Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor in the School of
Communication at 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. 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 deals with human-robot interaction and
collaboration, embodied cognition for robots, anticipation and timing in
HRI and multi-agent MDPs, nonverbal communication in HRI, entertainment,
theater, and musical performance robotics, and non-humanoid robot design.
Among others, Hoffman developed the world’s first human-robot joint theater
performance, as well as the first real-time improvising human-robot Jazz
Hoffman designed several robots, including a robotic desk lamp,
“AUR”, which won the IEEE International Robot Design Competition. His
research papers won several top academic awards, including Best Paper
awards at HRI and robotics conferences in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.
He was software and animation lead on the World Expo Digital Water
Pavilion, one of TIME magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year”, and was
commissioned for a title-page illustration of the New York Times “Week in
Review”. Hoffman’s work has been exhibited world-wide and covered in the
international press, including CNN, the BBC, The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Haaretz, Science, the New Scientist, PBS, NPR, and
Comedy Central. In both 2010 and 2012, he was selected as one of Israel’s
most promising researchers under forty.