Sanne van Waveren

I am a PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

My vision is a future of safe, robust, and verifiable robots that leverage human feedback to automatically synthesize correct behaviors that are perceived acceptable.

I enable robots to recover from real-world failures, so they can continue their tasks even after their policy or plan failed.

My research leverages non-expert feedback for the application of formal methods to computational human-robot interaction, with the aim of developing new ways to automatize robot failure corrections.

For an up-to-date list of my papers see my publications page.


Dec 22, 2021 Paper Accepted into HRI22: Correct Me If I'm Wrong: Using Non-Experts to Repair Reinforcement Learning Policies Read more
Dec 20, 2021 I was selected to participate in HRI Pioneers 2022. Looking forward to present and discuss my work on leveraging non-Experts and formal Methods to automatically correct robot failures and meet this year’s cohort! Read more about HRI Pioneers
Oct 22, 2021 I started a research visit in the Robotics Institute at CMU with Liz Carter. :sparkles: :robot:
Jul 29, 2021 Paper accepted into Frontiers in Robotics and AI Read more
Mar 17, 2021 Paper Accepted PERSUASIVE 2021: Breaking the Taboo: Using a Social Robot to Raise Women’s Awareness of Menstrual Health Read more
Mar 5, 2021 Paper Accepted ICRA 2021: Encoding Human Driving Styles in Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Read more
Oct 29, 2020 Gesticulator wins best paper at ICMI20. Big congrats to first and second author, Taras and Patrik, for leading this work. :tada:
Aug 7, 2020 Paper Accepted at ICMI20: Gesticulator: A framework for semantically-aware speech-driven gesture generation Read more
Nov 30, 2019 Paper Accepted to HRI20. Behavioural Responses to Robot Conversational Failures Read more
Nov 30, 2019 Paper Accepted into CHI20: Embodiment Effects in Interactions with Failing Robots Read more
Aug 14, 2019 Paper Accepted into ICSR19: Knock on Wood: The Effects of Material Choice on the Perception of Social Robots Read more
Apr 10, 2019 Paper Accepted into IVA2019: Take One For the Team: The Effects of Error Severity in Collaborative Tasks with Social Robots Read more
Nov 30, 2018 Paper Accepted into HRI19: Comparing Human-Robot Proxemics Between Virtual Reality and the Real World Read more

selected publications

  1. Encoding Human Driving Styles in Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles
    Karlsson, Jesper*,  van Waveren*, Sanne, Pek, Christian, Torre, Ilaria, Leite, Iolanda, and Tumova, Jana
    In ICRA International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2021
  2. Gesticulator: A framework for semantically-aware speech-driven gesture generation
    Kucherenko, Taras, Jonell, Patrik,  van Waveren, Sanne, Henter, Gustav Eje, Alexandersson, Simon, Leite, Iolanda, and Kjellström, Hedvig
    In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2020
  3. Behavioural responses to robot conversational failures
    Kontogiorgos, Dimosthenis, Pereira, Andre, Sahindal, Boran,  van Waveren, Sanne, and Gustafson, Joakim
    In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2020