Dr. Rachid Alami is Senior Scientist at LAAS-CNRS. He received an engineer diploma in computer science in 1978 from ENSEEIHT, a Ph.D in Robotics in 1983 from Institute National Polytechnique and an Habilitation HDR in 1996 from Paul Sabatier University He contributed and took important responsibilities in several national, European and international research and/or collaborative projects (EUREKA: FAMOS, AMR and I-ARES projects, ESPRIT: MARTHA, PROMotion, ECLA, IST: COMETS, IST FP6 projects COGNIRON, URUS, PHRIENDS, and FP7 projects CHRIS, SAPHARI, ARCAS, SPENCER, H2020 project MUMMER, France: ARA, VAP-RISP for planetary rovers, PROMIP, ANR projects). His main research contributions fall in the fields of Robot Decisional and Control Architectures, Task and motion planning, multi-robot cooperation, and human-robot interaction. Rachid Alami is currently the head of the Robotics and InteractionS group at LAAS.
Dr. Joanna Bryson is a Reader (tenured Associate Professor) at the University of Bath, and an affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). She has broad academic interests in the structure and utility of intelligence, both natural and artificial. Venues for her research range from reddit to Science. She is best known for her work in systems AI and AI ethics, both of which she began during her PhD in the 1990s, but she and her colleagues publish broadly, in biology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cognitive science, and politics. Current projects include “Public Goods and Artificial Intelligence”, with Alin Coman of Princeton Psychology and Mark Riedl of Georgia Tech, funded by Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. This project includes both basic research in human sociality and experiments in technological interventions. Other current research include understanding the causality behind the correlation between wealth inequality and political polarization, generating transparency for AI systems, and research on machine prejudice deriving from human semantics. She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT. At Bath she founded the Intelligent Systems research group (one of four in the Department of Computer Science) and heads their Artificial Models of Natural Intelligence.
Dr. Bradley Hayes is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral position at MIT. His work focuses on enabling close-proximity human-robot collaboration, creating algorithms to enable robotic teammates to learn from and work productively with humans by anticipating their needs. Brad Hayes research centers around developing the algorithms and explainable Artificial Intelligence techniques necessary for creating supportive, interactive, communicative, and intuitive robotic systems that are capable of establishing shared expectations with people and safely performing complex collaborative tasks in human-populated environments.
Dr. Alessandra Sciutti is a researcher, responsible of the Cognitive Robotics and Interaction Laboratory in the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genova). Her research background includes investigations on sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding and cooperation in human-robot interaction. She received her Ph.D. in humanoid technologies from the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2010, where she previously graduated in bioengineering. Afterwards she worked as Post-Doc at IIT and had two research periods at the Robotics Lab of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (U.S.A) and at the Emergent Robotics Laboratory of Osaka University (Japan). She is an Associate Editor of Robots and Autonomous Systems, Cognitive Systems Research and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics and she has served as a member of the Program Committee for the International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction and IEEE International conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics. In 2016 she has received the Innovators Under 35 Italia award by MIT Technology Review Italia in the Advanced Technology field with the project “Robots With A Sixth Sense For Interaction”. Her main research interests are on the development of mutual understanding in human-human and human-robot interaction, with a focus on movement-based implicit communication.