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Damith Herath holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Technology, Sydney for his research work at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS) on robotic mapping and navigation. He has worked as a Research Fellow at CAS, as a visiting Fellow at the Toyohashi University of Technology and as the lead Research Engineer on the ARC funded Thinking Head project at the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney. Damith has over a decade of experience leading multidisciplinary robotic research projects and is the co- and founding chair of the International Workshop on Robotics & Art held in 2011 and 2014 alongside two key robotics conferences. Damith is the CEO and co-founder of Robological, a multi-award winning Robotics Startup based in Sydney, named one of the 23 most innovative young technology companies in Australia in 2014. 
Damith is currently an Assistant Professor in Software Engineering attached to the Human-Centred Computing Laboratory at the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics. He is also an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the National Facility for Human-Robot Interaction Research at the University of New South Wales.

Research interests

  • Robot Perception
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Robotic Art

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Research Output

From rituals to magic: Interactive art and HCI of the past, present, and future

Jeon, M., Fiebrink, R., Edmonds, E. A. & Herath, D., 12 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Human Computer Studies. 131, p. 108-119 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    An Experimental Study of Embodied Interaction and Human Perception of Social Presence for Interactive Robots in Public Settings

    Herath, D., Jochum, E. & Vlachos, E., Dec 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. 10, 4, p. 1096-1105 10 p., 8240698.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    A Proposed Wizard of OZ Architecture for a Human-Robot Collaborative Drawing Task

    Hinwood, D., Ireland, J., Jochum, E. A. & Herath, D., 28 Nov 2018, Social Robotics - 10th International Conference, ICSR 2018, November 28-30 2018, Proceedings. Ge, S., Cabibihan, J-J., Salichs, M. A., Broadbent, E., He, H., Wagner, A. R. & Castro-Gonzalez, A. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 35-44 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11357 LNAI).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

  • 42 Downloads (Pure)

    Being One, Being Many

    Kroos, C. & Herath, D., 2016, Robots and Art - Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis. Herath, D., Kroos, C. & S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 191-209 19 p. (Cognitive Science and Technology).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Engineering the Arts

    Herath, D. & Kroos, C., 2016, Cognitive Science and Technology. Herath, D., Kroos, C. & S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 3-17 15 p. (Cognitive Science and Technology).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Invited talk


    Caroline FISHER (Speaker), Bruce Baer ARNOLD (Speaker), Damith HERATH (Speaker)
    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk