Mary Ellen Foster is a Research Fellow in the Interaction Lab at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received her Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, and has previously worked in the Robotics and Embedded Systems Group at the Technical University of Munich and in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include embodied communication, natural language generation, and multimodal dialogue systems. In particular, she is interested in designing, implementing, and evaluating practical artificial systems that support embodied interaction with human users, such as embodied conversational agents and human-robot dialogue systems. Before working on EMOTE, Mary Ellen has worked on European and national projects including COMIC, JAST, ECHOES, and JAMES.