Professor Helen Hastie

Heriot-Watt University

Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction with Explainable Artificial Intelligence Theme Lead


Professor Helen Hastie is an Associate Professor/Reader and Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical and Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University and Honorary Fellow in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

She is an international expert on interactive systems and human-robot interaction (HRI), working on methods for natural communication between users and systems through speech and gesture.

Helen’s research interests include spoken dialogue and multimodal systems, Natural Language Generation including data2text for a number of domains including education, defense and Health Informatics. She has over 20 years of experience in designing, building and evaluating multimodal systems, focusing on data-driven techniques and working both in academia and industry.