Dr Mary Ellen Foster

  • Lecturer in Computing Science (Human Computer Interaction) (School of Computing Science)
  • Associate Academic (Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology)

telephone: 0141 330 4742
email: MaryEllen.Foster@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

I joined the University of Glasgow in July 2015. From 2009 until 2015, I was a Research Fellow in the Interaction Lab in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. Before that, I worked in the Robotics and Embedded Systems Group at the Technical University of Munich and in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. I received my PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2007.

Personal site: http://maryellenfoster.uk/

Research interests

My main research goal is to build artificial characters---mainly robots---that people can interact with using natural, face-to-face conversation. Supporting this sort of interaction means that a robot must be able both to produce a wide range of appropriate social signals (speech, facial expressions, body language, gestures) and to understand the social signals produced by its conversational partners. To make this possible, we must (1) observe the signals used by humans in a range of situations, (2) build models of those behaviours that can be used by a robot for both input processing and output generation, and then (3) test how well the models perform when the robot must interact with humans.

Grants

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • JOOSE2: Java and Object-Oriented Software Engineering

Other Roles

  • Level 2 Class Head

Publications

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Number of items: 15.

2016

Foster, M. E. and Petrick, R. P.A. (2016) Separating representation, reasoning, and implementation for interaction management: Lessons from automated planning. In: Jokinen, K. and Wilcock, G. (eds.) Dialogues with Social Robots: Enablements, Analyses, and Evaluation. Series: Lecture notes in electrical engineering (427). Springer, pp. 93-107. ISBN 9789811025846

Petrick, R. P.A. and Foster, M. E. (2016) Using General-Purpose Planning for Action Selection in Human-Robot Interaction. In: AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI 2016), Arlington, VA, USA, 17-19 Nov 2016, pp. 71-74.

Foster, M. E. , Alami, R., Gestranius, O., Lemon, O., Niemelä, M., Odobez, J.-M. and Pandey, A. K. (2016) The MuMMER Project: Engaging Human-Robot Interaction in Real-World Public Spaces. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016), Kansas City, USA, 01-03 Nov 2016, pp. 753-763. ISBN 9783319474366 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47437-3_74)

Hastie, H., Lim, M. Y., Janarthanam, S., Deshmukh, A., Aylett, R., Foster, M. E. and Hall, L. (2016) I Remember You! How Memory Can Have a Perceived Negative Effect on an Empathic Virtual Robotic Tutor. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2016), Singapore, 09-13 May 2016, pp. 931-939. ISBN 9781450342391

Petrick, R. P. A. and Foster, M. E. (2016) Action Selection for Interaction Management: Opportunities and Lessons for Automated Planning. In: 33rd Workshop of the UK Planning & Scheduling Special Interest Group (PlanSIG 2016), Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 Feb 2016,

Foster, M. E. and Petrick, R. P. A. (2016) Separating Representation, Reasoning, and Implementation for Interaction Management. In: International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS2016), Saariselkä, Finland, 13-16 Jan 2016,

2015

Foster, M. E. , Deshmukh, A., Janarthanam, S., Lim, M. Y., Hastie, H. and Aylett, R. (2015) How Does Affective Robot Feedback Influence Learner Experience in a Real-World Treasure Hunt? In: WONDER 2015: The First International Workshop on Educational Robots, Paris, France, 26 Oct 2015, (Unpublished)

Foster, M. E. (2015) Natural Face-to-Face Conversation with Socially Intelligent Robots. In: Proceedings of the IROS 2015 Workshop on Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics, Hamburg, Germany, 28 Sep - 02 Oct 2015,

Janarthanam, S., Hastie, H., Deshmukh, A., Aylett, R. and Foster, M. E. (2015) A Reusable Interaction Management Module: Use case for Empathic Robotic Tutoring. In: SemDial 2015 - goDIAL: 19th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Gothenburg, Sweden, 24-26 Aug 2015, pp. 189-190.

Deshmukh, A. et al. (2015) An Empathic Robotic Tutor in a Map Application. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Demos (AAMAS 2015), Istanbul, Turkey, 04-08 May 2015, pp. 1923-1924.

Deshmukh, A., Jones, A., Janarthanam, S., Foster, M. E. , Ribeiro, T., Corrigan, L. J., Aylett, R., Paiva, A., Papadopoulos, F. and Castellano, G. (2015) Empathic Robot Tutors - Map Guide. In: Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Extended Abstracts (HRI'15), Portland, OR, USA, 02-05 Mar 2015, p. 311. ISBN 9781450333184 (doi:10.1145/2701973.2702693)

2014

Keizer, S., Foster, M. E. , Wang, Z. and Lemon, O. (2014) Machine learning for social multiparty human-robot interaction. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems, 4(3), 14. (doi:10.1145/2600021)

Bard, E. G., Hill, R. L., Foster, M. E. and Arai, M. (2014) Tuning accessibility of referring expressions in situated dialogue. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(8), pp. 928-949. (doi:10.1080/23273798.2014.895845)

Foster, M. E. (2014) Validating Attention Classifiers for Multi-Party Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the HRI 2014 Workshop on Attention Models in Robotics, Bielefeld, Germany, 03 Mar 2014.

Foster, M. E. , Giuliani, M. and Isard, A. (2014) Task-based evaluation of context-sensitive referring expressions in human-robot dialogue. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(8), pp. 1018-1034. (doi:10.1080/01690965.2013.855802)

This list was generated on Tue May 23 07:49:05 2017 BST.
Number of items: 15.

Articles

Keizer, S., Foster, M. E. , Wang, Z. and Lemon, O. (2014) Machine learning for social multiparty human-robot interaction. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems, 4(3), 14. (doi:10.1145/2600021)

Bard, E. G., Hill, R. L., Foster, M. E. and Arai, M. (2014) Tuning accessibility of referring expressions in situated dialogue. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(8), pp. 928-949. (doi:10.1080/23273798.2014.895845)

Foster, M. E. , Giuliani, M. and Isard, A. (2014) Task-based evaluation of context-sensitive referring expressions in human-robot dialogue. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(8), pp. 1018-1034. (doi:10.1080/01690965.2013.855802)

Book Sections

Foster, M. E. and Petrick, R. P.A. (2016) Separating representation, reasoning, and implementation for interaction management: Lessons from automated planning. In: Jokinen, K. and Wilcock, G. (eds.) Dialogues with Social Robots: Enablements, Analyses, and Evaluation. Series: Lecture notes in electrical engineering (427). Springer, pp. 93-107. ISBN 9789811025846

Conference or Workshop Item

Foster, M. E. (2014) Validating Attention Classifiers for Multi-Party Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the HRI 2014 Workshop on Attention Models in Robotics, Bielefeld, Germany, 03 Mar 2014.

Conference Proceedings

Petrick, R. P.A. and Foster, M. E. (2016) Using General-Purpose Planning for Action Selection in Human-Robot Interaction. In: AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI 2016), Arlington, VA, USA, 17-19 Nov 2016, pp. 71-74.

Foster, M. E. , Alami, R., Gestranius, O., Lemon, O., Niemelä, M., Odobez, J.-M. and Pandey, A. K. (2016) The MuMMER Project: Engaging Human-Robot Interaction in Real-World Public Spaces. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016), Kansas City, USA, 01-03 Nov 2016, pp. 753-763. ISBN 9783319474366 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47437-3_74)

Hastie, H., Lim, M. Y., Janarthanam, S., Deshmukh, A., Aylett, R., Foster, M. E. and Hall, L. (2016) I Remember You! How Memory Can Have a Perceived Negative Effect on an Empathic Virtual Robotic Tutor. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2016), Singapore, 09-13 May 2016, pp. 931-939. ISBN 9781450342391

Petrick, R. P. A. and Foster, M. E. (2016) Action Selection for Interaction Management: Opportunities and Lessons for Automated Planning. In: 33rd Workshop of the UK Planning & Scheduling Special Interest Group (PlanSIG 2016), Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 Feb 2016,

Foster, M. E. and Petrick, R. P. A. (2016) Separating Representation, Reasoning, and Implementation for Interaction Management. In: International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS2016), Saariselkä, Finland, 13-16 Jan 2016,

Foster, M. E. , Deshmukh, A., Janarthanam, S., Lim, M. Y., Hastie, H. and Aylett, R. (2015) How Does Affective Robot Feedback Influence Learner Experience in a Real-World Treasure Hunt? In: WONDER 2015: The First International Workshop on Educational Robots, Paris, France, 26 Oct 2015, (Unpublished)

Foster, M. E. (2015) Natural Face-to-Face Conversation with Socially Intelligent Robots. In: Proceedings of the IROS 2015 Workshop on Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics, Hamburg, Germany, 28 Sep - 02 Oct 2015,

Janarthanam, S., Hastie, H., Deshmukh, A., Aylett, R. and Foster, M. E. (2015) A Reusable Interaction Management Module: Use case for Empathic Robotic Tutoring. In: SemDial 2015 - goDIAL: 19th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Gothenburg, Sweden, 24-26 Aug 2015, pp. 189-190.

Deshmukh, A. et al. (2015) An Empathic Robotic Tutor in a Map Application. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Demos (AAMAS 2015), Istanbul, Turkey, 04-08 May 2015, pp. 1923-1924.

Deshmukh, A., Jones, A., Janarthanam, S., Foster, M. E. , Ribeiro, T., Corrigan, L. J., Aylett, R., Paiva, A., Papadopoulos, F. and Castellano, G. (2015) Empathic Robot Tutors - Map Guide. In: Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Extended Abstracts (HRI'15), Portland, OR, USA, 02-05 Mar 2015, p. 311. ISBN 9781450333184 (doi:10.1145/2701973.2702693)

This list was generated on Tue May 23 07:49:05 2017 BST.