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Research profile

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 2006 2019

59 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Applied Behavior Analysis
Direction compound
67 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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

64 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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

33 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

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

35 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

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

Social Behavior
Interpersonal Relations
Public Opinion

Activities 2018 2018

  • 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

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

Emilia I. Barakova


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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