The University of Hertfordshire Higher Education Corporation

The School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire is one of the largest in the UK and it ranks first in the UK amongst new universities for post‐2008 RAE‐funding in Computer Science and Informatics, with 55% of research outputs identified as internationally excellent or world leading.

The Adaptive Systems Research Group at University of Hertfordshire is a strongly interdisciplinary team including roboticists, biologists, cognitive scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists. The group has particular expertise e.g. in Social Robotics, Human‐Robot Interaction as well as Robot Learning, Learning by Observation, Cognitive Technology, Biological Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Emergence of Language and Communication, and Evolutionary Computation. Associated to the group is the Hertfordshire Interactive Systems and Robotics Laboratory that is particularly suited for experiments involving physical robots, social interaction and human‐computer user studies. Studies involving robot companions, including Human‐robot interaction studies and robot‐robot collaborative scenario are carried out in the UH Robot House. The Robot House is a residential property owned by the University of Hertfordshire, providing an ecologically valid environment for carrying out human‐robot interaction studies for home companions. Since 2005 studies in the Robot House with elderly and others users have been carried out. The group is very active in organising international conferences and editing books and journals. The research group was founded in 2000 by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn and Prof. Chrystopher L. Nehaniv and has grown to currently include 5 academic research staff, 18 research fellows/assistant and 16 PhD students. The group is currently involved in several FP7 EU projects including LIREC, RoboSkin, I‐Talk, ALIZ‐E.

The University of Hertfordshire has been awarded the European Commission ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge. The University is one of only 23 UK Universities to have been awarded this badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Role in SCRIPT: leader of WP6, WP7 and WP10, as well as smaller contributions to other work packages.

Expertise in SCRIPT: coordination, adaptive human‐robot interaction, tele‐robotics, and therapeutic robots.