Personal Details

Name: Prof. Dr. Vanessa Evers

Director, NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor of Social AI, School of Computer Science and Engineering (and Courtesy appointment, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

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Professor of Human Media Interaction, Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, University of Twente, the Netherlands

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BIO: Vanessa Evers is a full professor of Computer Science at Nanyang technological University in Singapore and the Director of the Institute for Science and Technology for Humanity.

She is the founder of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. She received an M.SC. in Information Systems (now Data Science) from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the Open University, UK.

During her Master studies she spent two years at the Institute of Management Information Studies of the University of New South Wales, Sydney. After her Ph.D. she has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, London and later became an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Informatics. She was a visiting researcher at Stanford University (2005-2007). Her research interests focus on Socially Intelligent Computing (Designing the way people interact with intelligent and autonomous systems such as robots) as well as cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction.

Vanessa is frequently interviewed about her work on Social Robotics as well as the impact of robots and AI on Society on national tv, radio, newspapers or magazines. She has published almost 200 peer reviewed publications, many of which in high quality journals and conferences in human computer interaction and human robot interaction. She has organised conferences such as ACM/IEEE HRI, ICSR, CABS, IWIPS, CSCW, she serves on Program Committees of ACM/IEEE HRI, ACM SIGCHI, HSI, ACM CSCW and ACM Multimedia. Vanessa is an editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics and for the Journal of Human Robot Interaction. She has presented her work internationally at many high profile events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos (2016) and the European Heads of State Digital Summit in Tallinn (2017).


Doctorate: October 1997 – October 2001
The Institute of Educational Technology – Open University
Title of thesis: Cultural Aspects of User Interface Understanding: An empirical Evaluation of an E-learning Website by International User Groups. Advisors: prof. dr. Ann Jones and dr. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme.

Master’s: September 1992 – October 1997
Business Information Systems, University of Amsterdam.
Included 1 year exchange studentship and 1 year MSc research project at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Title of thesis: Cultural Aspects of User Interface Understanding Advisor: dr. Donald Day.

Professional Appointments

Full Professor: August 2019-now. Computer Science Department, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Director: August 2019-now. NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity. Singapore

Vice-Dean: Faculty EEMCS, University of Twente (June 2018-June 2022)

Member of Supervisory Board, Open University: December 2015-December 2019.

Scientific Director: September 2014 – Now. DesignLab, University of Twente, the Netherlands The DesignLab is a creative and cross-disciplinary ecosystem at the University of Twente, connecting science and society through design. Faculty and students from various disciplines work together with companies and governments on societal challenges, inspired by novel scientific insights.

Full Professor and Chair: September 2011 – Now. Human Media Interaction group, University of Twente, the Netherlands.                                                                                                                   The Human Media Interaction (HMI) group is part of the Computer Science Department and consists of about 14 staff and 26 PhD students. The focus of the group is on intelligent multimodal human-computer interaction. HMI has a proven track record of participating in multidisciplinary EU research projects and publishing in high end academic conferences and journals. The University of Twente (UT) employs 3300 staff and has 9000 students. It is part of the 3TU federation together with the technical universities of Eindhoven and Delft. The CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology) of the University of Twente is one of the largest academic ICT research institutes in Europe with over 475 researchers. A clear focus of CTIT is the integration of technology-based research and its application in specific domains.

Assistant Professor: February 2007 – August 2011. Human Computer Studies Lab, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Visiting Scholar: September 2008. Department of Industrial Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Visiting Scholar: August 2005 – January 2007, CSLIHCI labCHIME labPersuasive technology labComputational Learning lab, Stanford University, CA, USA.

Assistant Professor: Aug 2002 – Aug 2005. Sociaal Wetenschappelijke Informatica, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Human Computer Studies Lab, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Boston Consulting Group: November 2000-November 2001. Usability lead, Boston Consulting group, London, UK. (BCG’s worldwide usability practice, International Localisation expert, third party systems integrator management, human factors research and client case work)

Self employment: September 1998 – November 2002.
Self employed, Milton Keynes, UK. (expert reviews for instance for the Nielsen Norman group, usability studies, human factors research, website localisation)


September 1996 -September 1997
Contract research staff, University of New South Wales, Sydney. (Develop course material, assist teaching and research)

May 1995 -August 1995
Project work, Koninklijke Wegenbouw Stevin, Utrecht, the Netherlands. (Developed a geographical Information tool for planning and executing roadwork in inner city Utrecht.


 Boards, Steering, Review and Selection committees (National)

 Boards, Steering, Review and Selection committees (International)

  • Member Open Roboethics Initiative
  • Member executive board Foundation for Responsible Robotics 2015-
  • Member of IFIP-UNESCO (International Federation of Information Processing), the global non-profit umbrella organization of societies of ICT professionals. In TC-13 Human Computer Interaction, NL representative. 2014-
  • Member Grant Review Board Norwegian Scientific Council 2015-
  • European Commission Grant Review Board, 2013-
  • ACM SIGCHI Public Policy Committee Member, 2012-
  • Co-Chair Human-Robot Interaction Steering Committee (2013-2015)

Advisory positions

International Academic Organisation

  • ACM CHI 2021, PC member
  • ACM CSCW 2018, General CO-Chair
  • ACM CHI 2018, PC member
  • ACM CSCW 2016, Late Breaking Poster Chair
  • ACM/IEEE HRI 2015, PC member
  • ICMI 2015, PC member
  • CABS 2014, General Co-chair
  • ACM CSCW 2014, PC Member
  • HRI 2014, PC member, Steering Committee Chair
  • ICRA (International Conference on Robotics and Automation) 2014, Organising committee member
  • ICIC (International Conference on Intercultural Communication) 2013, General Chair
  • ACM SIGCHI 2013, PC member
  • HRI (Human Robot Interaction) 2013, General co-chair
  • HBU (International Workshop on Human Behaviour) at IROS (Intelligent Robots and Systems) 2012, PC member
  • Social Computing 2012, Doctoral Consortium Chair
  • ICMI (International Conference on Multimodal Interaction) 2012 Area Chair HRI
  • WWW 2012, PC member
  • HRI 2012, Program co-chair
  • ICIC 2012, General Chair
  • AMI  (International Conference on Ambient Intelligence) 2011, Demo co-chair
  • CR-HRI 2011, PC member
  • ICSR (International Conference on Social Robotics) 2011, General co-chair
  • HCII (Human Computer Interaction International) 2011, track coordinator
  • HRI 2011,Publicity chair
  • CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) 2011, Publications chair
  • D-CIS Human Factors Event, Program chair
  • ICIC 2010, Late Breaking paper co-chair
  • ACM Multimedia 2010, Affine workshop PC
  • ACM Multimedia 2010, PC member
  • CATAC (Cultural Attitudes Toward Technology and Computers) 2010, PC member
  • IWIPS (International Workship on Internationalisation of products and Systems) 2010 Proceedings chair
  • HRI 2010, Publications chair, PC member
  • HRI 2009, Publications chair, PC member
  • IWIC 2009, Panels chair
  • HRI 2008, local organiser (with Ben Krose)
  • IWIPS 2007, 2005 (local chair), 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999 (Organising Committee)
  • HCII 2005, 2009 (session chair)

Invited talks and appearances

  • Keynote: Cenim conference, Surabaya, 19-11-2019
  • Panel: Money Meets Ideas, Enschede, 14-11-2019
  • Keynote: Pacific Neighbourhood conference, 15-10-2019
  • Keynote: Connect to Innovate, Nieuwegijn, 1-10-2019
  • Keynote: Naspers, Amsterdam, 20-6-2019
  • Keynote: BHP think Big, Houston, 10-05-2019
  • Panel: Conference on future of work, Singapore, 28-29 April 2019
  • Keynote Schroders X Sessions | SocioRobotics & Ethics, 20-11-2018, Amsterdam.
  • Keynote ISWC, Semantic Web conference 2018
  • Keynote Conference Philosophy of human technology relationships (July 2018)
  • WEF Ideas Labs talk, World Economic Forum 2016, Davos
  • RSS (robotics Science and Systems) 2015 Keynote
  • Chairman ICT open 24-26 March, Amersfoort
  • EMERCE E-day speaker6 November 2014, Amsterdam
  • ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (Member), 2014-2017
  • NIME 2001 (keynote)

Editorial board positions

  • Special Issue Proceedings of the IEEE on Machine Ethics, 2018
  • Transactions on Human Robot Interactions
  • IEEE transaction on Human Machine Systems
  • International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Journal of Usability Studies

Academic/Professional Memberships


  • ACM: Association for Computing Machinery
  • ACM SIGCHI: ACM Special Interest Group CHI
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • IEEE RAS (Robotics and Automation)


Grants and Awards


  • Responsible Child Robot Interaction (PI), funded by SIDN, 400K€
  • DE-ENIGMA EU Horizon2020 (Coordinator), Multi-Modal HRI for Expanding Social imagination in Autistic Children. 2015-2019, 4 M€
  • BLOX (PI) (Industry funded in partnership with stichting Dichterbij), Multimodal responsive environment to social interaction for people with multiple physical and cognitive impairments, 2013-1015, (amount undisclosed).
  • TERESA EU FP7 STREP (PI), Telepresence Reinforcement-learning Social Agent, 2013-2016, 3M€
  • SQUIRREL EU FP7 IP (PI), Clearing clutter bit by bit, 2014-2017, 5M€
  • EASEL, EU FP7 STREP (PI), Expressive Agents for Symbiotic Education and Learning , 2013-2016 3M€
  • COMMIT P3, National Project, motivational coach for amateur sports, 2013-1017,  2.5M€
  • SPENCER EU FP7 (PI), Socially normative navigating robot in airport environments, 2012-2015, 3M€.
  • ACCOMPANY EU FP7 (PI), Robot Companion for re-ablement. 2011-2014, 4M€.
  • FROG EU FP7 (coordinator), Outdoor robot tour guide with engaging personality for interaction with small groups. 2011-2014, 3M€.
  • Eureka/Eurostars project, Smartphones with Innovative Navigation Service for an unique InDoor Experience , 2010-2011, European Community, 350 k€.
  • MOCATOUR (2009-2012), Amsterdam Living Labs A Pieken in de Delta project. The  (Mobile Cultural access for tourists) project seeks to establish novel computational methods to facilitate tourists with contextualized and experience-based access to information while they freely explore a city. (250k)
  • DIADEM,  (EU FP7 2008-2011) Distributed Information Acquisition and Decision Making for Environmental Management. Funding: 240K Euro, Aug 2008.)
  • HRI, PC meeting fund, NSF. Funding obtained: 1K Euro, December 2008.
  • NWO-CNSF collaboration grant, Funding obtained: 5K Euro, November 2008.


Public Talks

See Blog for updated list

Media Appearances

see blog for updated list



Five Selected

  • de Vries, R. A., Truong, K. P., Kwint, S., Drossaert, C. H., & Evers, V. (2016, May). Crowd-designed motivation: Motivational messages for exercise adherence based on behavior change theory. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 297-308). ACM. here
  • Heerink, M., B.J.A. Kröse, B.J. Wielinga, and V. Evers (2010). Measuring acceptance of assistive social agent technology by older adults: the Almere model. International Journal of Social Robotics, 2010. 2(3).
  • Wang, L., Rau, P-L., Evers, V., Robinson, B., Hinds, P. (2010) The role of culture and context in the adherence to robot recommendations. Full paper. Proceedings of HRI’10, 3-6 March, Osaka.
  • Cramer H., Evers V., Van Someren, M., Ramlal, S., Rutledge, L., Stash, N., Aroyo, L., Wielinga, B. (2008) ‘The effects of transparency on trust and acceptance in interaction with a content-based art recommender’,User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 5. Winner James Chen Best paper Award.
  • Evers, V., Maldonado, H., Brodecki, T. & Hinds, P. (2008). Relational vs. group self-construal: Untangling the role of national culture in HRI. In T. Fong & K. Dautenhahn (Eds.), HRI 2008: Proceedings of the third ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction(pp. 255-262). New York, NY: ACM

Ph.D.  Supervision

Examiner of PhD theses

  • External Examiner, Marwin Schmit, Prof. Dick Bulterman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 10-09-2019
  • Internal Examiner, Corien Nikamp-Simons, Prof. Hans Rietman, Universiteit Twente, 29-5-2019
  • External Examiner, Roosemarijn Looije, Marc Neerincx, Delft University, 27-6-219
  • External Examiner, Argun Cencen, Prof. Jo Geraedts, Delft University, 7-6-2019
  • Internal Examiner, Eamon Barrett, Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, University of Twente, 22-6-2018
  • External Examiner, Sandra Devin, Prof Rachid Alami, Institute National Polytechnique Toulouse, 3-11-2017
  • External Examiner, Chang Wang, Prof. Robert Babuska, Delft University, 18-03-2017
  • External Examiner, Ninhang Hu, Prof. Ben Krose, University of Amsterdam, Computer Science, 30-11-2016.
  • External Examiner, Confidential, Prof. Gregory O’Hare, University College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Informatics, x-x-2015
  • Internal Examiner, Maartje de Graaf, “Living with Robots, Investing the User Acceptance of Social Robots in Domestic Environments” Prof. Jan van Dijk, University of Twente, Psychology dept, 26-June-2015.
  • External Examiner, Maaike Roubroeks, Prof. Cees Midden, Eindhoven University. Industrial Engineering, 27-May-2014
  • External Examiner, Sonja Alexis Caraian, “A Methodology for Operationalising the Robot Centric HRI Paradigm: Enabling robots to leverage sociocontextual cues during human-robot interaction”, prof Nathan Kirchner, University of Technology Sydney, 20-May-2014
  • External Examiner, Arlette van Wissen, Prof. Jan Treur, Free University, Amsterdam. 25-March-2014
  • External Examiner, Jie Shen, “Emotion Recognition from facial features”, Prof. Maja Pantic, Imperial College London, Computing Dept. 12-May-2014.
  • External Examiner, Maha Salem, Prof. Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Computer Science, 30-6-2012
  • External Examiner, Jos Elfring, Prof Maarten Steinbuch, Eindhoven University, 12-March-2014.
  • Internal Examiner, Hanna Jochman-Mannak, Prof Theo Huibers, University of Twente, 9-Jan-2014
  • Internal Examiner, Kien Tjin—Kam-Jet, “Distributed Deep Web Search”, Prof Peter Apers, University of Twente, 20-12-2013
  • Internal Examiner, Jantine Bouma, “Managing Social Impact in Design”, Prof. Peter Paul Verbeek, University of Twente, 11-Sept-2013
  • Internal Examnier, Vanessa Okken,
  • Internal Examiner, Boris van Waterschoot, “The Challenge of Designing Intelligent Support Behavior: Emulation as a Tool for Developing Cognitive Systems”. Mascha van der Voort, University of Twente, 3-Oct-2013
  • Internal Examiner, Sabrina Sauer, Prof. Nelly Oudshoorn, University of Twente
  • External Examiner, Charlotte Lelieveld, “Smart Materials in Architecture’, Prof Patrick Teuffel, Delft University, 8-Feb-2013
  • Internal Examiner, Sanja Damjanovich, “Dense stereo matching, in pursuit of ideal similarity measure”. Prof Kees Slump, University of Twente
  • Internal Examiner, Mieke van der Bijl Brouwer, “Exploring usability: design for dynamic and diverse use situations” .Prof. Fred van Houten, University of Twente,
  • Internal Examiner, Aimee van Wynsberghe, “Ethics in Robotics”. Prof, Philip Brey, University of Twente, 18-July-2012
  • Internal Examiner, Saskia Kelders, Understanding adherence to web-based interventions”. Prof. Lisette van Gemert, university of Twente, 12-Oct-2012
  • External Examiner, Iolanda Leite, Prof Ana Paiva, Instituto Superior Technico, Lisbon, 5-June-2013
  • Internal Examiner, Dulce Pumeraja, “Groupware Requirements Evolution Patterns”. Prof Roel Wieringa, University of Twente,
  • Internal Examiner, Egon van den Broek, prof Anton Nijholt, University of twente, 16-Aug-2011
  • Internal Examiner, Andreea Niculescu, “Conversational interfaces for task-oriented spoken dialogues: in search of design aspects influencing interaction quality”, Prof Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, 2011.



  • Undergraduate course Human Computer Interaction, University of Twente (2017-
  • Graduate course on Human Robot Interaction, MSc HMI, University of Twente University, 2016 –
  • Honours Course on Design Synthesis, Honours track University of Twente (with Peter Paul Verbeek), 2014-
  • Undergraduate course on Global Work and Collaboration Technology, BSc CREATE, University of Twente, 2012- todate (joint class with Stanford class Global Work)
  • Undergraduate course on Human Computer Interaction. BSc Informatiekunde, University of Amsterdam, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Undergraduate course on Computer Mediated Communication. BSc Informatiekunde, University of Amsterdam, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Undergraduate course on Knowledge- and Communication Systems. BSc Informatiekunde, University of Amsterdam, 2003, 2004.
  • Undergraduate course on Human Centred Multimedia. BSc Informatiekunde, University of Amsterdam 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Undergraduate course on Research Methods and Techniques. BSc Informatiekunde, University of Amsterdam, 2009, 2010, 2011.


  • Chair Curriculumraad (curriculum council) for the study Creative Technology at the University of Twente
  • Member Disciplineraad (Discipline council) for the study Creative Technology at the University of Twente