Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn is full Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group that consists of about 40 researchers. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Biological Cybernetics Department of the University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, in 1993. She has published more than 300 research articles on social robotics, human-robot interaction, assistive technology and Artificial Life.
Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She regularly organizes conferences, for example, she was general Chair of IEEE RO-MAN 2006 with the theme of “Getting to Know Socially Intelligent Robots” and co- general chair of the ACM/IEEE conference HRI’08. She has been Principal Investigator of her research team in several European projects on developmental robotics (Robotcub), robot companions (Cogniron and LIREC), educational virtual environments (eCircus), and robotics and assistive technology (IROMEC, RoboSkin, ACCOMPANY). Prof. Dautenhahn is Editor in Chief of the journal “Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems”, as well as Associate Editor of “Adaptive Behavior” (Sage Publications), the “International Journal of Social Robotics” (Springer) and the “IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development”.