Merijn Bruijnes works as a post-doc researcher on artificial social agents and dialogue systems at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His research interests include, but are not limited to, artificial social agents, dialogue systems, and the effect technology has on humans.
His current projects include the Horizon 2020 EU projects ARIA VALUSPA and Council of Coaches. His thesis focussed on the design and evaluation of a virtual agent that plays the role of a suspect in role-play training of police interviews. This ‘virtual suspect’ can be used by students of the police academy to hone their interrogation skills. Additionally, he is interested in the societal impact that novel technologies has on society, for example telepresence robotics (see project *Bot). His interest in new technologies also extend to the food domain where he used interactive technology to improve the experience of food and drinks (see project Tasty Bits & Bytes). Merijn received several awards and prices, including best paper awards and an award for popular media coverage of his research. Merijn holds a Ph.D. from the Human Media Interaction Group (HMI) of the University of Twente, the Netherlands and an M.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics.
Areas of interest: artificial social agents, embodied conversational agents, affective computing, dialogue systems, human computer interaction, police interrogations, mixed reality, food, methodology, user evaluations