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.

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.

Paige Tuttöis a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing Science at SFU. Her current research interests are human computer/human robot interaction, technology aided language learning and general social good uses for AI. Before all of this, Paige used to be a physical anthropologist and studied Asian religion, then she turned to statistics and computer engineering and dabbled in French the whole way through. When Paige is not studying, TAing or working too many RAships she likes to ski, dance ballet, compete in agility with her dog and play around with FPGA boards. Website

Payam Jome Yazdian is a Ph.D. 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.

Yasaman Etesam is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing Science at SFU. She received her M.Sc. degree in Computing Science from SFU and her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran. Her main research interests are Computer Vision, Affective Computing, and Natural Language Processing.

Chuxuan (Shay) Zhang is an M.Sc. student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She received her BA degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of British Columbia with high distinction. Her current research interests are affective computing and Human-Robot Interaction, especially in human emotion recognition. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine from Xiamen University, China.

Lab Alumni

  • Taher Ahmadi, M.Sc.

  • Saba Akhyani, M.Sc., now at Kabam

  • Emma Hughson, M.Sc., now at Cambridge Consulting

  • Roya Javadi, M.Sc., now at Zippin

  • Ghazal Saheb Jam, M.Sc., now at SAP

  • Akihiro Matsufuji, Ph.D. now at Panasonic

  • Sasha Yao, B.Sc.

  • James Thompson, B.Sc., now at University of Alberta

  • Bronwyn Biro, B.Sc., now at Bloomberg

  • Jimin Rhim, Post Doc, now at McGill University

  • Anastasia Akkuzu, B.A., now at Uppsala University

  • Anthony Cheung, B.Sc. candidate

  • David Pham, B.Sc. candidate

  • Subin Bae, B.Sc. candidate

  • Trista Townsend, Research Volunteer

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

  • Nadia Hazar, B.Sc. candidate