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 affiliated with the Interaction
Lab, the Edinburgh
Centre of Robotics, the
HWU HRI Lab. I am interested in AI 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.