Ginevra Castellano

Associate Professor

Lab Director

Ginevra Castellano is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, where she leads the Social Robotics Lab. Her research interests are in the areas of social robotics and affective computing, and include social learning, personalized adaptive robots, multimodal behaviours and uncanny valley effect in robots and virtual agents. Over the last ten years she has been working on the development of computational abilities that allow robots to behave in a socially intelligent way in scenarios where robots provide social support to humans, for example as tutors in the classroom or as companions for children.

Giulia Perugia

Postdoc Researcher

Dr. Giulia Perugia received a BA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Roma Tre (Rome, Italy) in 2011, a MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Siena (Italy) in 2013, and a double degree PhD in Assistive Technologies from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC; Barcelona, Spain) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e; Netherlands) in 2018. In November 2018, she joined the Social Robotics Lab at Uppsala University (Sweden) as a postdoctoral researcher. As a scientist, she is interested in understanding and modeling the emotional and social linkage that the interaction with social robots triggers, how this can be used for assistive and educational purposes, and how it might impact and shape our society.

Mohammad Obaid

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Mohammad Obaid received his BSc., MSc. (First Class Honors) and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2004, 2007 and 2011, respectively. He worked at several international research centers including the Human Centered Multimedia Lab (HCM Lab), University of Augsburg (Germany), the Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HITLab NZ), University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the t2i Lab, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). In 2016, he joined the the Social Robotics Lab, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) as a researcher.

Maike Paetzel

Ph.D. Candidate

Maike Paetzel is a PhD student in the Social Robotics Lab and mainly focused on studying the uncanny valley effect. She is specifically interested in how interactions with an agent can change an initial (uncanny) perception. Maike’s background is both in humanoid robotics and conversational agents. Apart from Human-Robot Interaction her heart belongs to the RoboCup community, where she is still actively engaged in the team Hamburg Bit-Bots and the organization of the Humanoid League.

Alex Yuan Gao

Ph.D. Candidate

(Alex) Yuan Gao is a Ph.D. candidate at Uppsala University. His research interests are driven by a final goal of developing AI-driven robots that can think and feel like real humans (e.g. Ex Machina). This encircles robot's learning and control, nature language processing, image processing, neuroscience and computational phycology. In particular, he is interested in deep/reinforcement/neuro-based learning approaches to robotic perception, control, and physical modeling of the robot’s environment, which can help us to understand ourselves and build a unified learning structure for adaptive, efficient and robust complex robotic system. Currently, he is working on projects that can fill the gap between deep reinforcement learning and social robotics.

Sebastian Wallkötter

Ph.D. Candidate

Sebastian Wallkötter is a PhD student at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, and works as a researcher in the Social Robotics Lab. His work is part of the Horizon 2020 funded ANIMATAS project. He is interested in social learning for robots, ethical behavior of robotic systems as well as advancing the field of machine learning in the areas of reinforcement learning and deep learning.

Natalia Calvo

Ph.D. Candidate

Natalia Calvo is a Ph.D. student in the Social Robotics Lab. She believes in a world where robots can actively assist humans in different scenarios. Her work is focused on modeling trust in human-robot educational interactions, and it is part of the ANIMATAS Project funded by Horizon 2020. Her research interests cover deep learning and human-robot interaction towards an interdisciplinary approach mostly focused on manipulation tasks, speech recognition interfaces, computer vision, and social robotics.