Helen Hastie (née Wright)


Presenting papers on MIRIAM and ORCA at the HRI'18 workshop on Explainable Robotic Systems Workshop in Chicago, March 5th
New INCRA Lab website.

About me

I am a full Professor in the Computer Science department in the School of MACS (Mathematical and Computer Sciences) at Heriot Watt University. I am the director of the newly formed INCRA Lab (INteraCtion foR Autonomy) exploring interaction for autonomous systems using multimodal and natural language interfaces including investigating aspects of trust, situation awareness and cognitive load.
I am affiliated with the Interaction Lab, the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, the HWU HRI Lab. I have worked in both academia and industry including Informatics at the University of Edinburgh , ATL, Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA and AT&T Research Labs, NJ U.S.A..

Research interests

Research Projects

ORCA HUB (WP Lead) Hub in Offshore RObotics for Certification of Assets (EPSRC and Industry funded total £31M), leading workpackage 3 on "Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction with Explainable AI."

INCA (Principal Investigator): Intelligent iNteraCtion for Autonomy (INCA) is funded by the RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Fellowship scheme.

MIRIAM (Principal Investigator): Multimodal Intelligent inteRactIon for Autonomous systeMs (MIRIAM) funded by Dstl under the Defence and Security Accelerator under the theme revolutionise the human information relationship for Defence with industry partners SeeByte and Tekever. (June-November 2017)

VERSO (Principal Investigator) : Funded by SeeByte, MASTS and Datalab: a PhD placement looking at data-driven techniques for interaction with autonomous vehicles.

Previous Projects
REGIME (Principal Investigator): REport GeneratIon from Meta-data (REGIME) funded by Dstl under the ASUR programme (Phase 2) with SeeByte and Thales (Nov 2015-Oct 2016).
PARLANCE (Coordinator): FP7 funded project PARLANCE on search through adaptive, personalised incremental interaction (2011-2014). HWU Team: Nina Dethlefs, Heriberto Cuayahuitl, Arash Eshghi, Simon Keizer, Xingkun Liu, Yanchao Yu, Sandra Birch and advisors Oliver Lemon and Verena Rieser.
Report Generation (Principal Investigator): Dstl funded project as part of the ASUR programme Phase 1 on report generation for autonomous vehicles (2014). HWU Team:
Zhuoran Wang
My Sneeze (Principal Investigator): the mySneeze project, a multidisciplinary project with three other Scottish Universities, leading design, development and evaluation of the mySneeze mobile application for hay fever monitoring (2011-2014).
Emote (Co-Investigator): Leading the Interaction Lab research on the FP7 Emote project, which involves developing data-driven strategies for empathetic virtual tutors (2012-2016).


I am currently on a Leverhulme fellowship so taking a break from teaching and university administration (August 1st 2017-July 31st 2018).