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Emilia Barakova is Assistant Professor of Socially Intelligent Systems. She is the head of the Social Robotics Lab, leader of the Physical and Social Rehabilitation educational squad, and an editor of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Associate Editor of International Journal of Social Robotics and Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. Barakova is an expert in the field of embodied social interaction with and through technology, social, cognitive and brain-inspired robotics, modeling expressiveness of movement and designing technologies for individuals in social isolation and special needs groups. She has specialized in combining methods from neuro- and cognitive sciences, robotics, and computational intelligence to model social behavior. Several of her research projects focus on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), elderly with dementia, and embodying emotions and intelligence in robots.

Barakova has organized three international conferences (1 ACM, 2 IEEE), has co-edited 7 special issues in journals with an average impact factor of 2.595, has been invited as Keynote speaker at many international conferences. She has served as an intermediate director of German-Japanese Research Lab in Japan.

Academic background

After obtaining a Master diploma from Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, Emilia Barakova worked as a researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Science before going on to do her PhD research into artificial intelligence at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Since then, she has held several research positions at GMD-Japan Research lan  and RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan. She returned to the Netherlands in 2006, taking up a position at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), as Assistant Professor. She has made her interest in social robots into a cornerstone of her research at TU/e.

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Research Output

Promoting question-asking in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders : effectiveness of a robot intervention compared to a human-trainer intervention

Huskens, B., Verschuur, R., Gillesen, J. C. C., Didden, R. & Barakova, E. I., 2013, In : Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 16, 5, p. 345-356 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 66 Citations (Scopus)
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    Expressing and interpreting emotional movements in social games with robots

    Barakova, E. I. & Lourens, T., 2010, In : Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 14, 5, p. 457-467 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 70 Citations (Scopus)
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    Communicating emotions and mental states to robots in a real time parallel framework using Laban movement analysis

    Lourens, T., Berkel, van, R. E. A. & Barakova, E. I., 2010, In : Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 58, 12, p. 1256-1265

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 64 Citations (Scopus)
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    From training to robot behavior : towards custom scenarios for robotics in training programs for ASD

    Gillesen, J. C. C., Barakova, E. I., Huskens, B. & Feijs, L. M. G., 2011, Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), June 29 - July 1, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 1-7

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • 36 Citations (Scopus)
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    Social training of autistic children with interactive intelligent agents

    Barakova, E. I., Feijs, L. M. G. & Gillesen, J. C. C., 2009, In : Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. 8, 1, p. 23-34

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 38 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 1 Conference
    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Membership of committee

    tenth International Conference on Social Robotics

    E.I. Barakova (Organiser)
    28 Nov 201830 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2018 (Event)

    E.I. Barakova (Chair)
    27 Aug 201831 Aug 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Interdisciplinary Workshop on Movement Grammars: Brains, Robots and Dance

    E.I. Barakova (Organiser), R.E.A. van Berkel (Organiser), Steven Batts (Organiser), Carlos Herrera Perez (Organiser), Sarah Whatley (Organiser)
    4 Jun 20188 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Press / Media

    Workshop on user- and ambient-adaptive gerontechnologies (WAGER 2015)

    Emilia I. Barakova


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Workshop on user- and ambient-adaptive gerontechnologies (WAGER)

    Emilia I. Barakova


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Student theses

    AILA: ultra personalised textile services

    Author: van Engelen, Y., Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Barakova, E. (Supervisor 1) & Wensveen, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Author: Smoor, D., 2016

    Supervisor: Barakova, E. (Supervisor 1) & de Waart, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Autside: a products that empower social interactions project

    Author: Reijnders, S., 2013

    Supervisor: Barakova, E. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Author: Zwaan, F., 2016

    Supervisor: Barakova, E. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Creating robots with personality: the effect of robot's personality on its social intelligence

    Author: Mileounis, A., 31 May 2015

    Supervisor: Cuijpers, R. (Supervisor 1), Ham, J. (Supervisor 2) & Barakova, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master