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Mojgan Hashemian Email icon Webpage icon

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Instituto Superior Técnico / INESC-ID
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Affective Computing, Human-Agent Interaction, Intelligent Games

I joined GAIPS in September 2015 and I am currently collaborating with the RAGE project. In this project, we are developing an asset to enhance social skills of non-player characters. More specifically, we are working to empower the agents by adding Social Power dynamics in their decision making processes. Prior to this phase, as another asset of RAGE, we developed a data-driven model to recognize emotions from touching patterns. Earlier, in another project entitled as Fides, we developed a general framework to investigate the key prerequisites to trust robots.


In September 2014, I received my Master’s degree in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with an emphasis on Affective Computing from the University of Tehran, Iran. During my master's, my research aimed at improving Human experience with Computers by developing adaptive systems with regard to the affective state of the human user. More specifically, we developed a framework for mood recognition using emotional features. The system works either for a long-time or a short-time interaction of the user, using two sub-systems. Both of the sub-systems rely on emotions obtained from Facial Expressions.


Earlier, I received my B.Sc. in Computer Hardware Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran, in September 2010. As my B.Sc. thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Nasser Mozayyani, we updated the conventional Neocognitron ANN by extending it to the complex space.


For a more updated list of my publications, please refer to my profile on GoogleScholar, ResearchGate or LinkedIn.

Current Projects
Realising an Applied Gaming Eco-system


  Social Power in Human-Robot Interaction: Towards more Persuasive Robots
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Mojgan Hashemian and Ana Paiva and Samuel Mascarenhas and Pedro Santos and Rui Prada, , 2019

  Enhancing Social Believability of Virtual Agents using Social Power Dynamics
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Mojgan Hashemian and Rui Prada and Pedro Santos and Samuel Mascarenhas, , pg. 147-152, ACM, November , 2018

  FIDES: How Emotions and Small Talks May Influence Trust in an Embodied vs. Non-embodied Robot
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Raul Benites Paradeda and Mojgan Hashemian and Carla Guerra and Rui Prada and João Dias and Ana Paiva, Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, pg. 1673--1675, 2017

  How Facial Expressions and Small Talk May Influence Trust in a Robot
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Raul Benites Paradeda and Mojgan Hashemian and Rafael Afonso Rodrigues and Ana Paiva, Social Robotics: 8th International Conference, ICSR 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA, November 1-3, 2016 Proceedings, Vol. 9979, pg. 169, Springer, November, 2016

How Facial Expressions May Influence the Trust in a Robot?
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Raul Benites Paradeda and Mojgan Hashemian and Rafael Rodrigues and Ana Paiva