Affective Intelligence and Robotics for Well-being

Affective Intelligence and Robotics for Well-being

Computing Technologies for Healthcare - School of Computing Science
Date: Wednesday 02 February 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Venue: Zoom online
Category: Public lectures, Academic events, Student events
Speaker: Prof. Hatice Gunes

This is a special session organised on behalf of the Computing Technologies for Healthcare Theme and the Athena Swan. The session includes:

  • Research talk and Q/A (60 minutes)
  • Discussion on career progression and fellowships (30 minutes) 

Registration is required: 

Short summary of research talk: Designing artificially intelligent interfaces and robots with socio-emotional skills is a challenging task. Progress in industry and developments in academia provide us a positive outlook, however, the artificial emotional intelligence of the current technology is still limited. In this talk, I will present some of our research explorations in this area with applications to well-being, specifically in virtual reality, in work-like settings, and with/for robotic mental well-being coaching.

Biography: Hatice Gunes is a Professor of Affective Intelligence and Robotics (AFAR) and the Head of the AFAR Lab at the University of Cambridge's Department of Computer Science and Technology. Her expertise is in the areas of affective computing and social signal processing cross-fertilising research in multimodal interaction, computer vision, signal processing, machine learning and social robotics. She has published over 125 papers in these areas (h-index=35, citations > 6,300),  with  most  recent  works  on lifelong learning for facial expression recognition, fairness and affective  robotics;  and  longitudinal  HRI  for  wellbeing.  Some of her research highlights  include  RSJ/KROS  Distinguished  Interdisciplinary Research Award Finalist at IEEE RO-MAN’21, Distinguished PC  Award  at  IJCAI’21,  Best  Paper  Award  Finalist  at  IEEE RO-MAN’20, Finalist for the 2018 Frontiers Spotlight Award, Outstanding  Paper  Award  at  IEEE  FG’11,  and  Best  Demo Award at IEEE ACII’09. Prof Gunes is the former President of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC), and was the General Co-Chair of ACII’19, and the Program Co-Chair of ACM/IEEE HRI’20 and IEEE FG’17. She was a member of the Human-Robot Interaction Steering Committee (2018-2021) and was the Chair of the Steering Board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2017-2019). In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious EPSRC Fellowship as a personal grant (2019-2024) to investigate adaptive robotic emotional intelligence for well-being, and was named a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute– UK’s national centre for data science and artificial intelligence (2019-2021). Prof Gunes is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the AAAC.

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