About

I am currently a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a joint venture between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. I am a member of the Cognitive Assistive Robotic Environments (CARE) Group at Heriot-Watt University. I am supervised by Dr. Mauro Dragone, and Prof. Subramanian Ramamoorthy.

I received my integrated engineering Master’s degree in Computing and Electronics from Heriot-Watt University. More recently, I was also awarded a Master of Science by Research degree in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, as part of my CDT programme.

My research interests are focused around personalisation and adaptation of in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), including robotics, covering topics such as: Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) learning, Human Activity Recognition (HAR), reinforcement learning, active learning, modelling of user preferences and adaptatioins, cognitive architectures, and semantic communication and representations. Within the scope of my PhD, I aim to demonstrate how a combination of these concepts can come together to improve the overall acceptability and scalability of AAL systems.

Currently, my research is focused on the use of natural language in active learning scenarios in the home environment. In particular, I am considering a Human Activity Recognition (HAR) use case where pre-trained activity recognition models are updated to better suit a particular user and/or environment using labels gathered from the user via natural language. This requires that the system be able to initiate and maintain relevant contextual dialogues to extract the relevant information for inference of a valid existing (or in some cases, new) label.