Researcher

Mrs Wafa Johal

My Expertise

My research enables robots to provide close, continuous and personalized assistance to people adapting to their capabilities. To this end, I have developed methods to allow robots to (1) decipher human non-verbal cues of communication, (2) synthesize socially intuitive behaviors and (3) provide personalized support according to individual needs.

My research has lead to several top-tier conferences (CHI, HRI, IROS) and journal publications (RAM, Journal, Nature Communications on Digital Medecine). Building on my research to create effective robot-assisted support, my research at EPFL on Educational Robotics (NCCR Robotics) focused on the building autonomous robotic systems that provides enhanced and personalized training for learners. I have been managing the research activities concerning Robotics at the CHILI Lab on the CoWriter, the Cellulo and the ANIMATAS research projects. Within these projects, I supervised six PhD students working various topics dealing with the use of robots and technologies in education and ’re-education’ (motor-rehabilitation). 

See http://wafa.johal.org/

Human-Robot Interaction, Interactive Reasoning, Robots for Learning

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Biography

PHD POSITION AVAILABLE - please see contact me for more information or see http://wafa.johal.org/prospective/phd/

Dr Wafa Johal is Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Previously, Wafa was a researcher at the CHILI Lab and Mobots Group at EPFL. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Grenoble Alps. Her research aims at creating acceptable and useful assistive robot...view more

PHD POSITION AVAILABLE - please see contact me for more information or see http://wafa.johal.org/prospective/phd/

Dr Wafa Johal is Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Previously, Wafa was a researcher at the CHILI Lab and Mobots Group at EPFL. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Grenoble Alps. Her research aims at creating acceptable and useful assistive robot interactions using social signal sensing, affective and cognitive reasoning and natural expressivity. Her latest work has investigated the use of tangible robots in education and rehabiliation.

For more on her research visit http://wafa.johal.org/


My Research Activities

My research enables robots to provide close, continuous and personalized assistance to people adapting to their capabilities. To this end, I have developed methods to allow robots to (1) decipher human non-verbal cues of communication, (2) synthesize socially intuitive behaviors and (3) provide personalized support according to individual needs.

My research has lead to several top-tier conferences (CHI, HRI, IROS) and journal publications (RAM, Journal, Nature Communications on Digital Medecine). Building on my research to create effective robot-assisted support, my research at EPFL on Educational Robotics (NCCR Robotics) focused on the building autonomous robotic systems that provides enhanced and personalized training for learners. I have been managing the research activities concerning Robotics at the CHILI Lab on the CoWriter, the Cellulo and the ANIMATAS research projects. Within these projects, I supervised six PhD students working various topics dealing with the use of robots and technologies in education and ’re-education’ (motor-rehabilitation). 

See http://wafa.johal.org/

Human-Robot Interaction, Interactive Reasoning, Robots for Learning


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Human Robot Interaction

Interactive Reasoning

Human Computer Interaction

Technologies for Education

Applied Machine Learning

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