Mike Ligthart

Mike Ligthart profile

Mike Ligthart is an assistant professor at the Social AI research group at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 2022 from the VU and Delft University of Technology. His main research activities are studying the child-robot relationship, creating interaction content in collaborations with artists, and developing reusable interaction design patterns for autonomous social robot behaviors.

Roles in Hybrid Intelligence: Participant, Supervisor

Hybrid Intelligence Research Objectives: Collaborative HI

Hybrid Intelligence Projects:

  • 1.29 Personalised long-term interaction with an application to educational robots
  • 2.14 Hybrid Content Generation for Personalized Child-Robot Interaction

Research interests: Child-robot Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship Building, Autonomous Social Robots, Interactive Content Design.


  • Social AI, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

More information: Website

Paper: Mike E.U. Ligthart, Mark A. Neerincx, and Koen V. Hindriks. 2022. Memory-Based Personalization for Fostering a Long-Term Child-Robot Relationship. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’22). IEEE Press, 80–89. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.5555/3523760.3523775