Professor Helen Hastie, Computer Science,
Heriot-Watt University

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 Diretor Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS) and Academic Lead for the National Robotarium. I am PI on the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme Node in Trust. Finally, I am WP lead on the EPSRC ORCA Hub.

I am affiliated with the Interaction Lab, the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, the HWU HRI Lab. I am interested in human-robot interaction and natural language interfaces, in particular the best way to communicate with remote autonomous systems and robots in hazardous environments including aspects of trust, transparency, situation awareness and cognitive load. I am director of the newly formed INCRA Lab (INteraCtion foR Autonomy).

I am SICSA AI Research Theme lead. In 2017, I received a Senior Resarch Fellowship from the Royal Society of Engineering/Leverhulme. I was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy.

Previously, I have worked in both academia and industry including Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, The Advanced Technology Lab at Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA and AT&T Research Labs, NJ, USA.

I hold a PhD from Centre of Speech Technology Research, an MS from Georgetown University and an MA from Edinburgh University.

For current and previous research projects, see here.

Research Interests