Students

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My Current fantastic PhD students (some in the picture) are:

  • Alexis Jacq, IST-EPFL program (co-advisor Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL) working on mutual modelling for human-robot interaction.
  • Elmira Yadollahi, IST-EPFL program (co-advisor Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL) working on long-term interactions with robots.
  • Filipa Correia  (co-advisor Francisco Melo) working on ad-hoc teams, general gameplay and social robots.
  • Maria José Ferreira (co-advisor Valentina Nisi, U. Madeira) working on storytelling robots.
  • Miguel Serras Vasco, Dialogue interaction with Social Robotics. Funded by the NetSys program.
  • Patricia Alves-Oliveira (co-advisers Patricia Arriaga, ISCTE and Guy Hoffman, Cornell U.) working on creativity and social robotics
  • Ramona Merhej (co-adviser Francisco Melo),  working on “Let’s Learn by Collaborating with Robots, as part of the ANIMATAS ITN H2020 project.
  • Raul Paradeda, funded by CNpq in Brasil, (co-advisor Carlos Martinho) working on persuasion, storytelling and social robotics.
  • Sofia Petisca (co-advisor Francisco Esteves, ISCTE) working on moral dilemmas and deception with social robots.
  • Tiago Ribeiro working on expressive robotics. To finish in 2018.

My previous (also fantastic) PhD students were:

  • Isabel Machado Alexandre, PhD. at the Computer Based Learning Unit, University of Leeds. She was co-supervisor of Isabel in collaboration with Prof. Paul Brna. The thesis was entitled: “Children, Stories and Dramatic Games: A Support and Guidance Architecture for Story Creation” and was awarded in September 2004. At the moment Isabel is an Assistant Professor at ISCTE in Lisbon.
  • Rui Prada, PhD. at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Teaming Up Humans and Synthetic Characters” and was awarded in December 2005. At the moment Rui is an Associate Professor at IST and a member of the GAIPS.
  • Carlos Martinho, PhD. at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Anticipatory Believability” and was awarded in September 2007. At the moment Carlos is an Assistant Professor at IST and a member of GAIPS.
  • João Dias, PhD student from Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Agents with Emotional Intelligence for Storytelling” and was awarded on the 11th of January 2013. At the moment João is an Assistant Professor at IST and a member of GAIPS.
  • Rui Figueiredo, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Influencing choice in Interactive Storytelling” and was awarded in 2013. At the moment Rui is working in the UK in a software development company.
  • Pedro Sequeira, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Social-Emotional Reward for Intrinsically Motivated Learning Agents” awarded in 2013. At the moment Pedro is an Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University.
  • António Brisson Lopes, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “Tilt Riders: Creating Authorial-Agents for Interactive Storytelling” awarded in 2013. At the moment António is a Consultant at Create It 
  • Iolanda Leite, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico (co-supervisor together with Prof. Carlos Martinho). The thesis was entitled “Long-term affective interactions between humans and artificial companions” and awarded in 2013. At the moment Iolanda is an Assistant Professor at KTH in Sweden, after having worked at Yale University and Disney Research.
  • André Pereira, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico (co-supervisor together with Prof. Rui Prada). The thesis was entitled “Embodied Social Game Companions” and awarded in 2014. At the moment André is working for Furhat Robotics, after having worked at Yale University and Disney Research.
  • Samuel Mascarenhas, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico, (co-supervisor together with Prof. Rui Prada). The thesis was entitled “Cultural behaviour in social agents” and was awarded in 2015. At the moment Samuel is a post-doc at GAIPS after having worked in the industry for a while.
  • Joana Campos, PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico. The thesis was entitled “ Modelling Interpersonal Conflict in Multi-Agent Societies” and was awarded in 2017. Joana is now a post-doc at CMU, having worked before at Disney Research, US.
  • Hang Yin (co-advisor Francisco Melo and Aude Billard, EPFL). The thesis, entitled “Incorporating Human Expertise in Robot Motion Learning and Synthesis”,  was awarded in June 2018.
  • Shruti Shandra, IST-EPFL program (co-advisor Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL) working on “learning by teaching” using robots that learn (waiting for final discussion).
  • Fernando Santos  (co-advisor with Francisco Santos and Jorge Pacheco, U. Minho) working on Social Norms through Evolutionary Game Theory (will defend in June 2018 and will take a position in Princeton with a fellowship awarded).