Panellists

Jill Lehman


Jill has worked and published for more than 30 years in the areas of natural-language processing, cognitive architecture, human-computer interaction, and autism and language. In her most recent position as a Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research's Pittsburgh lab, she led teams focused on multimodal, language-based HCI and HRI with children, and agent-directed learning of dialogue behaviour. Jill is broadly interested in understanding and accommodating human language behaviour, and continues her work on language-based interaction both through consulting and collaboration with colleagues in Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.



Shuli Gilutz
Dr. Gilutz is an instructor at Tel-Aviv University and at IDC's MA in HCI program, and is a board member of the Designing for Children's Rights Association. She is also part of Google Campus's UX Experts mentors team, guiding and advising start-ups via Google Launchpad programs. She earned a BA in Psychology and the Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts, from Tel-Aviv University, an MA from Stanford University`s Learning, Design and Technology program, and a PhD in Educational Psychology \& Cognitive Studies, from Columbia University`s Teachers College. She specializes in research, assessment, and design of interactive environments for children: apps, digital toys, and learning tech. She works in industry and academia, teaching, advising, conducting research, and providing strategic consulting for the development and design of children's digital experiences. Dr. Gilutz is a global speaker on children \& digital media, age-appropriate UX; usability, play, and learning.
Iolanda Leite
Iolanda Leite is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She holds a PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from IST, University of Lisbon. Prior to joining KTH, she had postdoctoral appointments at Yale University and at Disney Research. Her research goal is to develop social robots that can perceive, learn from and respond appropriately to people in real-world situations, allowing for truly efficient and engaging long-term interactions with people. She is PI of a Starting Grant from the Swedish Research Council (2018-2021), the recipient of a globally competitive Early Career Fellowship awarded by the Jacobs Foundation, and was recently awarded one of the individual grants by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research's Future Research Leaders program (2020-2025). Leite is a member of the HRI Steering Committee and the Co-editor in Chief of AI Matters, the newsletter of the ACM Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence.


Maarten Van Michelen

Van Mechelen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Computational Thinking & Design at Aarhus University in Denmark, specialized in the domain of Child-Computer Interaction. Previously he held academic positions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft in The Netherlands, and the Meaningful Interactions Lab (Mintlab) at KU Leuven in Belgium. Over the past few years, he conducted basic and applied research, sometimes in cooperation with industry partners and policymakers. His current research focuses on computational empowerment in the context of emergent technologies (CEED project); working closely with teachers in Denmark to develop hands-on educational activities through an ethnographic approach. This is a continuation of his work on digital design literacy in K12 education at the same research group.