Keynote speakers

Vanessa Evers

Professor Vanessa Evers is frequently interviewed about her work on national public tv, newspapers or magazines. She won the best thesis prize awarded by the Dutch National Society of Registered Information Specialists, was co-author of the James Chen best paper award of the journal on User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction together with then her Ph.D. student Henriette Cramer. She holds the 2014 Opzij talent award. Vanessa is an editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics, she is co-chair of the ACM International Human Robot Interaction Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the Human Robot Interaction Journal.

Vanessa Evers is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Twente’s Human Media Interaction group. She received a M.SC. in Information Systems from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph. D. from the Open University, UK. During her Master studies she spent two years at the Institute of Management Information Studies of the University of New South Wales, Sydney. After her Ph.D. she has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, London and later became an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Informatics. She was a visiting researcher at Stanford University (2005-2007). Her research interests focus on on interaction with intelligent and autonomous systems such as robots or machine learning systems as well as cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. She has published over 80 peer reviewed publications, many of which in high quality journals and conferences in human computer interaction and human robot interaction. She serves on Program Committees of ACM/IEEE HRI, ACM SIGCHI, HSI, ACM CSCW and ACM Multimedia.

Matthias Scheutz

Matthias Scheutz, Ph.D., is a full professor of computer and cognitive science in the Department of Computer Science and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University in Boston. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in artificial intelligence, artificial life, agentbased computing, natural language processing, cognitive modeling, robotics, human-robot interaction and foundations of cognitive science. His research and teaching interests include multi-scale agent-based models of social behavior and complex cognitive and affective autonomous robots with natural language capabilities for natural human-robot interaction. He received degrees in philosophy (M.A. 1989, Ph.D. 1995) and formal logic (M.S. 1993) from the University of Vienna and in computer engineering (M.S. 1993) from the Vienna University of Technology (1993) in Austria. He also received the joint Ph.D. in cognitive science and computer science from Indiana University in 1999.

New Friends 2015 – The 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education