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UCL Interaction Centre, University College London
Yvonne Rogers is a pioneer of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and one of the leaders who created the field of Ubiquitous Computing. Her research is concerned with augmenting human activities with a diversity of computational technologies. She investigates, invents, and designs interactive technologies that enhance life through extending learning, every day and work activities. She is the director of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and a Deputy Head of the Computer Science department at UCL. Previous professorial positions have been held at the Open University, Sussex University and Indiana University.
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
Ana Paiva is a computer science professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, and is investigating the design of intelligent interactive systems by creating “social agents” that can interact with humans in a natural manner. Over the years, she has developed this field by engineering social agents that exhibit specific capabilities, including emotions, personality, culture, nonverbal behavior, empathy, and collaboration, among others. Her most recent research combines methods from artificial intelligence with social modelling to study hybrid societies of humans and machines. In particular, she is investigating how to engineer agents that lead to more pro-social and altruistic societies.