Hi, I’m Mbithe. I’m currently a master’s student at The University of Manchester, studying 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 is supervised by Prof. Angelo Cangelosi and is about using deep learning to help robots learn how to interact with humans safely, autonomously, and in a way that is socially appropriate. For my project, I am focusing 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? SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper is the robot I am working with, and PyTorch is my deep learning framework of choice.
I’m looking forward to working as a researcher and/or ML engineer once I finish my master’s in a few months! 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: