Recent news, awards, and press related content.
[news] January 2019 The paper “Empathic Robot for Group Learning: A Field Study” published in Transactions of Human-Robot Interaction, was one of the 4 papers chosen from the last 4 issues of the journal to be presented at HRI 2019.
[news] January 2019 Full paper “Effects of Distinct Robot Navigation Strategies on Human Behavior in a Crowded Environment” was accepted to HRI 2019. This work was a collaboration with Christoforos Mavrogiannis and Ross Knepper from the RPAL lab at Cornell University.
[news] December 2018 The paper “Empathic Robot for Group Learning: A Field Study” was accepted to the Transactions of Human-Robot Interaction.
[news] December 2018 Workshop “Robots for Social Good: Exploring Critical Design for HRI” accepted at HRI 2019, and co-organized with Hee Rin Lee, EunJeon Cheon, Maartje de Graaf, Cristina Zaga, and James Young.
[news] November 2018 Accepted to the Symposium on Interdisciplinary Insights Into Group Dynamics to be held at TUDelft.
[awards] October 2018 Received my first Scientific Award by ISCTE-IUL, an award that recognized indexed publications.
[press] August 2018 Participated in a video disseminating the work performed at the MIT Media Lab Berlin Signal & Noise.
[news] August 2018 Accepted to the MIT Media Lab Berlin Signal & Noise in the track “Playful Machines that Make Music”.
[news] July 2018 Book chapter is out. “Towards More Humane Machines: Creating Emotional Social Robots”, part of the Book “New Interdisciplinary Landscapes in Morality and Emotion” published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
[news] April 2018 Demo outreach of YOLO Robot for the Kids’ Science Day hosted by BRB at Cornell University.
[news] April 2018 Exhibition outreach of YOLO Robot’s design, prototyping, and fabrication process at RAW EXPO from Medium Design Collective. Great opportunity to showcase the process of designing and building that often stays invisible.
[news] June 2017 Accepted at the IDC’17 Doctoral Consortium in Palo Alto, California.
[press] June 2017 Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos (in Portuguese) Reflections about researchers living outside Portugal.
[news] February 2017 Started as a Visiting Scholar in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University to work in the HR2C Lab with my external supervisor Prof. Guy Hoffman.
[news] November 2016 Organizing Committee for the 3rd AI-HRI AAAI Fall Symposium Series in Arlington, VA, USA. I was part of the PC Chair team, responsible for the organization of the Social Sciences track opening for the first time in this highly technical symposium.
[news] May 2016 Goodbye, EMOTE. I had so much fun working together for the EMOTE European project that lasted 3-years.
[awards] March 2016 Our paper “Discovering Social Interaction Strategies for Robots from Restricted-Perception Wizard-of-Oz Studies” won the Best Design Paper in the category of Design at the 11th HRI Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.
[awards] March 2016 Our video “Building a Social Robot as a Game Companion in a Card Game” won the 2nd Place for Best HRI Video at the 11th HRI Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.
[news] April 2016 Founded The Robot-Creativity Project where social robots will be used as tools to boost creativity in children.
[awards] April 2016 Started my PhD in Human-Robot Interaction. I was awarded an FCT PhD Scholarship to develop my studies in a graduate program between Portugal and the US. I will be studying at ISCTE-IUL and GAIPS Lab in Lisbon (Portugal), and Cornell University in NY (US).
[press] October 2015 EMOTE was one of the selected European projects to be showcased at ICT 2015 Innovate Connect, Transform with coverage in the Portuguese national TV among SIC Europe (min 1’20) and RTP news (in Portuguese).
[news] November 2014 Started collaborating in the PArCEIRO, a project that is all about exploring robots for entertainment.
[news] June 2014 Organized the workshop on “Child-Robot Interaction: Social Bonding, Learning and Ethics” at IDC’14 in Aarhus, Denmark.
[news] August 2013 Started as a research assistant in the European EMOTE project. We will be developing empathic robotic tutors to support learning in schools. How exciting!
[news] June 2013 Accepted for a Summer Internship at GAIPS Lab in Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal. My work will be performing behavior analysis of humans when interacting with social robots.
[news] December 2012 Finished my Master studies in Psychology at Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
[news] September 2009 Finished my undergrad studies in Psychological Sciences at ISPA, Portugal.
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