Prof. Ruth Aylett is a Professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburg, Scotland. She studied Mathematical Economics and Econometrics at the London School of Economics. She developed her interest for computing when she joined the Computers Ltd in 1977. In 1983, she became an academic in Computing at the Sheffield Polytechnic, and in 1992 was a lecturer in the University of Salford IT Institute. Eight years later, in 2000, she was appointed as Professor of the Salford’s Centre for Virtual Environments. Finally, she joined the Heriot-Watt University as a Professor of Computer Science in 2004.
Professor Ruth Aylett has been an active researcher in Artificial Intelligence for more than 20 years, starting at the AI Applications Institute at University of Edinburgh in 1989. Her research interests focus on AI, graphics and robotics with particular emphasis on autonomous synthetic characters; this has led to interests in affective computing, interactive narrative and human-robot interaction. Professor Aylett has over 200 journal publications, book chapters, and conferences.