Hi, I’m Chinmaya Mishra. A Postdoctoral Researcher trying to find ways to make Social Robots easier to communicate with.

About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Multimodal Language Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics working with Prof. Asli Özyürek and Dr. Judith Holler. I recently concluded my PhD research at Furhat Robotics as a Marie Curie PhD Fellow ( COBRA MSCA ITN) under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Skantze and Prof. Peter Hagoort, where I investigated ways to automate the gaze and affective behaviors of Social Robots and gauge the influence of these robot behaviors on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

My research uses an interdisciplinary approach by combining insights from psychology, psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science in finding novel solutions to model/ automate robot behaviors that are needed to facilitate a seamless HRI. The broader goal that I pursue through my research is to make robots easier to be integrated into our society which enable us to be more efficient and comfortable.


With a Bachelor’s in computer science & Engineering from Institute of technical Education & Research (ITER), India and 3 years of industry experience as a Systems Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services, India, I joined the Master’s Program in TU Kaiserslautern, Germany with a specialization of Intelligent Systems (AI) in 2016. My Master’s thesis was titled “Behaviour Based Human-Robot Interaction” where we modelled emotions to drive behavior generation in a humanoid robot.

Research Interests

Social Robotics, Natural Language Processing, Emotion Modelling and Behavior Modelling are a few research areas that attract me. My motivation lies in developing systems using AI which could be useful to the society. In my free time I love going on treks, capturing moments through lens, listening to music, and trying to play instruments among others.