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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Computer Science & Technology of the University of Cambridge. I am a member of the Affective Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory (AFAR) under the supervision of Prof. Hatice Gunes.

My research examines how people disclose their emotions and needs to social robots, and how these, in turn, can support their well-being.  I am developing robotic agents that facilitate rich social interactions with human users to support their emotional health in a variety of contexts.

Biography

I pursued my PhD studies as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Emily S. Cross (University of Glasgow), Prof. Val Morrison (University of Bangor), and co-supervision of Prof. Andrea Gaggioli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) at the Social Robots and Social Brain in Action labs at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology of the University of Glasgow. I was an ESR member of ENTWINE, the European Training Network on Informal Care, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union. I conducted my Research Master’s studies at the University of Amsterdam. Under the supervision of Dr Theo Araujo, my research was mainly focused on topics such as human-agent cooperation, personalized interactions, and the role of lexical features in agents’ embodied cognition. 

Publications

Journal articles

  • Laban, G., Kappas, A., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., 2024. Building Long-Term Human–Robot Relationships: Examining Disclosure, Perception and Well-Being Across Time International Journal of Social Robotics, v. 16
    Doi: 10.1007/s12369-023-01076-z
  • Polakow, T., Laban, G., Teodorescu, A., Busemeyer, JR. and Gordon, G., 2022. Social robot advisors: effects of robot judgmental fallacies and context Intelligent Service Robotics, v. 15
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11370-022-00438-2
  • Laban, G., George, JN., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., 2021. Tell me more! Assessing interactions with social robots from speech Paladyn, v. 12
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1515/pjbr-2021-0011
  • Henschel, A., Laban, G. and Cross, ES., 2021. What Makes a Robot Social? A Review of Social Robots from Science Fiction to a Home or Hospital Near You. Curr Robot Rep, v. 2
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s43154-020-00035-0
  • Laban, G., Ben-Zion, Z. and Cross, ES., 2021. Social Robots for Supporting Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment. Front Psychiatry, v. 12
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.752874
  • Følstad, A., Araujo, T., Law, ELC., Brandtzaeg, PB., Papadopoulos, S., Reis, L., Baez, M., Laban, G., McAllister, P., Ischen, C., Wald, R., Catania, F., Meyer von Wolff, R., Hobert, S. and Luger, E., 2021. Future directions for chatbot research: an interdisciplinary research agenda Computing, v. 103
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00607-021-01016-7
  • Laban, G., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., Social Robots for Health Psychology: A New Frontier for Improving Human Health and Well-Being The European Health Psychologist, v. 23
  • Conference proceedings

  • Laban, G., Kappas, A., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., 2023. Opening Up to Social Robots: How Emotions Drive Self-Disclosure Behavior IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Communication, RO-MAN,
    Doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN57019.2023.10309551
  • Laban, G., Kappas, A., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., 2022. User experience of human-robot long-term interactions HAI 2022 - Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Human-Agent Interaction,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3527188.3563927
  • Laban, G. and Araujo, T., 2022. Don't Take it Personally: Resistance to Individually Targeted Recommendations from Conversational Recommender Agents HAI 2022 - Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Human-Agent Interaction,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3527188.3561929
  • Powell, H., Laban, G., George, JN. and Cross, ES., 2022. Is Deep Learning a Valid Approach for Inferring Subjective Self-Disclosure in Human-Robot Interactions? ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, v. 2022-March
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1109/HRI53351.2022.9889431
  • Laban, G., Le Maguer, S., Lee, M., Kontogiorgos, D., Reig, S., Torre, I., Tejwani, R., Dennis, MJ. and Pereira, A., 2022. Robo-Identity: Exploring Artificial Identity and Emotion via Speech Interactions ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, v. 2022-March
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1109/HRI53351.2022.9889649
  • Laban, G., 2022. Social Robots as Communication Partners to Support Emotional Health and Well-Being 2022 10th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Workshops and Demos, ACIIW 2022,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1109/ACIIW57231.2022.10086018
  • Laban, G., Morrison, V., Kappas, A. and Cross, ES., 2022. Informal Caregivers Disclose Increasingly More to a Social Robot Over Time Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3491101.3519666
  • Lee, M., Sin, J., Laban, G., Kraus, M., Clark, L., Porcheron, M., Cowan, BR., Følstad, A., Munteanu, C. and Candello, H., 2022. Ethics of Conversational User Interfaces Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3491101.3503699
  • Laban, G., 2021. Perceptions of anthropomorphism in a chatbot dialogue: The role of animacy and intelligence HAI 2021 - Proceedings of the 9th International User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization Human-Agent Interaction,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3472307.3484686
  • Laban, G. and Araujo, T., 2020. Working Together with Conversational Agents: The Relationship of Perceived Cooperation with Service Performance Evaluations Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), v. 11970 LNCS
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39540-7_15
  • Laban, G. and Araujo, T., 2020. The Effect of Personalization Techniques in Users' Perceptions of Conversational Recommender Systems Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2020,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3383652.3423890
  • Laban, G., Morrison, V. and Cross, ES., 2020. Let's talk about it! subjective and objective disclosures to social robots ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378252
  • Contact Details

    Room: 
    SS08
    Email: 

    gl538@cam.ac.uk