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 Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) personalisation and adaptation of a companion / human support robot in an Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) context. My research touches on topics such as: Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) learning, Human Activity Recognition (HAR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), active learning, interactive learning, dialogue systems, and hyrbid approaches that combine machine learning and semantic knowledge. Within the scope of my PhD, I aim to demonstrate how a companion robot can become the interaction partner of assistive systems designed to enable individuals to live healthily in their own home for longer.

My recent research has focused on the use of dialogue systems to enable active learning of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) in a smart home environment. In particular, I am considering how activity recognition models can be created from scratch using the user as the only labelling source, but also how a pre-existing model can be transferred to a new user and/or environment through interaction.