Team

Rosie Lab Members

Dr. Angelica Lim is the Director of the Rosie Lab, and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. Previously, she led the Emotion and Expressivity teams for the Pepper humanoid robot at SoftBank Robotics. She received her B.Sc. in Computing Science (Artificial Intelligence Specialization) from SFU and a Ph.D. and Masters in Computer Science (Intelligence Science) from Kyoto University, Japan. She has been featured on the BBC, TEDx, hosted a TV documentary on robotics, and was recently featured in Forbes 20 Leading Women in AI.

Passionate about diversity, she is the Director of Invent the Future (AI4ALL) program for Canada, teaches CMPT 120: Introduction to Computing Science and Programming and has developed the SFU Computer Science Teaching Toolkit, with the goal of inspiring people of all backgrounds to pursue Computing Science. She also teaches Introduction to Software Engineering and Affective Computing.

Dr. Jimin Rhim is a postdoctoral research fellow at ROSIE Lab and Mars Lab in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. She completed her Ph.D. in Graduate School of Culture & Technology at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 2020 and received her B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Design at KAIST. Her research interests include AI ethics, Roboethics, Affective robotics, Human-robot interaction (HRI), and cyberpsychology. She is also a part of the SFU MARS Lab.

Zhitian Zhang is an Ph.D. student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his M.Sc. in Engineering, specialized in computer engineering from Purdue University in 2017, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2015. During his time at Purdue University, he worked as a graduate research assistant in both computer science department and electrical and computer engineering department from 2016 to 2017. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, robotics and multi-modal systems. He is also a part of the SFU MARS Lab.

Bita Azari is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing Science at SFU. She received her M.Sc. degree in Computing Science (Human-Robot Interaction) from SFU in 2019 and her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Tehran in 2016. Her main research interests include Affective Computing, Human Robot Interaction and Cognitive Science.

Akihiro Matsufuji is a Ph.D. student at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo, Japan, and a visiting research student at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on multimodal emotion recognition/empathy modelings considering individual differences using data analysis/modeling. He received his an M.Eng. from Tokyo Metropolitan University and a B.Eng. from Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology.

Payam Jome Yazdian is an MSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his BSc degree in Software Engineering from the University of Sistan & Baluchestan, Iran, in 2014 and his MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2017. His main research interests include Affective Computing, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Cognitive Science, and Machine Learning.

Taher Ahmadi is an MSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2018.

His main research interests include Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Reinforcement Learning, Cognitive Science and Computational Neuroscience. He is also a part of the SFU MARS Lab.

Ghazal Saheb Jam is an MSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Tehran. She is interested in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Affective Computing, and Machine Learning. Apart from work, she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Roya Javadi is an MSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Sharif University of Technology in 2015. Her research interests are Affective Computing and Machine Learning. She also likes hiking, cooking and gardening.



Saba Akhyani is an MSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She received her BSc in Computer Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2018. Her research interests are Affective Computing, Human-Robot Interaction, Human-computer Interaction, and Cognitive Science.

Sasha Yao is a Bachelor's student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. Her interest is in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Machine Learning.

Emma Hughson received her B.Sc. in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in 2020. She also received a B.Sc (hons) in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2017. Her interests include Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Affective Computing, Machine Learning and Psychology.

James Thompson is a senior in the Data Science major at the SFU Faculty of Science. His research interests include statistical learning and clustering. He is an Undergraduate Data Science Award winner and former chef.

Bronwyn Biro is a BSc student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include machine learning, human-robot interaction, and multi-modal signal processing.

Lab Alumni

  • Anthony Cheung, B.Sc. candidate

  • David Pham, B.Sc. candidate

  • Subin Bae, B.Sc. candidate

  • Anastasia Akkuzu, B.A. candidate

  • Trista Townsend, Research Volunteer

  • Kathleen Moriarty, now M.Sc. candidate at the SFU Medical Image Analysis Lab

  • Nadia Hazar, B.Sc. candidate