Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication of IDC Herzliya, and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Before, he was a research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at MIT. Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from
MIT in the field of human-robot interaction, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. He also studied animation at Parsons School of Design in NYC.
His research investigates practice, anticipation, and joint action between humans and robots, with the aim of designing personal robots that display more fluent behavior with their human counterparts. Other research interests include theatre and musical performance robots as well as non-anthropomorphic robot design. His robot AUR won the 2007 IEEE International Robot Design Competition; he was animation and software lead on the 2008 World Expo Digital Water Pavilion, one of TIME magazine's "Best Inventions of the Year"; his research and design work has been awarded numerous awards, and covered in the international press, including CNN, The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Science, and - most recently - Comedy Central; and his work in animation, data visualization, architecture, theater, and new media art has been internationally published and exhibited.
Watch Guy Hoffman's TED Talk.