Candy Sidner




Email: candy dot sidner at alum dot mit dot edu

Candace L. (Candy) Sidner has a long standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots, and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language.

Candy is a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with extensive experience in industrial labs. She is principal investigator on the NSF grant Always On Relational Agents for Social Support of Older Adults with Chuck Rich, WPI, and Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University. She also serves as an independent consultant on other projects, including the MultiModal Prediction project with Louis-Philippe Morency at ICT, and the Human Robot Interaction project with Chuck Rich at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has worked on multimodal (gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of engagement in conversation, and on interfaces, including those with speech, involving collaborative interface agents in the COLLAGEN project.

She is a Fellow and past Councilor of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a senior member of the IEEE. She serves as an associate editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence, on the editorial boards of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, and on the scientific advisory boards of IUI, SIGDIAL and HLT-NAACL. She has also been a member of the scientific advisory board for the EU Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants (CoSy) project. She has served as general chair for HLT-NAACL 2007, program cochair of Intelligent User Interfaces 2006, SIGIAL 2004, chair of Intelligent User Interfaces in 2001, and President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (1989). She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.