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
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/
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.
- JOOSE2: Java and Object-Oriented Software Engineering
- Level 2 Class Head