Catharine Oertel

Catharine Oertel profile

Catharine received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Roles in Hybrid Intelligence: Assistant Professor

Hybrid Intelligence Research Objectives: Collaborative HI; Lead- Dialog Cluster

Hybrid Intelligence Projects:

  • 20 VU Enabling co-regulation for long-term engaging semi-structured conversations
  • 35. TUD (assoc) Memory for Conversational Agents
  • 36. TUD (assoc) Developing a computational model of perspectives for human-robot interaction
  • TUD (assoc) Conversational AI for Social Good

Research interests: Her research interests lie on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. She uses multi-modal social signal processing to estimate conversational dynamics and generate attentive and affective dialogue behaviours in the agent or robot. Much of her research has also focused on modeling interaction with and in groups, either in the context of unconstrained or “in the wild” social talk. Lately she has mainly focused on the modelling of conversational memory for human-robot interaction.


  • Interactive Intelligence, TU Delft

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