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I am a professor of Human-Robot Interaction at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Hertfordshire. I am also a member of Adaptive Systems Research Group. Furthemore, I direct Robot House and Kaspar projects.
My research is focused on human-robot interaction and is applied in the context of rehabilitation, assistive technology and more recently, over the past 7 years, takes an interest on deep learning and machine learning approaches for HRI.
I am a former member of the THINKlab, at University of Salford, UK, 2006-2008 where I held the position of Technical Director and was a member of Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research (CRHPR). Prior to that, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering Studies (CREST), Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where I was involved with the i-match project, working with Prof Garth Johnson, 2003-2006. From 2000 to 2003, I worked as a Research Associate at the school of Cybernetics, the University of Reading, UK, where I worked with Prof Harwin and a pan-European team of researchers in developing the GENTLE/s robot for neurorehabilitation. Prior to these, from 1990-1999, I have been involved in different software/hardware engineering capacities, varying from hardware technician (1990) to junior programmer, senior programmer, system analyst and senior system analyst(1999).
My research focuses on human-robot interaction, with the objective of getting robots to adapt to humans’ interaction. An adaptive robot will have many applications, for example a therapy machine which can tune to each individual’s therapy needs, in terms of assisting and resisting forces, can be a very useful tool in the gym.
My research interests divide into: rehabilitation, assistive and assessment robotics; human performance assessment using engaging interactions; robots for enhancing personal interaction; artificial intelligence; and safe human computer interaction. I have keen interest in statistics and mathematics.
I am also interested in Robot Safety and Ethics. I am working as a member of ISO TC299, working on standad development around robots and robotic devices.
I have taught Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to first, second and third year BSc students. I am also involved in Master and BSc final year projects.
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1/11/23 → 31/10/27
EMERGENCE: Tackling Frailty - Facilitating the Emergence of Healthcare Robots from Labs into Service
1/01/22 → 31/12/24
1/01/24 → 31/12/25
A feasibility study of using Kaspar, a humanoid robot for speech and language therapy for children with learning disabilitiesLakatos, G., Sarda Gou, M., Holthaus, P., Wood, L., Moros Espanol, S., Lichfield, V., Robins, B. & Amirabdollahian, F., 13 Nov 2023, 2023 32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). 32 ed. Busan, Korea, Republic of: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 1233-1238 6 p.
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Kaspar Explains: The Effect of Causal Explanations on Visual Perspective Taking Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderSarda Gou, M., Lakatos, G., Holthaus, P., Robins, B., Moros Espanol, S., Wood, L., Araujo, H., deGraft-Hanson, C. A. E., Mousavi, M. R. & Amirabdollahian, F., 13 Nov 2023, 2023 32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). 32 ed. Busan, Korea, Republic of: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 1407-1412 6 p.
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Fujii, K., Holthaus, P., Samani, H., Premachandra, C. & Amirabdollahian, F., 13 Jan 2024, 15th International Conference, ICSR 2023, Proceedings, Part II. 15 ed. Springer Nature
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Alingal Meethal, S., Steuber, V. & Amirabdollahian, F., 28 Apr 2023.
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A User-centred Design and Feasibility Analysis of the WiGlove - A Home-based Rehabilitation Device for Hand and Wrist Therapy after StrokeVelmurugan, V., Wood, L. & Amirabdollahian, F., 28 Apr 2023. 6 p.
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