Professor Kerstin DautenhahnKerstin Dautenhahn, Ph.D. is Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at University of Hertfordshire, UK where she is coordinator of the Adaptive Systems Research Group. Her main areas of research are Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents, and Artificial Life.
Kerstin is Editor in Chief of the journal Interaction Studies published by John Benjamins Publishing Company, and Associate Editor of Adaptive Behavior, Sage Publications, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, published by Springer. She has pioneered research in robot social learning and imitation, and the study of robots in autism therapy. She has published more than 200 research articles on social robotics, robot learning, human-robot interaction, and assistive technology. She has edited several books and frequently organizes international research workshops and conferences. She is Chair of the AISB 2009 Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction.
She is former member of the Department of Biological Cybernetics at University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1990–1993, and AI-Lab at GMD, Sankt Augustin, Germany, 1993–1996, and VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Brussels, Belgium, until end of 1996. From January 1997 to April 2000 Lecturer, Department of Cybernetics at University of Reading, United Kingdom. In April 2000 she joined the Department of Computer Science (now School of Computer Science) at University of Hertfordshire as Principal Lecturer. Later she was promoted to Reader and then Research Professor.
Kerstin coedited Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind: 4th International Conference, CT 2001, Warwick, UK, August 6–9, 2001, Imitation in Animals and Artifacts (Complex Adaptive Systems), and Imitation and Social Learning in Robots, Humans and Animals: Behavioral, Social, and Communicative Dimensions, and edited Human Cognition and Social Agent Technology (Advances in Consciousness).
She authored Methodology and Themes of Human-Robot Interaction: A Growing Research Field and The Origins of Narrative – In Search for the Transactional Format of Narratives in Humans and Other Social Animals, and coauthored Self-Imitation and Environmental Scaffolding for Robot Teaching, Behaviour Delay and Robot Expressiveness in Child-Robot Interactions: A User Study on Interaction Kinesics, and The Role of Autonomy and Interaction Type on Spatial Comfort in an HRI Scenario.
Kerstin earned her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biological Cybernetics at the University of Bielefeld, Germany in 1993.
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