Daniel Hernández García

Postdoctoral Research Associate in HRI at Heriot-Watt University.


I am Dr. Daniel Hernández García, I am a researcher in Robotics, Cognitive Sciences, Human-Robot Interactions, Robots for Therapy and Care and Social Robots.

Since 2020 I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Interaction Lab, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.

Previously I’ve been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the COGNITIVE ROBOTICS LAB in the Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and a Postdoct at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems in Plymouth University (United Kingdom). I received my MSc. degree in Robotics and Automation and my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

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Currently, I work in the SPRING EU project, my research is focused on developing socially aware robots with the capacity for cognitive interactions, with a particular emphasis into bringing socially assistive robots into gerontological healthcare. Using data-driven and reinforcement learning approaches for Human-Robot Interaction, the ultimate goal is to have a robot that is able to understand various individual and group social situations, take appropriate decisions, and engage in face-to-face multi-modal dialogue with multiple people.

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My most recent publication:

Yaniv Hanoch; Francesco Arvizzigno; Daniel Hernández García; Sue Denham; Tony Belpaeme; Michaela Gummerum. The Robot Made Me Do It: Human–Robot Interaction and Risk-Taking Behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. November 2020.

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“I am amused to observe that you think I am a coward. As to that I will say only one word, and that shall be entirely in the manner of your own philosophical rhetoric. You think that it is possible to pull down the President. I know that it is impossible, and I am going to try it”

G. K. Chesterton. The Man Who Was Thursday.

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