Kerstin Dautenhahn is Research Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group. She has pioneered research in social robotics, human‐robot interaction, and assistive technology and published more than 300 research articles. Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She organizes international conferences and has been Principal Investigator of her research team in several European FP5/6/7 projects. Prof. Dautenhahn is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, as well as Associate Editor of several other international journals.