PEOPLE

The HRI community is a global populace consisting of research experts and practitioners from multiple fields and backgrounds. Related fields of study include robotics, human-computer interaction, human factors, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, education, entertainment, medicine, materials, and more.

Speakers and Panelists

We are in the process of finalizing an amazing lineup of speakers and panelists spanning academia, industry, government, and other research groups. Our list of speakers will be announced soon! Join the TAHRI mailing list or follow us on social media to stay updated!

Speakers and Panelists

We are excited to have an amazing lineup of speakers and panelists spanning academia, industry, government, and other research groups! Click the speaker pictures/names below to view their full bio!

Andra Keay
Silicon Valley Robotics

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Andres Milioto
Embodied, Inc.

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Brian Scassellati
Yale University

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Carolina Parada
Google DeepMind Robotics

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Casey Kennington
Boise State University

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Dan Grollman
Plus One Robotics

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Gabriel Skantze
KTH / Furhat Robotics

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

James Kennedy
Disney Research

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Katherine Tsui
Toyota Research Institute
Laura Hiatt
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mark Yim
University of Pennsylvania
Matthias Scheutz
Tufts University

Matthias Scheutz

Karol Family Applied Technology Professor

Tufts University

Matthias Scheutz is the Karol Family Applied Technology Professor of computer and cognitive science in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the HRI Laboratory and HRI Masters and PhD programs at Tufts University. He has over 400 peer-reviewed publications in artificial intelligence, artificial life, agent-based computing, natural language understanding, cognitive modeling, robotics, human-robot interaction and foundations of cognitive science. His current research focuses on complex ethical AI-enabled robots with natural language interaction, problem-solving, and instruction-based learning capabilities in open worlds.

https://hrilab.tufts.edu

Sean Andrist
Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Séverin Lemaignan
PAL Robotics

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Tesca Fitzgerald
Yale University

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Tony Belpaeme
Universiteit Gent

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

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Organizers

Franklin & Marshall College
Idiap Research Institute
Bar-Ilan University
Heriot-Watt University
University of Texas Austin

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Willie Wilson
Franklin & Marshall College

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Emmanuel Senft
Idiap Research Institute

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Reuth Mirsky
Bar-Ilan University

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

D. Hernández García
Heriot-Watt University

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Sean Andrist

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Sean Andrist is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating AI technologies that enable machines to understand and participate in the “social physics” of human interaction, such as social robots and mixed reality task assistants. He is currently working on the Platform for Situated Intelligence project, an open-source framework designed to accelerate research and development on a broad class of multimodal, integrative-AI applications. Sean received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he primarily researched effective social gaze behaviors in human-robot and human-agent interaction.

https://seanandrist.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-andrist-82309110a

Justin Hart
University of Texas Austin

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Program Committee

Below is the growing list of confirmed Program Committee members representing technological HRI research spanning academia, industry, government, and other research groups from around the globe. This list will continue to expand in the coming months.

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Full Name
Affiiliation
Alessandra Rossi
University of Naples Federico II
Amin Atrash
Amazon Lab126
Amy Loutfi
Örebro University
Bahar Irfan
KTH
Casey Kennington
Boise State University
Chinmaya Mishra
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Heriot-Watt University
University of Texas Austin
Idiap Research Institute
Fady Alnajjar
United Arab Emirates University
Felipe Meneguzzi
Aberdeen University
Gordon Briggs
Naval Research Lab
Ignacio Carlucho
Heriot-Watt University
Franklin & Marshall College
University of Texas Austin
Keya Ghonasgi
Georgia Tech
Kim Baraka
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Marc Hanheide
University of Lincoln
Maria Koskinopoulou
Heriot-Watt University
Marta Romeo
Heriot-Watt University
Masahiro Shiomi
ATR-IRC
Minsu Jang
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
Mohan Sridharan
University of Birmingham
Muneeb Imtiaz Ahmad
Swansea University
Nick DePalma
Semio Community
Paul Robinette
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Raj Korpan
Hunter College, City University of New York
Bar-Ilan University
Carnegie Mellon University
Tal Oron-Gilad
Ben Gurion University
Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee
Cornell University
Tesca Fitzgerald
Yale University
Victor Paléologue
Palaio Logic

Volunteers

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