HMC Speaker Bios

Please note: This will be a truly hybrid workshop. When we have confirmed how a given speaker will be attending, we’ll indicate this in brackets after their name. If there are no brackets after their name they have not yet confirmed how they’ll participate in the workshop.

Alexandra Zafiroglu

Alexandra Zafiroglu [virtual] is a Professor of Cybernetics at the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University and a Fellow of the ANU Futures scheme. After completing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Brown University in 2004, Alex commenced a diverse career at Intel Corporation. During her 15 years at Intel, Alex made significant contributions to the R&D and commercial development of technology across the Advanced Research, Digital Home and Internet of Things divisions, being listed as co-inventor on 11 patents. In 2016, Alex was appointed Principal Engineer in Social Science within the Internet of Things Division and was Intel’s foremost domain expert and research practitioner in homes and home life. Alex has also authored multiple publications, presented at academic, regional and industry conferences and is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community. Currently, she is interested in the role that social scientists play in exercising ethics, accountability, and data rights in the deployment of commercial cyber-physical systems.

Anna Ma-Wyatt is a professor at University of Adelaide and a co-director of IRL Crossing, a French Australian laboratory for human-autonomous agents teaming. She explores how human visual information is used to plan and execute interactive movements, while also researching on visual field loss and applied problems in vision. Before joining University of Adelaide, she worked as a Rachel C. Atkinson Fellow at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and a research associate at University of Western Australia. She completed her doctorate at Macquarie University.

Guy Hoffman

Guy Hoffman is an Associate Professor and the Mills Family Faculty Fellow in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor at IDC Herzliya and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Hoffman heads the Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC²) group, studying the algorithms, interaction patterns, and designs enabling the co-existence of people and robots in the workplace and at home. Among others, Hoffman developed the world’s first human-robot joint theater performance, and the first real-time improvising human-robot Jazz duet. His research papers won several top academic awards, including Best Paper awards in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. In both 2010 and 2012, he was selected as one of Israel’s most promising researchers under forty. His TEDx talk is one of the most viewed online talks on robotics, watched more than 3 million times. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University as part of the Adi Lautman interdisciplinary excellence scholarship program.

Primavera De Filippi

Primavera De Filippi is a Director of Research at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. Her research focuses on the legal challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, with specific focus on governance and trust.  As an artist, she produces mechanical algorithms that instantiate her legal research into the physical world, such as the Plantoid project (

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg [virtual] (Fellow) is William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair of Engineering at UC Berkeley and Chief Scientist of Ambi Robotics.  Ken leads research in robotics and automation: grasping, manipulation, and learning for applications in warehouses, industry, homes, agriculture, and robot-assisted surgery.  He is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley, with appointments in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Art Practice, the School of Information and UCSF Radiation Oncology.  Ken is Chair of the Berkeley AI Research Lab (60 faculty) and Director of the CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative (75 faculty across 4 UC campuses).  He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE).  He has published over 300 refereed papers, ten US patents, and was recognized as NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow (PECASE 1995), the Joseph Engelberger Award (2000), the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award (2001), and IEEE Fellow in 2005.

Ryan Hoque

Ryan Hoque [virtual] is a third year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley advised by Prof. Ken Goldberg. His work is focused on the intersection of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, specifically on the development of algorithms for interactive learning and execution, where control is shared intelligently between learning robots and their human supervisors. Ryan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, during which he worked on algorithms for robotic manipulation of deformable objects. Webpage:

Myriam Merad

Myriam Merad [in person] serves as Research Director/Professor at CNRS – UMR LAMSADE (Dauphine University). She leads research in Risk, resilience and sustainability governance and Decisions in safety, security and Health and Environment. Myriam is primarily interested in the link between Science and Decision and mainly in expertise framing, regulatory and policy analysis and participative/deliberative decision analysis.

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Nicolas Paget is a researcher at CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, working on the uses of digital tools to support agroecology.

Zena Assaad

Zena Assaad [virtual] is a senior research fellow within the School of Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU). She currently holds a fellowship position under the ethics uplift program with trusted autonomous systems, exploring human-machine teaming. She also co-produces and co-hosts the Algorithmic Futures podcast series. She previously studied a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and completed a PhD exploring decision making under uncertainty to support strategic air traffic flow management

William Lawless

William Lawless [virtual] is a Professor of Mathematics and Psychology at Paine College. His current research focuses on autonomous human-machine teams. He is the lead editor of seven published books on artificial intelligence, was the lead organiser of a 6-article special issue on “human-machine teams and explainable AI” by AI Magazine in 2019, was co-editor for the Naval Research & Development Enterprise (NRDE) Applied Artificial Intelligence Summit in San Diego in 2018, and has served as the lead organizer of twelve AAAI symposia at Stanford. He has authored or co-authored over 85 articles and book chapters and over 175 peer-reviewed proceedings. William is a Professional Engineer (Mechanical & Nuclear Waste Management Engineer), is on the Office of Naval Research’s two Advisory Boards for the Science of Artificial Intelligence and Command Decision Making, and has previously served as a member of the European Trustnet Hazardous Decisions group.

Keoni Mahelona

Keoni Mahelona [virtual] is the Chief Technology Officer at Te Hiku Media and a leading practitioner of indigenous data sovereignty. Originally from Anahola on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Keoni has been living and working in Te Hiku o Te Ika for over 10 years having first arrived in Aotearoa as a Fulbright Scholar. As a driving force behind the development of digital innovation projects that seek to secure the future of te reo Māori and other indigenous languages, Keoni makes decisions every day to protect the sovereignty of Māori data, from the digital tools deployed for advance projects to the storage of data and sharing data in appropriate and secure ways. 

Dylan Cawthorne [in person] is an Associate Professor at the Unmanned Aerial Systems Center at the University of Southern Denmark.  His aim is to support human flourishing through the development of ethically informed technologies.  His main area of research is using value sensitive design methods and ethical principles to develop and build prototype drones for humanitarian, public healthcare, and search and rescue operations.  He works across disciplines, utilizing art, craft, and creativity to enhance engineering practice.  A common theme in Dylan’s work is the use of holistic and contextually situated technological development.  He considers himself an activist engineer, and in his free time he teaches and performs repairs with the local nonprofit organization Repair Café Odense, and volunteers with Engineers Without Borders Denmark to develop low-cost cloth masks and mapping drones for use in Africa.

Jurriaan van Diggelen is a senior research scientist at the department Human-Machine Teaming at TNO in Soesterberg. He has studied Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University and has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Multi-agent systems. He is program leader of the defense research program Human-machine teaming focusing on making humans collaborate with AI systems as teammates. Furthermore, he leads the ELSA lab consortium which aims to assure Ethical, Legal, and Societal aspects of military Artificial Intelligence. He is chair of several NATO groups on meaningful human control of AI-based systems.

Caitlin Bentley

Caitlin Bentley is a Lecturer in AI Education at King’s College London. She is a member of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Hub Syllabus Lab, the A+ Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms network, and Women Reclaiming AI. In 2021, she was elected to the Council of the UK Cybernetics Society, and was later inaugurated as Secretary. She has held prior academic positions at the University of Sheffield, the 3A Institute, Australian National University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Caitlin’s research has predominately engaged with questions around how technology systems can be designed and implemented in ways that promote social inclusion, empowerment and democratic participation. 

Fred S. Roberts

Fred S. Roberts is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University and Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a US Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE). For 16 years he directed DIMACS, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, which was founded as one of the original US National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers.  Roberts is author of four books, editor of 25 other books, and author of 200 scientific articles. His recent edited books include the first book on maritime cyber security in 2017, a 2019 book on “Mathematics of Planet Earth,” and a 2021 book on “Resilience in the Digital Age.” His research deals with such topics as meaningfulness in measurement, mathematical social sciences, applications of graph theory, and homeland security, and he has been a leader in the world-wide effort called Mathematics of Planet Earth. Among his awards are the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers Pioneer Award and the award of Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Paris-Dauphine. You can find out more about Fred here.

Alexis Tsoukiás

Alexis Tsoukiás is a research director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the Laboratorie d’Analyse et de Modélisation de Systèmes d’Aide á la Décision (LAMSADE), located at the Université Paris Dauphine. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino and is the author of two books, editor of several books and special issues, and has published more than 90 journal articles. He has a long-standing interest in algorithmic decision theory and was responsible for introducing the concept of policy analytics to the academic world. He has also actively involved in applying his research to real-world problems. You can find out more about Alexis here and here.