Anara Sandygulova

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, Robotics and Mechatronics
Assistant Professor


2015 – PhD in Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

2012 – MPhil in Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

2011 – BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Anara Sandygulova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Robotics at the School of Science and Technology. Dr. Sandygulova received her PhD from the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. She was awarded a prestigious postgraduate Irish Research Council fellowship for her personally proposed research project. Her paper was invited for a highly selective participation in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Pioneers Workshop at HRI’2014 in Bielefeld. In addition, for her research and outreach activities, Dr. Sandygulova was awarded the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship in July 2014 among Europe, Middle East and Africa. As an undergraduate student, she studied Computer Science at University College Dublin and University of California Irvine (through Education Abroad Program). In addition to graduating with First Class Honors, her final year project received the “Best Project and Presentation” award and she was the 2011 class recipient of the John Kelly Memorial Medal for her exceptional studies. 

Dr. Sandygulova is a member of EUCog (European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics) and an Associate Fellow of RobotDoc collegium (the Marie Curie Doctoral Training Network in Developmental Robotics).

Dr. Sandygulova’s research lies at the intersection of human-robot interaction, machine learning, and social robotics. She is interested in addressing social challenges of human-robot interaction by employing a combination of robotics, machine learning, and psychology techniques to make robots more socially appropriate and acceptable by the end-users.