Dr David   Silvera
Senior Lecturer

Dr David Silvera

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

David is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre and an Senior Lecturer at UNSW's Creative Robotics Lab. David is a mechatronics researcher working in a variety of topics in sensing, human-robot interaction (HRI), human-computer interaction (HCI), data mining, and predictive analytics. He has significant experience in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of interactive technologies to improve healthcare service delivery and lifestyle. David has published over 50 articles in leading journals and conference. He has created national and international collaborations, received multiple international awards and attracted over AU$2.5M in research income.

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr David Silvera
    Chesher C; Silvera D, 2020, 'Robot handshake in space: touch and liveness-to-hand in human-technology relations', in Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Brown SA, 2019, 'Cross-Collaborative Approach to Socially-Assistive Robotics: A Case Study of Humanoid Robots in a Therapeutic Intervention for Autistic Children', in Korn O (ed.), Social Robots: Technological, Societal and Ethical Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction, Springer International Publishing, pp. 165 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17107-0_9
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Dunstan BJ; Silvera Tawil D; Koh JTKV, 2016, 'Cultural Robotics: Robots as Participants and Creators of Culture', in Dunstan BJ; Silvera Tawil D; Koh JTKV; Velonaki M (ed.), Cultural Robotics: First International Workshop, CR 2015, Held as Part of IEEE RO-MAN 2015, Kobe, Japan, August 31, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, pp. 3 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42945-8
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Strnadova I; Cumming TM, 2016, 'Social Stories in Robot Assisted Therapy for Children with ASD', in Kats Y (ed.), Supporting the Education of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, IGI, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 225 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0816-8.ch012
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Hussain MS; Li J, 2020, 'Emerging technologies for precision health: An insight into sensing technologies for health and wellbeing', Smart Health, vol. 15, pp. 100100 - 100100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smhl.2019.100100
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr David Silvera
    Roberts-Yates C; Silvera Tawil D, 2019, 'Better Education Opportunities for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Through Digital Technology', International Journal of Special Education, vol. 34, pp. 197 - 210
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Pocock C; Bradford D; Donnell A; Harrap K; Freyne J; Brinkmann S, 2018, 'CALD Assist-Nursing: Improving communication in the absence of interpreters.', J Clin Nurs, vol. 27, pp. 4168 - 4178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14604
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr David Silvera
    Freyne J; Bradford D; Pocock C; Silvera-Tawil D; Harrap K; Brinkmann S, 2018, 'Developing Digital Facilitation of Assessments in the Absence of an Interpreter: Participatory Design and Feasibility Evaluation With Allied Health Groups', JMIR Formative Research, vol. 2, pp. e1 - e1, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/formative.8032
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr David Silvera
    Ball AK; Rye DC; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M, 2017, 'How Should a Robot Approach Two People?', JOURNAL OF HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION, vol. 6, pp. 71 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.5898/JHRI.6.3.Ball
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Koh JTKV; Dunstan BJ; Silvera-Tawil D, 2016, 'Preface', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 9549
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Rye D; Soleimani M; Velonaki M, 2015, 'Electrical Impedance Tomography for Artificial Sensitive Robotic Skin: A Review', IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 15, pp. 2001 - 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2014.2375346
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Garbutt MD; Silvera-Tawil D, 2015, 'The far side of the uncanny valley: 'Healthy persons', androids, and radical uncertainty', Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2014, 'Interpretation of Social Touch on an Artificial Arm Covered with an EIT-based Sensitive Skin', International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-013-0223-x
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2014, 'Artificial skin and tactile sensing for socially interactive robots: A review', Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 63, pp. 230 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2014.09.008
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr David Silvera
    Tawil DS; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2013, 'Erratum: Interpretation of the modality of touch on an artificial arm covered with an EIT-based sensitive skin (The International Journal of Robotics Research (2012) 31: 13 (1627-1641) DOI: 10.1177/0278364912455441)', International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 32, pp. 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0278364912474543
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2012, 'Interpretation of the modality of touch on an artificial arm covered with an EIT-based sensitive skin', International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 31, pp. 1627 - 1642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0278364912455441
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2011, 'Improved image reconstruction for an EIT-based sensitive skin with multiple internal electrodes', IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 27, pp. 425 - 435, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TRO.2011.2125310
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr David Silvera
    Velonaki M; Silvera Tawil D; Rye D, 2010, 'Engagement, trust, intimacy: touch sensing for human-robot interaction', Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media, pp. 102 - 119
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr David Silvera
    Tawil DS; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2009, 'Improved EIT drive patterns for a robotics sensitive skin', Proceedings of the 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA 2009
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Dr David Silvera
    O'Reilly Z; Silvera-Tawil D; Tan DW; Zurr I, 2021, 'Validation of a Novel Theory of Mind Measurement Tool', in Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, ACM, presented at HRI '21: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3434074.3447135
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Dr David Silvera
    Xiao Y; Silvera D; Pagnucco M, 2020, 'Autonomous Behaviour Planning for Socially-Assistive Robots in Therapy and Education', Australia, presented at Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Australia, 08 December 2020
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Dr David Silvera
    Redd CB; Silvera-Tawil D; Hopp D; Zandberg D; Martiniuk A; Dietrich C; Karunanithi MK, 2020, 'Physiological Signal Monitoring for Identification of Emotional Dysregulation in Children.', in Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, IEEE, United States, pp. 4273 - 4277, presented at 2020 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, United States, 20 July 2020 - 24 July 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC44109.2020.9176506
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr David Silvera
    O’Reilly Z; Silvera Tawil D; Zurr I; Tan D, 2019, 'Theory of Mind and Social Robots: Attributing Mental States to Moving Robots', Germany, presented at Meet the Women in Robotics Workshop at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference, Germany, 26 June 2019
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr David Silvera
    Bruck S; Silvera Tawil D; Bradford D, 2019, 'There's a robot in my Classroom', Singapore, presented at sia Pacific Autism Conference 2019: Thriving with Autism, Singapore, 20 June 2019
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Bradford D; Roberts-Yates C, 2018, 'Talk to Me: The Role of Human-Robot Interaction in Improving Verbal Communication Skills in Students with Autism or Intellectual Disability', in 2018 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE, presented at 2018 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 27 August 2018 - 31 August 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/roman.2018.8525698
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Yates CR, 2018, 'Socially-Assistive Robots to Enhance Learning for Secondary Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism', in 2018 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE, presented at 2018 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 27 August 2018 - 31 August 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/roman.2018.8525743
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr David Silvera
    Bruck S; Silvera Tawil D; Bradford D, 2018, 'NAO Robot's New Role - Teaching in the classroom', Australia, presented at Autism In Education, Australia, 21 September 2018
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr David Silvera
    James-Martin G; Hendrie G; Silvera Tawil D; Freyne J; Brindal E; Noakes M, 2017, 'The effectiveness of a pharmacy delivered meal replacement program with and without a supportive app', Australia, presented at Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition, Australia, 28 November 2017
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr David Silvera
    Smith D; Sneddon A; Ward L; Duenser A; Freyne J; Silvera-Tawil D; Morgan A, 2017, 'Improving Child Speech Disorder Assessment by Incorporating Out-of-Domain Adult Speech', in Interspeech 2017, ISCA, Stockholm, Sweden, presented at Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, 21 August 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/interspeech.2017-455
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Brown SA; Silvera Tawil D; Gemeinboeck P; McGhee J, 2016, 'The case for conversation: a design research framework for participatory feedback from autistic children', in Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 605 - 613, presented at OzCHI '16 The 28th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 29 November 2016 - 02 December 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3010915.3010934
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Silvera-Tawil D; Takahashi T; Watanabe K; Velonaki M, 2016, 'How people perceive different robot types: A direct comparison of an android, humanoid, and non-biomimetic robot', in 2016 8th International Conference on Knowledge and Smart Technology, KST 2016, Kantary Hill Hotel Chiangmai, Thailand, pp. 265 - 270, presented at 2016 8th International Conference on Knowledge and Smart Technology (KST), Kantary Hill Hotel Chiangmai, Thailand, 03 February 2016 - 06 February 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/KST.2016.7440504
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Silvera-Tawil D; Watanabe K; Velonaki M, 2016, 'The influence of robot appearance and interactive ability in HRI: A cross-cultural study', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Kansas City, MO, USA, pp. 392 - 401, presented at International Conference on Social Robotics 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA, 01 November 2016 - 03 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47437-3_38
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Watanabe K; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M, 2016, 'Expectations towards two robots with different interactive abilities', in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 433 - 434, presented at 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 07 March 2016 - 10 March 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2016.7451792
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M; Rye D, 2015, 'Human-robot interaction with humanoid Diamandini using an open experimentation method', in Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 425 - 430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333674
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Silvera-Tawil D; Takahashi T; Velonaki M; Watanabe K, 2015, 'Perception of a humanoid robot: A cross-cultural comparison', in Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 821 - 826, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333613
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Watanabe K; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M; Matsumoto Y, 2015, 'Touching an Android robot: Would you do it and how?', in Proceedings - 2015 International Conference on Control, Automation and Robotics, ICCAR 2015, pp. 8 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICCAR.2015.7165993
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Haring KS; Watanabe K; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M; Takahashi T, 2015, 'Changes in perception of a small humanoid robot', in ICARA 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications, pp. 83 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICARA.2015.7081129
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Dunstan BJ; Silvera-Tawil D; Koh JTKV; Velonaki M, 2015, 'Cultural robotics: Robots as participants and creators of culture', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Kobe, Japan, pp. 3 - 13, presented at 2015 International Workshop in Cultural Robotics, Kobe, Japan, 31 August 2015 - 31 August 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42945-8_1
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Ball A; Rye D; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M, 2015, 'Group Vs. Individual comfort when a robot approaches', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 41 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_5
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Ball A; Rye D; Silvera-Tawil D; Velonaki M, 2015, 'Understanding group comfort through directional statistics', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 51 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_6
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr David Silvera
    Garbutt MD; Silvera-Tawil D, 2015, 'The far side of the uncanny valley: ‘healthy persons’, androids, and radical uncertainty.', in 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), (pp. 740-745)., 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Kobe, Japan, presented at 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Kobe, Japan, 31 August 2015 - 04 September 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333567
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Dr David Silvera
    Kerstin Sophie Haring ; Silvera Tawil D; Yoshio Matsumoto ; Mari Velonaki ; Katsumi Watanabe , 2014, 'Perception of an Android Robot in Japan and Australia: A Cross-Cultural Comparison', in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2014, Springer International Publishing, Sydney, Australia, pp. 166 - 175, presented at ICSR, Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2014 - 29 October 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11973-1_17
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Dr David Silvera
    Adrian Ball ; Silvera Tawil D; David Rye ; Mari Velonaki , 2014, 'Group Comfortability When a Robot Approaches', in Beetz M; Johnston B; Williams M (eds.), Social Robotics, Springer International Publishing, Sydney, Australia, pp. 44 - 53, presented at 6th International Conference, ICSR 2014, Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2014 - 29 November 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11973-1_5
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Dr David Silvera
    Velonaki M ; Silvera D; Rye, D. , 2013, 'Affective Human-Robot Interactions in Social Spaces: Two Case Studies', in Proceedings of the Workshop on Applications for Emotional Robots, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2013., Workshop on Applications for Emotional Robots, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Tokyo Japan, presented at Workshop on Applications for Emotional Robots, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Tokyo Japan, 03 March 2013 - 06 March 2014, http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/~odamm/papers/final_Silvera-Tawil.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Velonaki M; Rye D, 2012, 'EIT-based Sensitive Skin and Touch Interpretation for Human-Robot Interaction', in Lobo O; Corke P; Rusu RB (eds.), Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Workshops and Tutorials, Workshop on Advances in Tactile Sensing and Touch-Based Human-Robot Interaction, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Algarve [Portugal], presented at Workshop on Advances in Tactile Sensing and Touch-Based Human-Robot Interaction, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Algarve [Portugal], 07 October 2012 - 12 October 2012, https://www.sites.google.com/site/silveratawil/Publications
    Theses / Dissertations | 2012
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D, 2012, Artificial Skin and the Interpretation of Touch in Human-Robot Interaction, Sydney, Australia, https://www.sites.google.com/site/silveratawil/Publications
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2011, 'Touch modality interpretation for an EIT-based sensitive skin', in Proceedings of 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Shanghai, China, pp. 3770 - 3776, presented at 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai, China, 09 May 2011 - 13 May 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5979697
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Velonaki ; Rye , 2009, 'Artificial skin for human-robot interaction', in Artificial skin for human-robot interaction, Workshop on Tactile Sensing in Humanoids, IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, presented at Workshop on Tactile Sensing in Humanoids, IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 07 December 2009 - 10 December 2009
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Rye D; Velonaki M, 2009, 'Improved EIT drive patterns for a robotics sensitive skin', in Scheding S (ed.), Improved EIT drive patterns for a robotics sensitive skin, Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, presented at Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, 02 December 2009 - 09 December 2009
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D; Velonaki ; Rye , 2009, 'Engagement, trust and intimacy: interactions between a human and a robot', in Engagement, trust and intimacy: interactions between a human and a robot, Super Human: Revolution of the Species, presented at Super Human: Revolution of the Species, 25 November 2009 - 26 November 2009
    Theses / Dissertations | 2007
    Dr David Silvera
    Silvera Tawil D, 2007, Fish-Bird Circle B–Movement D

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