Dr Severin Lemaignan

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Dr Séverin Lemaignan is a Senior Researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol.
His research interests primarily concern the socio-cognitive aspects of human-robot interaction, both from the perspective of the human cognition and the design of cognitive architectures for the robots.  More recently, he has been focusing his experimental work on child-robot interactions in educative settings, exploring how robots can support teachers and therapists to develop effective and engaging novel learning paradigms. 

Previously, he obtained a joint PhD in Cognitive Robotics from the CNRS/LAAS (France) and the Technical University of Munich (Germany) for which he received the ‘Best PhD in Robotics 2012’ award from French CNRS. He then conducted his research as Research Fellow at EPFL (Switzerland) and Plymouth University (UK) where he was Lecturer in Robotics until 2018. Dr Séverin Lemaignan has been involved in several European projects related to social and cognitive robotics: CHRIS (Cooperative Human Robot Interaction Systems), DREAM (Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders), L2TOR (Second language TutOring using social Robots). He has also been  awarded in 2015 a EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for his project DoRoThy (Donating Robots a Theory of Mind).

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