Jamy Li

Assistant Professor
Department of 
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Ryerson University

(May not be regularly updating this site)
Research Area: I study how to design robot-related technology & how the public interacts with autonomous technology (robots, autonomous vehicles, IoT devices).

Research Interests: socially assistive robots; autonomous vehicles; special populations; controlled experiments; research methods; closeness and social connection; user studies.


Trends in Human Robot Interaction, 2017-2020

Advanced Research Projects in Human Robot Interaction, 2017-2020

Module 6 (for Technical Computer Science and Business & IT Students): Intelligent Interaction Design (Introduction to Human Computer Interaction), 2017-2019

Foundations of Interaction Technology: HRI week / ScienceJam, 2019-2020

I-TECH Project, 2018-2019

Bachelor Thesis (Technical Computer Science), 2017

Master Thesis (Interaction Technology), 2017-2020

Please see Osiris for course information.

Selected Publications

Co-supervised or advised students are italicized. Publications at the top-tier computer science conferences such as CHI or HRI are comparable to the level of journal publications in other fields.

Non-participatory user-centered design of accessible teacher-teleoperated robot and tablets for minimally verbal autistic children
Jamy Li, Daniel Davison, Alyssa Alcorn, Alria Williams, Snezana Babovic Dimitrijevic, Suncica Petrovic, Pauline Chevalier, Bob Schadenberg, Eloise Ainger, Liz Pellicano and Vanessa Evers
PETRA 2020: PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments. 9 pages. (Accepted)

Jamy Li, Rebecca Currano, David Sirkin, David Goedicke, Hamish Tennent, Aaron Levine, Vanessa Evers and Wendy Ju
HRI 2020 (24% acceptance, Best Paper honorable mention)

Communicating dominance in a nonanthropomorphic robot using locomotion (with Andrea Cuadra, Brian Mok, Byron Reeves, Jofish Kaye and Wendy Ju) https://dl.acm.org/authorize?N673342// Movie: 
THRI 2019, 8(1): 4.

VR-OOM: Virtual Reality Operational On-road driving simulation Environment (with David Goedicke, Vanessa Evers and Wendy Ju) https://dl.acm.org/authorize?N677085 // Movie: 
CHI 2018 (24% acceptance).

Dialogue Design of a Robot-Based Face-Mirroring Game to Engage Autistic Children with Emotional Expressions (with Pauline Chevalier, Vicky Charisi, Bob Schadenberg, Vanessa Evers, Alyssa Alcorn, Liz Pelliciano, Suncica Petrovic)
ICSR 2017.
Children's Views on Identification and Intention Communication of Self-driving Vehicles (with Vicky Charisi, Azra Habibovic, Jonas Andersson and Vanessa Evers) https://dl.acm.org/authorizestats?N677086
IDC 2017 (pp. 399-404). ACM.

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2017, 21(4): 675-687.

CHI 2017 (pp. 336-341). ACM.
HRI 2016 (pp.575-575). IEEE Press.

Social robots and virtual agents as lecturers for video instruction (with Rene Kizilcec, Jeremy Bailenson and Wendy Ju) 
Computers in Human Behavior 2016, 55(B):1222–1230.

RO-MAN 2016. New York, NY.

SAE 2016. April 12-13, 2016. Detroit, MI.

AAAI Spring Symposium on Enabling Computing Research in Socially Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction, March 12-13, 2016. Palo Alto, CA.

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 77(May 2015): 23–37.

HRI 2015. Portland, OR. (25% acceptance)

ICMI 2015. Sydney, Australia.

International Journal of Social Robotics 2011, 3(2): 125-142.

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2011, 68(9): 589–602.


SYNERGIA (with University of Twente, Wageningen University and others)
Farmer-technology studies; design and evaluation of social (robot) interfaces for farmers

Living Well with Anne (with Windesheim University of Applied Sciences) 
Evaluation and measures for virtual agent system for elderly with dementia

DE-ENIGMA (with Bob Schadenberg, Daniel Davison, Vanessa Evers and DE-ENIGMA EU H2020 Consortium)
Dialogue management and human-robot interaction design for robot to support therapy between adult and autistic children

Learn and Play with Zeno (with Iris Heerlien, Kelly van Tol, Luuk van Kessel and Sverre Boer) 
Turn-taking game with a sensory stimulation ball and mobile base

PlantBot (with Max Meijer, Maaike Dokter, Christiaan Boersma, Ashwin Sadananda Bhat and Ernst Bohlmeijer) // Movie: 
Prototype of an Alexa-supported plant "robot" for minor depression

HRI 2018 Design Co-Chair (with David Sirkin) // flyer http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2018/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/HRI_2018_Poster.png / program booklet http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2018/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018_HRI_Program.pdfInDesign files  / certificate https://drive.google.com/open?id=15yDFspkkDj0IGYtpcgkrHz9Ryvw3XkCR & InDesign files 
Website design, flyer, program booklets and award certificate designs for international conference.

PaperDrawing (with Bram den Hond), part of Global Game Jam 2018
Prototype of a user-drawn side scroller game using a projector and a webcam. Won 1st prize based on audience vote.

DIRECTV Web + Mobile Experience (with Teresa Derrick, Hunter Ochs and Teresa Mak) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n0KMr7jExM7xXDIwM4ZQlO4ji0r3kFSN (password is the full file name with extension of my resume)
Conducted UX strategy, wireframes and research for launches of national offers, customer acquisition, self-care, loyalty, bundles, entertainment and new product initiatives.

Maya 7.0 (my manager was Jerome Maillot)
Programmer (and momentary Oscar-bearer) for Maya 7.0 with the rendering team at Alias (now Autodesk).


Uses tweepy for Twitter OAuth 1.0 and status object processing, speech processing (PyAudio) for ASR, gTTS and pydub for audio playback.

Dataset of all 50,000 cards from 1993-2013 with physical card prices captured on 23 Feb 2015 from TCGPlayer.com

RoboRun (with Sam Crognale) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n0KMr7jExM7xXDIwM4ZQlO4ji0r3kFSN
Event-driven FSM with localisation and planning in Python, Tkinter with Kre8 Hamster robots.

Javascript visualisations on cloud-based Heroku platform


PhD, Communication Research, Stanford University (2016)

MASc, Industrial Engineering & Knowledge Media Design, University of Toronto (2008)

BASc, Engineering Science, University of Toronto (2006)


Assistant Professor, Human-Media Interaction, University of Twente, 2016 - present

University of Twente Project Team Leader, De-Enigma H2020 Project, European Commission, 2017 - 2019

Research Fellow, DesignLab, University of Twente, 2018 - present


CHI 2021 Associate Chair (Topic: Understanding People A)

BIOROB 2020 Associate Editor (Topic: Human-Robot Interaction)

HRI 2019 Program Committee Member (Topic: Studies in HRI) and Session Chair (Topic: Trust & Privacy)

HRI 2018 Design Chair (with David Sirkin)

CHI 2018 Associate Chair (AC) (Topic: Understanding People B)

Stanford GradQ, Financial Officer, 2013-2016

Reviewer for HRI (2016-2020), CHI (2017, 2018, 2020), International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (2016-2018, 2020), Computers in Human Behavior (2016, 2019), RO-MAN (2016-2018), ICMI (2018), International Journal of Social Robotics (2018-2020), ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (2018-2019), Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (2018), Behaviour & Information Technology (2017, 2018), DIS (2019-2020), Computational Communication Research (2019), Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (2019), Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (2020), Israel Science Foundation grant (2020), Wiley-IEEE Press book proposal (2020)

Guest Speaker

4TU Collaborative Network on Expressive Robots, May 23, 2019. Utrecht, Netherlands.

Zorg&ICT. April 2018. Utrecht, NL.

BayCHI 2016. San Francisco.


HRI2019 Workshop on "Closeness with Robots" (with David Sirkin, Jan Van Erp and Birna van Riemsdijk)
The first HRI2019 Workshop on "Closeness with Robots" was held on March 11th 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM at EXCO Convention Center in Daegu, Korea.

Selected Press

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