DR. HATICE GUNES

Hatice Gunes
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FD, UK
E-mail: Hatice.Gunes(@)cl.cam.ac.uk

Visiting Academic, School of EECS, Queen Mary University of London

Research Interests: Artificial Emotional Intelligence, Affective Computing, Personality Computing, Social Signal Processing, Human Behaviour Understanding, Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Intelligent User Interfaces, Human Sensing in Virtual Reality, Assistive Technologies.

Short Bio

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory. Prior to that I was a Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London, and an honorary associate of University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) . My research interests are in the areas of affective computing and social signal processing that lie at the crossroad of multiple disciplines including, computer vision, signal processing, machine learning, multimodal interaction and human-robot interaction. I have authored numerous papers in these areas ( > 3000 citations, H-index=25).

My recent work has focussed on Digital Personhood through the EPSRC Being There Project (2013-2017) that aimed to produce greater social integration of robots in public spaces, and to increase access to public spaces in robot proxy forms. I Guest Edited the Frontiers in Robotics and AI’s Research Topic on Affective and Social Signals for HRI. I have been invited to serve as an Associate Editor for a number of robotics conferences including IEEE RO-MAN 2016-2017 and ACM/IEEE HRI 2017-2018.

I am the President-Elect (Oct 2017-Oct 2019) of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC) and the Chair of the Steering Board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. I am also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Image and Vision Computing, and Guest Editor of Special Issues in International Journal of Synthetic Emotions , Image and Vision Computing, and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems. I have acted as an organiser and PC member for numerous workshops and conferences in my areas of research and expertise. I am the General Co-Chair of ACII 2019 and was the Program Co-Chair of IEEE FG 2017.

In June 2017 I was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden that granted me funding as part of their Visiting Female Researcher Scheme for Gender Equality. In the period of May 2015 – June 2015 I was an invited Visiting Associate Professor at the Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), UPMC Sorbonne Universities (l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris, France supported by the French state funds through the Labex SMART Project. From 2004 to 2007, I was a recipient of the Australian Government International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) awarded to top quality international postgraduate students, and the UTS Faculty of IT Research Training Stipend awarded to outstanding PhD candidates at UTS. I have also received a number of other awards for Outstanding Paper (with M.A. Nicolaou and M. Pantic @ IEEE FG 2011 ), Quality Reviewer (IEEE ICME 2011), Best Demo (with the Semaine team @ IEEE ACII 2009), and Best Student Paper (with M. Piccardi @ VisHCI 2006). I have been involved as PI and Co-I in several projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (EPSRC), the British Council and the InnovateUK.

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