Elmira Yadollahi

She is a Doctoral fellow in the joint program between EPFL, Switzerland and IST, Portugal. She is currently focusing on developing cognitive models for embodied agents such as robots in educational child-robot interactions, which includes working on generating a decision-making model of perspective-taking that helps robots to make informed decisions while collaborating with children. She is a General chair at HRI Pioneers Workshop 2021 andan Organizer at ICSR 2020 workshop on "Child-Robot Interaction: Present and Future Relationships".

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Dr. Anara Sandygulova

She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics at the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences. She received her PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin for which she investigated how children's perception of the robot changes with age and gender in order to make a robot adapt to these differences. Her research interests are robots for learning, sign language recognition, child-robot interaction.

Dr. Marta Couto

She is a Postdoctoral fellow at INESC-ID, GAIPS. She received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 2016 from ISPA, and she has been working on HRI since then. Research interests include HRI, specially child-robot interactions, and cognitive models, mainly working memory and cognitive load. She was a guest editor on the ‘Special Issue on Robots and Autism: Conceptualization, Technology, and Methodology’ Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics and an organizer of " Child-Robot Interaction: Present and Future Relationships" Workshop.


Dr. Shruti Chandra

is a Postdoctoral fellow in SIRRL in the University of Waterloo, Canada funded by Canada 150 Research Chairs Program. She holds a Joint PhD degree in ECE from EPFL, Switzerland and IST, Portugal where she investigated how children could improve their handwriting skills with the help of social robots. Her current research focuses on using social robots to aid children with learning difficulties. Research interests include child-robot interaction, social robotics, long-term HRI, assistive robotics.

Dr. Angelica Lim

She is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Intelligence Science from Kyoto University, and B.Sc. in Computing Science with Minor in French from Simon Fraser University, Canada. A key member on the Pepper humanoid robot project with Softbank and Aldebaran Robotics, she has interned as a software engineer and researcher at Google Santa Monica, Honda Research Institute Japan, and I3S-CNRS, France.