Ashita Ashok is a PhD student in Cognitive Robotics for Human-robot Interaction at the Robotics Research Laboratory, TU Kaiserslautern. Her main research interest surrounds humanoid robots as social agents for the human-robot society.
She completed her bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Ashita's Master degree was focused on Intelligent Systems and Cognitive Psychology. And for her Master thesis, she researched a speech emotion recognition system based on para-linguistics cues in speech, which assists a robot called ROBIN, to understand the emotion in robot-directed speech. For her PhD research, she intends to draw parallels from human cognition and social behavior, extracting psychologically validated theories, whilst implementing & validating on an upper-torso humanoid robot ROBIN.