I serve as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in joint affiliation with the department of Human-Centered Design at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, commonly known as IIIT-Delhi. I am also serving Centre for Design and New Media as the head and am associated with Infosys Centre for Artificial Intelligence.
The broad aim of my research is to empower machines with adaptive and emotional interaction ability that can improve quality of life in health and social care. Central to my research is the investigation of the interpretation algorithms and techniques to infer knowledge about the user’s emotional and interaction state from the audio-visual, behavioural and/or physiological signals. I am also interested in empowering social robots with computational models of human’s social intelligence which can assist in the cognitive rehabilitation and diagnosis of the developmental disorders, such as intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My research interests also include ethical aspects of employing social robots, particularly among challenged communities. Accordingly, my research is highly interdisciplinary, having an overlap with areas in affective computing (AC), artificial intelligence (AI), human-computer interaction (HCI), and machine learning (ML). My research has been disseminated in several journals and conferences of international reputation, including ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, and International Journal of Social Robotics.
At IIIT-Delhi, I am involved in teaching of courses on Affective Computing (AC: CSE661/DES507), Machine Learning (ML:CSE343/ECE343), and Social Robotics (SR: CSE633A). I strongly believe that being a teacher allows me to get inspired and to learn from some of the best minds of the younger generations simultaneously.