Kerstin Dautenhahn, a trained biologist, is Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at University of Hertfordshire, where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group.
Her main research areas are Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents and Artificial Life. Her research goals are the investigation
of social intelligence and individual interactions in groups
of autonomous agents, including humans and other animals,
software agents and robots. She researches all kinds of
"social interaction" and co-operation, including movements,
communication, the role of "internal states" and embodiment
for intelligent behavior, and the way other agents interpret
the behavior and "intentions" of human-made artifacts.
is a former member of the Department of Cybernetics at Reading University, the Department of Biological Cybernetics
at University of Bielefeld, the AI-Lab at GMD in Sankt Augustin
and the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Brussels.
She is Editor in Chief of the Journal Interaction Studies, and Associate Editor of Adaptive Behavior, the International Journal of Social Robotics, and the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development.
With V2_, she published the text Life, Intelligence and other Dangerous Constructions of Mind and Matter in 1997s TechnoMorphica.