Associate Professor Mari Velonaki (Director, Creative Robotics Lab) has been voted one of the world's top 25 women to watch in Robotics.
The selection was made by Robohub, one of the largest, online robotics communities bringing together experts in robotics business and research from around the world. Robohub announces the list annually on Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Associate Professor Velonaki said she was honoured to be recognised alongside Berkeley University’s Ruzena Bajcsy, the recipient of a Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for innovations in robotics and computer vision.
She hopes to raise awareness of social robotics as a research area for women. “Social robotics involves mechatronics, artificial intelligence, the creative arts and social sciences – it is diverse and multidisciplinary. There is more to it than technology.”
The Creative Robotics Lab was recently awarded an Australia-Japan Foundation grant to research social human-robot interaction from the perspectives of Australian and Japanese society. The experiments, to take place at the CRL and the Watanabe and Matsumoto Labs, will result in a major bilingual publication.