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Maha Ahmed Kamal Elgarf

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About me

I am currently a first year PhD student at the Computational Science and Technology Department (CST) at KTH working with Dr. Christopher Peters  at the Embodied Social Agents Lab (ESAL)

My research is part of the ANIMATAS project which is a H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie European Training Network funded by Horizon 2020. 

In my PhD, I investigate the impacts of self-other similarity on the communication process between humans and embodied social agents (virtual characters and robots). I focus in my research on assessment these impacts in pedagogical contexts. 


My previous research focused on the use of technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities or developmental / mental disorders. Research projects that I have worked on have targeted visually impaired people as well as autistic children.

My research interests include: human computer interaction, affective computing, virtual characters, social computing, human robot interaction, social robotics, psychology and education.

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I had both my bachelor and master's degrees in Digital Media Engineering and Technology from the German University in Cairo (GUC) in 2010 and 2015 respectively. In 2014, I went on a DAAD scholarship to perform my master's thesis project at the Human Centered Multimedia (HCM) lab, university of Augsburg, Germany.