Hi, I’m Mbithe. I recently graduated with Distinction from The University of Manchester, where I studied for a master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science with a specialisation in AI. I’m interested in AI research, with my current focus being on cognitive robotics, human-robot interaction, and machine learning. I’m also very interested in AI for social good and fairness in AI.
My master’s project used deep learning to help social robots learn how to interact with humans safely, autonomously, and in a way that is socially appropriate. I focused on how robots can start and end interactions with humans. What facial and body language cues do people use to signal interest and disinterest? How can a robot learn to read these cues, and decide the appropriate actions to take? I worked with SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper robot and PyTorch as the deep learning framework. My project was supervised by Prof. Angelo Cangelosi.
I’m actively looking for opportunities in AI research and/or ML engineering. Please get in touch if any of my research interests match what you’re working on! In the meantime, here are some of the things I’ve been up to: