John-John Cabibihan received the Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, with specialization in biorobotics, from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2007. Concurrent with his Ph.D. studies, he received an international scholarship grant in 2004 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France. Therein, he spent one year with the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie. From 2008 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, where he also served as the Deputy Director of the Social Robotics Laboratory and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Singapore Institute of Neurotechnologies. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Qatar University. He is Lead/Co-Lead Principal Investigator of several projects under the National Priorities Research Program of Qatar Foundation’s National Research Fund. He mentored the teams that won consecutive 1st Prizes at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup (Innovation Category; Qatar National Finals). He serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Social Robotics, the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics, Frontiers in Special Education Needs, and Computational Cognitive Science. He was the General Chair of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (Manila, 2013), Program Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) 2012 in Chengdu, China, and ICSR 2016 in Kansas City, USA, and Program Co-Chair of ICSR 2010 (Singapore) and ICSR 2017 (Tsukuba, Japan). Over the years, his work has been focused toward assistive and social robotics for the therapy of children with autism, lifelike prosthetics, bioinspired tactile sensing, and human-robotic touch and gestures. His works have been featured by the BBC, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, and at the front pages of The Peninsula Qatar.
Kerstin Dautenhahn, Senior Member IEEE, is Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group. She has published more than 300 research articles. Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures. She has been Principal Investigator of her research team in several European, nationally and internationally funded projects. Prof. Dautenhahn is a Founding Editor in Chief of the journal Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, as well as Associate Editor of Adaptive Behaviour (Sage Publications), the International Journal of Social Robotics (Springer), IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development.
Adriana TAPUS is a Full Professor at ENSTA-ParisTech since May 2009. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) in 2005 and her degree of Engineer in Computer Science and Engineering from "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania in 2001. She worked as an Associate Researcher at the University of Southern California (USC), where she mainly worked on socially assistive robotics, human sensing, and human-robot interaction. Her main interest is on long-term learning (i.e., in particular in interaction with humans) and on-line robot behavior adaptation to external environmental factors. She received the Romanian Academy Award for her contributions in assistive robotics in 2010. She is Associate Editor of many high-rank journals in robotics, she was the General Chair of ICSR 2015 conference, she is the Program Chair of HRI 2018 conference and General Chair for HRI 2019 conference. In 2016, Prof. Tapus was one of the 25 women in robotics you need to know about, ranking done by Robohub. She is also involved in many national and EU H2020 international research projects.