I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington under the advisement of Professor Dr. Fillia Makedon. I am also assistant director of Heracleia Lab.
In 2019, I received my Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Bremen under the supervision of Professor Dr.-Eng. Axel Gräser. The title of my Ph.D. Thesis is: "Robot learning from human demonstrations for human-robot synergy". Before that, I received my M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and my M.Sc. degree in Automation Systems both from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
My primary research interests are in the fields of Robot Learning from Human Demonstrations, Human-Robot Interaction and Assistive Robotics with a special focus on Enhancing Human Performance.
email: maria.kyrarini (at) uta.edu
January 2021 - I am co-organizing the COVID-19 Workshop on AI and Digital Technologies in Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond at the PETRA 2021 conference.
December 2020 - Invited Speaker to Robotics at Leeds at the University of Leeds, UK.
November 2020 - Our conference paper "PNEUMON: A DDDAS Framework to Detect Fatigue and Dyspnea in COPD" is online.
October 2020 - Our conference papers "Towards a Real-Time Cognitive Load Assessment System for Industrial Human-Robot Cooperation" and "A Multi-modal System to Assess Cognition in Children from their Physical Movements" are online.
September 2020 - The first Women in Computer Science and Engineering: Mentoring Seminar by Prof. Melisa Orta Martinez (Carnegie Mellon University) was very successful! Join us for the upcoming mentoring seminars!
June 2020 - Our article "Personal Devices and Smartphone Applications for Detection of Depression" has been published in Psychiatric Annals Journal.
April 2020 - Our Late-Breaking Report "Cognitive performance assessment based on everyday activities for Human-Robot Interaction" has been published in the 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. Video presentation is also online.
February 2020 - I taught the research workshop "Developing a Hands-free Interface for Human-Robot Interaction using Supervised Machine Learning" in the Diversity event OurCS@DFW. Congratulations to the workshop participants Shreyosi Endow, Nancy Mathew, and Nikita Menon for winning honorable mention.
December 2019 - Our paper "Application of Reinforcement Learning to a Robotic Drinking Assistant" has been published by Robotics.
September 2019 - I have been selected and invited to participate in the STEM Faculty Launch Workshop at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Massachusetts (October 2019). I have also been invited to give a presentation regarding my research on robot learning and human-robot interaction to the robotics engineering team there. The details of the presentation can be found here.