My research interests are broadly in the overlap between developmental cognitive robotics and social human-robot interaction.
There are two main themes to my research: Memory-Centered Cognition, and Human-Robot Interaction. While these may seem to be quite separate topics, I feel that in the long term, it is necessary to combine them, resulting in Social Cognitive Robots. These are both interesting and necessary for two primary applications: (1) making social robots more useful in assisting people in their daily lives, and (2) making use of cognitive robots as exploratory tools/platforms to investigate cognition and social behaviour to better understand ourselves as humans.
January 2019: With Alex Gabriel, we have published a small dataset of human actions recorded outside, as part of his research on intention recognition in HRI - with primary application to agricultural robotics. The dataset is freely available from here, with further details (you just have to request access from us).
March 2018: We had around 180 10-year-olds visit the School of Computer Science to get some experience programming robots, and in particular the robot's verbal interactivity. According to all reports, the children had a very good day, and went back to their respective schools. This event was run in conjunction with, and was supported by the Mukherjee Trust, who reported on the day.
February 2018: I am involved in the organisation of two great workshops in the next few months, which will be informative and inspirational. First is the Workshop on Social Robots in Therapy at HRI'18 (Chicago, USA), and then is Workshop on The Near Future of Children's Robotics at IDC'18 (Trondheim, Norway).
January 2018: This week we welcomed Alexander Gabriel to L-CAS: he has started as my PhD student on the RASberry project, focusing on safe human-robot interaction for in-field transportation in agriculture.
August 2017: I'm currently at the 3rd Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction, where I've presented some of the nuts and bolts of experimental HRI, and reporting standards. It's more interesting than it sounds...
May 2017: I'm very happy to serve as the Theory and Methods theme chair at HRI 2018, which will be held in Chicago. Paper submission deadline is the 6th of October, so plan your papers!
April 2017: I've moved office and now reside in the new Isaac Newton Building, along with the rest of the School of Computer Science. For all office hours and drop-in sessions, please find me in INB3119 (unless otherwise stated).
March 2017: Update January 2018: this position has now been filled, and is no longer available. I'm hiring! As part of the collaborative RASberry project (with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences), I'm currently advertising for a fully funded (for UK/EU) PhD position to work on Human-Robot Interaction in agricultural settings (specifically robots fetching and carrying for people picking strawberries grown in polytunnels).