Invited Talks

2017-2019

  • Invited talk at Portuguese Academy of Sciences, with the title “Artificial Intelligence: from the real to the artificial”, March, 2019.
  • Keynote talk at the XXIX Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Psychoanalysis, with the title “Real and artificial emotions: the role of artificial intelligence in the future of the relationship between humans and machines”, March, Lisbon Portugal.
  • Keynote talk at the Workshop on “Expressivity for Sustained HRI” in the HRI’19 Conference, with title ”Emotions in Groups of Humans and Robots”, March, Daegu, Korea, 2019.
  • Keynote talk at the Workshop on Robots for Social Good at the HRI’19 Conference, with title “Prosocial Robots: a vision”, March, Daegu, Korea, 2019.
  • Invited talk at the Intelligent and Socially Interactive Ecosystem Symposium, with title “Modelling Sociality in Machines”, Honda Research Institute, March, Japan, 2019.
  • Keynote talk at the Workshop on Robotics for education, with the title “Robots for Education: Challenging the role of robotics in Educational Settings”, Utrecht, Netherlands in February, 2019.
  • Keynote talk entitled “Robots that Listen to People’s Hearts: The Role of Emotions in the Communication between Humans and Social Robots” in the workshop “Explainable Artificial Intelligence and Conversational Agents”,  in Delft, Netherlands, January, 2019.
  • Ready Team Player One:  Social Robots in Groups”, Keynote talk at the “AAMAS- Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems” conference in Sweden, July, 2018.
  • Robots that listen to people’s hearts: the role of emotions in the communication between humans and social robots” , Keynote talk at the “UMAP – User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization” conference in Singapore, July, 2018.
  • “The role of emotions in the communication between humans and social robots“, Keynote talk at the workshop on Affective artificial agents as models for affective science and psychology, organised by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, April 9th, 2018.
  • Can social robots play a role in Serious Games?“- Keynote talk at the Games and Learning Alliance Conference, organised by the  Serious Games Society, Lisbon, December 2017.
  • Humans and Robots Together: Creating Small Heterogeneous Groups“- Keynote talk at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Human-Agent Groups: Studies, Algorithms and Challenges, Arlington, USA, 2017.
  • Groups of humans and robots together” – Invited talk at the 3rd Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction, Vila-Nova de Milfontes, September, Portugal, 2017.
  • Humans and Robots together: designing social robots to act in groups of humans and robots“- Keynote talk at the Workshop on Synthetic Method and Robotic Design in the IEEE ICDL-EpiRob’17, International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) and the International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics (EpiRob) September, 2017.
  • “Care for the human: HRI in the @Home RoboCup challenge”- Keynote talk in the RO-MAN Workshop: HRI for Service Robots in RoboCup@Home, at the RO-MAN’17 Conference.
  • Robots that listen to the user’s heart: The role of emotions in multi-modal communication with social robots”  Keynote talk in the Workshop on Social Interaction and Multimodal Expression for Socially Intelligent Robots (WS-SIME) at the RO-MAN’17 Conference.
  • Humans and Robots Together: How to Build Social Robots that Sustain Long-Term Interactions with Humans” Keynote talk at the 14th Bar-Ilan Symposium on the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (BISFAI) , June, Israel, 2017.

2015-2016

  • Empathic Agents in Learning Environments”, Keynote Talk at the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems- ITS’2016, Croatia, 2016.
  • Emotional communication with robots”, Invited Talk at the Animal and Human Emotions School of Neuroscience at the “Ettore Majorana” Erice Centre, Italy, 2016
  • Agents and Robots that can listen to the user’s heart”, Invited Talk at the workshop on Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media: opportunities and challenges for emotion-aware multi-agent systems, AAMAS’2015

Before 2015

  • In your shoes: Empathy in Agents and Robots”, Invited talk at 25th Anniversary of the Centre for Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden, September 2013.
  • Participation in the panel “Queres ser meu amigo” in the “Noite Europeia dos Investigadores”. The panel was conducted by journalist Vasco Trigo (other participants in the panel: Ana Viseu from ISCTE).
  • In your shoes: Empathy in Agents and Robots”, Keynote talk at the EPIA’2013 (Encontro Português de Inteligencia Artificial), September 2013.
  • Applications for Affective Computing ”, Invited talk at a workshop in honour of Roddy Cowie & Ellen Douglas-Cowie, organised in conjunction with the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, September 2013.
  • Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots”, invited talk in the Seminar Series of University of College of London, UK, January, 2012.
  • Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots“, invited talk in the Seminar Series of University of Birmingham, UK, December 2011.
  • Emotions in Interactive Learning Environments”, invited talk in Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, Aracaju, Brasil, November 2011.
  • Empathy in Virtual Agents and Robots“, invited talk in the Seminar Series of University of Bielefeld, Germany, June 2011.
  • Empathy in Social Agents“, invited keynote talk in the CASA- Computer Animation and Social Agents Conference, at Chengdu, China, May 2011.
  • Social Interactions with Robots: Myths and Reality“, invited talk in the Symposia on Das Sociedades Humans s Sociedades Artificiais, at IST in May, the 4th, 2011.
  • Closing the affective loop: applications of affective computing with virtual agents and robots”, invited talk in the Summer School on Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing, Edinburgh, September 2010.
  • Building Social and Emotional Agents”, invited talk and course at the International Summer School in Cognitive Science, Sofia, July 2007.
  • Stories, Tangibles and Learning”, invited talk at the DIGITEL 2007 Workshop (“The First IEEE International Workshop on Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning”), Jhongli, Taiwan, March 2007.
  • The Role of Tangibles in Interactive Storytelling”, invited talk at the ICVS 2005 (“International Conference on Virtual Storytelling”), Strasbourg, November 2005.
  • Can children establish emotional relations with synthetic characters?”, invited talk at the ESF (European Science Foundation) Workshop on “Affective and Emotional Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction: Emphasis on Game-Based and Innovative Learning Approaches”, September, 2004.
  • Synthetic Characters: From Design to Evaluation … and back”, invited talk at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, in the workshop “Evaluating Embodied Conversational Agents”, March, 2004.
  • From Affect to Affective Interfaces”, invited talk at the Symposium of Interaction Design, Institute of Interaction Design, Ivrea, Italy, November, 2003.
  • Empathy in Synthetic Educational Agents: a first glimpse”, invited talk at the “Workshop Educa- tional Agents – More than Virtual Tutors”, Vienna, June, 2003.
  • Building Virtual Characters: from actions to behaviours”, invited talk at the “IMAGINA”, Mónaco, February, 2003.
  • Intelligent Agents in Story Telling: from scripting to autonomy”, invited talk at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, May, 2003.
  • Just because they are Characters doesn’t mean they have character”, invited talk at the University of Reading, February 2000.
  • Just because they are Characters doesn’t mean they have character”, invited talk at the University of Kingston, February 2000.
  • Just because they are Characters doesn’t mean they have character”, invited talk at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, March, 2000.
  • Enriching Current Classroom Activities”, invited talk in the panel “The Impact of AIED in the Schools” at the International Conference on AIED in Education, AIED, 1999.
  • Communication Architectures and ITSs”, invited talk at the Workshop of Architectures and Methods for Designing Cost-Effective and Re-usable ITSs, Montreal, Junho de 1996.
  • New Perspectives for Learner Modelling”, invited talk at the University of Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, March 1996.
  • “Towards the generalisation of communication with user modelling systems”, invited talk at the HCI Research Group of GMD, St. Augustin, Germany, September 1995.
  • Collaborative Learner Models”, invited talk at the equipe COAST, CNR, ENS de Lyon, France, October 1995.