Lola Cañamero

Reader in Adaptive Systems
Head of the Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action (EECAiA) Lab
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
Phone: +44-(0)1707-284357.
Fax: +44-(0)1707-284303.

This page last updated: June 7, 2017

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My main research interests center around the study of adaptive intelligent behavior, which I am exploring with embodied artificial autonomous creatures (robots and artificial life simulations). I focus on motivated behavior and social interaction, with particular emphasis on the role(s) that emotional phenomena and their expression play in them.

This page is only occasionally maintained. For more up-to-date information, please visit:

  • My Emotion Modeling website, which contains detailed information and videos of my and my group's work, as well as our publications
  • My University of Hertfordshire official page

  • Here you can find out more about:

  • ROBIN, the autonomous toddler robot with diabetes to support diabetes management in children
  • The EC-funded FP7 project ALIZ-E (Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Social Interaction) in which I lead the thematic area Non-Verbal Interaction.
  • The EC-funded FP6 project FEELIX GROWING (FEEL, Interact, eXpress: a Global appRoach to develOpment With INterdisciplinary Grounding), which I coordinated (COMPLETED).
  • The EC-funded FP6 Network of Excellence HUMAINE (Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion), in which I led the thematic area Emotion in Cognition and Action (COMPLETED).

  • Alumnus of:

  • LEGO Lab, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Aarhus: visiting scientist.
  • Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA), Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC): research scientist
  • VUB AI Lab: postdoctoral fellow in the group of Luc Steels.
  • MIT AI Lab: postdoctoral fellow in the group of Rodney Brooks.
  • LRI, University of Paris-XI: PhD in Computer Science under the supervision of Yves Kodratoff, Inference and Learning group.
  • School of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM): Bachelors and Masters degree in Philosophy.