Dr Wafa Johal is Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Previously, Wafa was a researcher at the CHILI Lab and Mobots Group at EPFL. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Grenoble Alps. Her research aims at creating acceptable and useful assistive robot interactions using social signal sensing, affective and cognitive reasoning and natural expressivity. Her latest work has investigated the use of tangible robots in education and rehabiliation.
For more on her research visit http://wafa.johal.org/
2020 UNSW Faculty of Engineering 2020 Award for the category Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
2020 Best Demo Award for our paper CoWritng Kazakh - Learning a New Script with a Robot Demonstration.
2019 Best Reviewer Award for the 27th International Conference on Computers in Education.
2018 Best Paper Award Honorable Mention. When Deictic Gestures in a Robot Can Harm Child-Robot Collaboration.ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC 2018), Trondheim, Norway.
2017 Best Paper Award: ACM Human-robot Interaction Conference (HRI), Vienna, Austria.
2015 Winner of the Social Touch Challenge at International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI). Nov. 2015.
2015 Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, ACM Human-robot Interaction Conference 2015 (HRI), Portland, USA.
2015 HRI Pioneers : International Conference on Human Robot Interaction 2015 (HRI), Portland, USA