Catharine Oertel

Catharine received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After
completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),
Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Her research interest lies on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially
aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. She uses
multi-modal social signal processing to estimate conversational dynamics and generate attentive
and affective dialogue behaviours in the agent or robot. Much of her research has also focused
on modeling interaction with and in groups, either in the context of unconstrained or “in the wild” social