Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Professor, Director

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 Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. In 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.

Chrystopher Nehaniv

Chrystopher L. Nehaniv

Professor, Co-Director

Chrystopher Nehaniv is a Mathematician, Computer Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Researcher, and, since August 2018, Full Professor in the Departments of Systems Design Engineering and of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is also affiliated with the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, where he served as Director of the Centre for Computer Science & Informatics Research prior to coming to Canada, leading research in the Algorithms, Adaptive Systems, and Wolfson Royal Society Biocomputation Research Groups there as Professor of Mathematical and Evolutionary Computer Sciences.

Moojan Ghafurian

Moojan Ghafurian

Research Assistant Professor

Prior to joining SIRRL in 2020, Moojan Ghafurian was the Inaugural Wes Graham postdoctoral fellow at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. She got her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, and her interests and background are in human-computer/robot interaction, artificial intelligence, affective computing, and cognitive science.

Alexander Aroyo

Alexander M. Aroyo

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab Manager

My research interest is to endow humanoid robots with the capability of complex social interactions with humans. Moreover, I study how trust towards robots evolves in time and investigate how overtrusting them could lead to social engineering. I am also interested in the domain of space robotics.

Ali Ayub

Ali Ayub

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research goal is to develop autonomous robots that can assist people in their daily lives. Towards this goal, I develop cognitively-inspired computational models that can allow robots to continually adapt over their lifetime.

Shruti Chandra

Shruti Chandra

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research goal is to develop social robots for well-being. In my PhD, I worked on a project to enhance children’s handwriting with help of a social robot. This research contributed to education, pedagogy, interaction design and social robotics.

Pourya Aliasghari

Pourya Aliasghari

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. My research interests are mostly in the area of developing social and intelligent robots.

Mahsa Golchoubian

Mahsa Golchoubian

PhD Student

I am a PhD student at the System Design Engineering Department in both SIRRL and SHEVS Lab. The focus of my research is on socially compliant mobile robots that can navigate in pedestrian-rich environments.

Austin Kothig

Austin Kothig

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in the Department of Systems Design Engineering. My research relates to creating engaging human-robot interaction through quantifying and optimizing the embodiment of the iCub humanoid robot.

Ali Noormohammadi Asl

Ali Noormohammadi Asl

PhD Student

My research interests are in the area of machine learning, control, and robotics. Now, I am working on planning and decision making in human-robot interaction.

Samira Rasouli

Samira Rasouli

PhD Student

I am a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. I'm interested in applying intelligent assistive technologies to health issues.

Elaheh Sanoubari

Elaheh (Ellie) Sanoubari

PhD Student

I am a PhD candidate in Systems Design Engineering Department. In my research I am borrowing from dramaturgy to design social robotic systems that can be used for fostering anti-bullying peer-support between children. I am also a Student Researcher at Robotics, Google Brian. 

Sahand Shaghaghi

Sahand Shaghaghi

PhD Student

My research focuses on the creation of visual capabilities for robotic platforms. Previously I have investigated anthropomorphic visual systems. Currently, I am exploring cognitive architectures that could enable robotic platforms with making memory informed vision-dominant decisions.

Negin Azizi

Negin Azizi

MASc Student

I am a master’s student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. My research focuses on using robots as assistive tools for children with special needs.

Kevin Fan

Kevin Fan

MASc Student

I am a MASc student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am interested in exploring cognitive architecture, memory reconstruction/retrieval, and adaptive behaviours in assistive robots.

Delara Forghani

Delara Forghani

MASc Student

I am a MASc student in the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering at the University of Waterloo. I am interested in working on cognitive architectures, and robot behaviour adaptation in human-robot interaction. I am especially interested in contextual memory and memory visualization.

Steven Lawrence

Steven Lawrence

MASc Student

I am a MMath student in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science program at UWaterloo. My research interests revolve around Cognitive Architectures pertaining to the learnability of social robots.

Ali Yamini

Ali Yamini

MASc Student

I am a MASc student (Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence) in the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering at the University of Waterloo. I will be working on ML techniques for speech and language therapy.

Victoria Yang

Victoria Yang

MASc Student

Victoria started her MASc in Mechatronics Engineering in Spring 2022, co-supervised by Kerstin Dautenhahn (SIRRL) and Yue Hu (A.I.R Lab), researching in the field of social human-robot interactions (HRI), more specifically in child HRI.

Dario Pasquali

Dario Pasquali

Visiting Researcher

I'm a PhD Student at the RBCS & ICT departments of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy). I study new defensive systems against Social Engineering attacks (traditional and from robots) including humans' perception and physiological features in the loop.

Zach

Zachary De Francesco

Undergraduate Researcher
I am a third-year Mechatronics Engineering undergraduate student.  During my co-op at SIRRL, I will be focused on developing a model to allow social robots to learn norms based on their surroundings and their users' preferences.

Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Undergraduate Researcher

At the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL), my work is focused on conducting literature reviews on medical issues and psychological disorders.

Kate

Kate Harvey

Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate research assistant at the SIRRL and I will be primarily working on a project to design a system for monitoring people's health through smart home devices using a social robot. I will also be working on a project using the NAO robot for developing a program to assist with scheduling and managing daily tasks for persons with dementia.

Jinghao Lei

Jinghao Lei

Undergraduate Researcher

I am a 3rd-year Computer Engineering student working as an undergraduate research assistant at SIRRL with Postdoctoral Fellow Ali Ayub. My research focus is to experiment and benchmark cognitively-inspired few-shot incremental learning models.

Jule

Jule Margarete Korner

Undergraduate Researcher

I am a bachelor's student in Cognitive Science. During my research internship at SIRRL, I am working on developing an interaction with the Furhat robot to improve and track people's mental well-being in isolation.

Isha Sharma

Isha Sharma

Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate research assistant at SIRRL working on the HRI PhysioLib project. My work involves further developing and expanding the framework to interface various physiological signals with robotic platforms.