality of Interaction: Motor Interference, ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
  • Zaraki A., Khamassi M., Wood L. J., Lakatos G., Tzafestas C., Amirabdollahian F., Robins B., Dautenhahn K., A novel reinforcement –based paradigm for children to eacah the humanoid Kaspar robot, International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Chanseau A., Dautenhahn K., Koay K. L., Walters M. L., Lakatos G., Salem M., How does peoples’ perception of control depend on the criticality of a task performed by a robot, in Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics
  • Syrdal D. S., Dautenhahn K., Robins B., Karakosta E., Cannon Jones N., Kaspar in the wild: Experiences from deploying a humanoid robot in a school for children with autism, Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics
  • Wood L. J., Dautenhahn K., Rainer A., Robins B., Lehmann H., Syrdal D. S., Robot-Mediated interviews: A field trial with a potential real world user, Interaction Studies, 21(2), 2020, 243 - 267
  • Karakosta E., Dautenhahn K., Syrdal D. S., Wood L. J., Robins B., Using the humanoid robot Kaspar in a Greek school environment to support children with Autism Spectrum Condition, Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 10, 2019, 298 - 317
  • 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
  • Kheng Lee Koay, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Michael L. Walters, A narrative approach to human-robot interaction prototyping for companion robots, Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral 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
  • Syrdal D. S., Koay K. L., Dautenhahn K., Walters M. L., A narrative approach to human-robot interaction prototyping for companion robots, Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics
  • 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
  • Pourya Aliasghari, Kerstin Dautenhahn, and Chrystopher L. Nehaniv (2020) Simulations on Herding a Flock of Birds Away from an Aircraft using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, ALIFE 2020: The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life, MIT Press, pp. 626-635. (Accepted in 2020)
  • Alessandra Rossi, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Kheng Lee Koay, Michael Leonard Walters (2020) How Social Robots Influence People's Trust in Critical Situations. Proc. IEEE RO-MAN 2020, 31 August- 4th September, Naples, Italy (Accepted in 2020)
  • Salem, Maha and Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Social Signal Processing in Social Robotics, Social Signal Processing, Burgoon, J. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N. and Pantic, M. and Vinciarelli, A., , 328 manuscript pages

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