CSE is excited to welcome Francisco Cruz Naranjo as our newest lecturer in robotics, who brings his experience from around the world to UNSW Sydney.  

Francisco received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Santiago, Chile, in 2004 and 2006. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2017, working on cognitive robotics and particularly on interactive reinforcement learning. He was a visiting researcher at the Emergent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University, Japan in 2015, and at the Polytechnic School, University of Pernambuco, Brazil in 2018. 

Previous to joining UNSW, he was a Lecturer in emergent technologies and robotics at the School of IT, Deakin University, Australia. His current research interests include human-robot interaction, cognitive and developmental robotics, interactive and explainable learning, reinforcement learning and affordances, as well as psychological and bio-inspired models. 

Francisco is currently recruiting PhD students to work in topics such as social and cognitive robotics, reinforcement learning, interactive machine learning, explainability, and multi-agent systems. Contact him here.