Ginevra Castellano 

Professor in Intelligent Interactive Systems
Department of Information Technlogy
Uppsala University, Sweden

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I am a Professor in Intelligent Interactive Systems at the Department of Information Technology of Uppsala University, Sweden, where I lead the Uppsala Social Robotics Lab.

My research interests are in the area of intelligent interactive systems, and include social robotics, human-robot interaction and affective computing. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach grounded in principles from the social sciences, I aim to develop computational social abilities that allow robots to behave in a socially intelligent way in natural interaction with humans. 

The natural testbed for my research are socially assistive scenarios where robots provide not only physical, but also social support to humans, where robotic technologies have the potential to bring benefits to the society we live in, for example in application areas such as education and assistive technology, by enhancing the lives of children and other groups that require specialised support and intervention.

From 2012 to 2016 I was the coordinator of the EMOTE project, which developed educational robots to support teachers in a classroom environment.

I am now the recipient of a starting grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) in the area of personalised instructional robots (2016-2020).

I am also PI for Uppsala University of a framework grant (COIN) on the topic of co-adaptive human-robot interactive systems (2016-2021), funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), in collaboration with KTH Stockholm, and of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project ANIMATAS on human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools (2018-2021).


February 2020: Since 01/02/2020 I am a Professor in Intelligent Intelligent Interactive Systems, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University.

November 2019: I chaired the Human-Robot Interaction User Studies subcommitte at the Program Committee meeting of HRI 2020.

September 2019: I am the recipient of the 10 year Technical Impact Award at the ACM Internaltional Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2019, for my paper "Detecting user engagement with a robot companion using task and social interaction-based features" published in 2009.
The Ten-Year Technical Impact Award  is awarded to a scientist or group of scientists for contributing a seminal paper published in ICMI (or previous conferences/workshops that evolved into ICMI) that has had the largest influence in shaping an area within the field of multimodal interaction, interfaces, and system development.

September 2019: I am a co-PI of the project "The ethics and social consequences of AI & caring robots. Learning trust, empathy and accountability”, recently funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden.

September 2019: I will be a Program Chair of the next International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, which will take place in Nara, Japan, in September 2021.

June 2019: 
I will chair the Human-Robot Interaction User Studies subcommittee at HRI 2020

Fabruary 2019:
I have been appointed an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing

November 2018: I gave a talk at TEDxUppsalaUniversity 2018 titled Can we bond with social robots?

October 2018: I gave a keynote talk at SweCog 2018 titled Humanness vs Robotness: Building Socially Engaging Interactions with Robots

September 2018: I gave an invited talk at the SMART Summer School on Computational Social and Behavioural Sciences 2018, titled Learning robot’s social behaviours: overview and implications for human-robot interaction design