Hi! I’m Angelica, and I’m an A.I. roboticist. I’m am Assistant Professor in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University and lead the SFU Rosie Lab, where we build artificial intelligence software for robots to interact with social intelligence and empathy.
Ever since I was little, I imagined robots as kind and compassionate. I wondered: “Could a robot have feelings?” and “How would that even work?” My research addresses this question by combining neuroscience, machine learning and developmental psychology.
I have a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Kyoto University, Japan, specializing in AI applied to Robotics, and a B.Sc. in Computing Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Previously, I led the Emotion and Expressivity teams for the Pepper humanoid robot at SoftBank Robotics.
Passionate about diversity, I’m also Director of the Invent the Future (AI4ALL) program for Canada. I’ve also developed the SFU Computer Science Teaching Toolkit, with the goal of inspiring people of all backgrounds to pursue Computing Science.
Keywords: robotics, artificial emotion, human-robot interaction, signal processing, multimodal gesture recognition, machine learning, SIRE emotion model, affective computing, entertainment robotics.