Malcolm Doering is a PhD student at Osaka University in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory and currently an intern at ATR. His advisors are Dr. Dylan F. Glas and Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro. The focus of his research is on learning interaction behaviors for social robots from examples of natural human-human interaction, with minimal input from a human designer (this is accomplished with unsupervised learning). In particular, he is applying a variety of machine learning techniques to train an android (named ERICA) to play the role of a travel agent, and use knowledge of the structure of the interaction to resolve ambiguous customer actions.


Malcolm received his M.S. in computer science from Michigan State University in 2015, and a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in linguistics also from MSU in 2013. While at MSU he worked with Dr. Joyce Y. Chai, head of the Language and Interaction Research Laboratory (LAIR), on modeling changes of state associated with action verbs.

He has been living in Japan for two years. Outside of his research he enjoys hiking, fishing, and practicing judo.

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