Helen Hastie is a Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. She specialises in Multimodal interfaces and Human-Robot Interaction, in particular spoken dialogue systems and personal assistants for remote robots and autonomous systems, for a number for domains including defence and the energy sector. She is workpackage lead for the EPSRC funded ORCA Hub, where she is working on methods for keeping humans-in-the loop for remote robots in hazardous environments. She is the director of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics. She has international experience in both academia and industry, having worked at AT&T Research Labs, NJ, USA and Lockheed Martin, NJ, USA, where she obtained a number of patents. Helen holds a PhD in Speech Recognition from the University of Edinburgh, an MS from Georgetown University and an MA from the University of Edinburgh. She has published over 90 papers and was a founding member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and SICSA theme lead for AI.