Organizing Committee


Christiana Tsiourti is PhD student at the Institute of Service Science of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a member of the Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences, at the Swiss Center for Affective Science. In November 2016, she has been awarded a Doc.Mobility Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation, allowing her to spend one year as a visiting researcher at the Vision4Robotics group at the ACIN Institute of Automation and Control at Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Christiana holds a Master’s (2011) and Bachelor (2009) in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus (Cyprus). Between 2011 and 2013, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics of the University of Coimbra. Christiana’s research is focused on the development and evaluation of affective socially intelligent agents (robots and avatars) that autonomously integrate into our daily life environments and possess social skills, such as the automatic understanding of the user’s actions and emotional states, and the production of coherent emotional feedback.

Jorge Dias has a Habilitation degree and a Ph.D. on Electrical Engineering by the University of Coimbra, with specialization in Control and Instrumentation. Jorge has been Associated Professor at the University of Coimbra (UC) with activities in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers and the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR). Jorge does research in the area of Computer Vision and Robotics and has contributions in the field since 1984, with several publications in international journals, books, and conferences. Jorge has been teaching several courses on Computer Vision, Robotics, Automation and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and supervised several Ph.D. and Master students in the field of Computer Vision and Robotics. He has been principal investigator in several research international projects. Jorge coordinated the Artificial Perception Laboratory at the ISR and the Laboratory of Systems and Automation (LAS) at the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), and was Vice-President of IPN from June 2008 to June 2011. Jorge is currently on a leave of absence from the UC and acting as Faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering/Robotics Department at Khalifa University in  Abu Dhabi.

Astrid Weiss is a postdoctoral research fellow in HRI at the Vision4Robotics group at the ACIN Institute of Automation and Control at Vienna University of Technology (Austria). She holds a master’s degree in sociology and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Salzburg. Her current research focuses on user-centered design and evaluation studies for Human-Robot Interaction, with a special interest in the impact technology has on the everyday life and what makes people accept or reject technology. She co-organized workshops on a variety of HRI-related topics at the following conferences: RO-MAN2008, HRI2009, HRI2011, ICSR2013, and HRI2014. Moreover, she is regularly member of Program and Organizing Committees related to HRI research.

Sten Hanke has a Master in electrical engineering and a PhD in medical science. He is a researcher for the Austrian Institue of Technology (AIT) biomedical engineering in smart biomedical systems. He joined AIT in the year 2005. He is working on European and national projects in the field of ambient assisted living, social robotics, interaction with ICT systems,  smart systems  as well as psycho-physiological assessments since more than 10 years. At the moment is he technical manager of the FP7 Miraculous-Life project dealing with development of a virtual support partner as well as workpackage leader of the H2020 GrowMeUp project developing an ICT service robot for ambient assisted living environments. He is a working member of the international ISO/IEEE 11073, European ISO/TC 215 and CEN/TC 251 health care and medical device communication working group as well as the national ON-AG238.4 group. Currently he is in the Ambient Assisted Living Open Association (AALOA) Governing Board.

Julian Angel-Fernandez is a postdoctoral research at the Visrion4Robotics at the Institute of Automation and Control (ACIN) at University of Technology (Austria). His interests twofold in representation and selection of emotions in robotics, and study of methodologies to increase the interest of students in STEM careers. Currently, he is working as scientific coordinator in the European project ER4STEM, which aims to maintain children’s curiosity in technology through the use of robotics. He holds a European PhD with merit in Information and Technology (2016), from Politecnico di Milano – Italy. He also holds a bachelor in Electronic Engineering (2008); Bachelor in Computer Science (2009); Master in Computer Science (2010) from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota – Colombia. He has worked as temporal professor at Potificia Universidad Javeriana at the department of computer engineering (Colombia). During this period, he was part of the research group Takina and taught: programming courses (I and II), as programming languages and introduction to artificial intelligence.


Luís Santos holds a PhD from the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal. He is currently an Invited Researcher at University of Coimbra and is acting as a Project and Technical Manager for the H2020 GrowMeUp Project (GA 643647). He held a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Systems and Robotics of the University of Coimbra from October 2014 to March 2015. He acted as a seconded researcher from the UC to a company, Citard Services Ltd., within the scope of the Marie Curie IAPP Project Social Robot (GA 285870), till the 30th of September, 2014. He holds a Pre-Bologna M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialization in Robotics and Automation by the Faculty of Science and Technology from the University of Coimbra. He worked as researcher in the area of human-robot interaction and action recognition using Laban Movement Analysis, within the BACS European Project from November 2007 to February 2010. His current research topics mainly focus on machine learning methods for autonomous cognitive systems and human motion analysis towards end-user applications.

The Workshop is supported by the GrowMeUp H2020 and the Acrossing Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Projects.