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Suna Bensch

I am an Associate Professor and develop computational methods for processing verbal and non-verbal communication and apply these in Social Robotics and Natural Language Processing.

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Associate professor at Department of Computing Science
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MIT-huset, Umeå universitet, MIT.C.240 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I develop computational methods for processing verbal and non-verbal communication and apply these in Social Robotics and Natural Language Processing.

In my research I develop and use formal models ranging from grammars, graphs, automata to various machine learning algorithms. I'm motivated by a deeper understanding in computational methods, their why and how and thus focus also on explainability or understandability of algorithms and machine behaviour.

Acta Informatica, Springer 2021, Vol. 58 : 243-261
Ostovar, Ahmad; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 8
Rietz, Finn; Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; et al.
Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics, De Gruyter Open 2021, Vol. 12, (1) : 47-57
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE 2020 : 96-103
Bliek, Adna; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE 2020 : 96-103
Bliek, Adna; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING) : 730-744
Dahlgren Lindström, Adam; Björklund, Johanna; Bensch, Suna; et al.
NeHuAI 2020 : First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI (NeHuAI) co-located with 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020), RWTH Aachen University 2020 : 3-10
Hellström, Thomas; Dignum, Virginia; Bensch, Suna
Highlights in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Trust-worthiness: The PAAMS Collection, Springer Nature 2020 : 168-178
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Trustworthiness: The PAAMS Collection, Springer Nature 2020 : 439-442
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2020 : 660-671
Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
ICLLL 2020 : The 10th International Conference in Languages, Literature, and Linguistics, Japan, November 6-8, 2020
Tewari, Maitreyee; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Prague, Czech Republic, 19-21 February 2019.
Baranwal, Neha; Singh, Avinash; Bensch, Suna
Simulation and modeling methodologies, technologies and applications: 7th international conference, (SIMULTECH) 2017, Madrid, Spain, July 26-28, 2017 : revised selected papers, Springer 2019 : 153-176
Bensch, Suna; Ewert, Sigrid
International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR’19), Workshop Quality of Interaction in Socially Assistive Robots, Madrid, Spain, November 26-29, 2019
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics, Giessen: Institut für Informatik, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen 2018, Vol. 23, (1–3) : 3-4
Bensch, Suna; Bordihn, Henning
Proceedings of Explainable Robotic Systems Workshop at HRI 2018, Chicago, USA, March 2018, 2018
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Warsaw, Poland: De Gruyter Open 2018, Vol. 9, (1) : 110-123
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
Proceedings of Explainable Robotic Systems Workshop at HRI 2018, Chicago, USA, March 2018
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
Robots for Assisted Living - IROS'2018 Workshop, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), October, 1-5, 2018 Madrid, Spain
Tewari, Maitreyee; Bensch, Suna
Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Recognition and Action for Scene Understanding (REACTS2017), Málaga: REACTS 2017 : 71-83
Abedin, Md Reaz Ashraful; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. 2017, Vol. 28, (5) : 583-601
Bensch, Suna; Björklund, Johanna; Kutrib, Martin
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH, SciTePress 2017 : 45-55
Bensch, Suna; Ewert, Sigrid; Raborife, Mpho
Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems: 19th IFIP WG 1.02 International Conference, DCFS 2017, Milano, Italy, July 3-5, 2017, Proceedings : 65-76
Bensch, Suna; Hoeberechts, Maia
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Setúbal: SciTePress 2017 : 182-189
Bensch, Suna; Jevtic, Aleksandar; Hellström, Thomas
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-2017), Jadavpur University 2017 : 476-484
Woldemariam, Yonas Demeke; Bensch, Suna; Björklund, Henrik
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-2017), NLP Association of India 2017 : 476-484
Woldemariam, Yonas Demeke; Björklund, Henrik; Bensch, Suna
Implementation and Application of Automata, Springer 2016 : 27-38
Bensch, Suna; Björklund, Johanna; Kutrib, Martin
Fundamenta Informaticae, Vol. 148, (3-4) : I-II
Bensch, Suna; Freund, Rudolf; Hirvensalo, Mika; et al.
Fundamenta Informaticae, IOS Press 2016, Vol. 148, (3-4) : I-II
Bensch, Suna; Freund, Rudolf; Hirvensalo, Mika; et al.
Eight Workshop on Non-Classical Models of Automata and Applications (NCMA 2016): Short Papers, Wien: Institut für Computersprachen 2016 : 35-46
Bensch, Suna; Kutrib, Martin; Malcher, Andreas
Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Non-Classical Modelsof Automata and Applications (NCMA 2015), Austrian Computer Society 2015 : 73-90
Bensch, Suna; Drewes, Frank; Hellström, Thomas
Fundamenta Informaticae, 136:1-2
ICAI 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence : 28-34
Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Theoretical Computer Science, Elsevier 2014, Vol. 531 : 1-25
Bensch, Suna; Drewes, Frank; Jürgensen, Helmut; et al.
MMRWHRI '14 Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot Interaction : 21-22
Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Report / UMINF, 12.17
Bensch, Suna; Drewes, Frank; Jürgensen, Helmut; et al.
IFIP TCS: Theoretical Computer Science - 7th IFIP TC 1/WG 2.2 International Conference, TCS 2012, Amsterdam, 2012. Proceedings : 28-42
Bensch, Suna; Holzer, Markus; Kutrib, Martin; et al.
Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Finite State Methods and Natural Language Processing, Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics 2011 : 93-97
Bensch, Suna; Drewes, Frank; Jürgensen, Helmut; et al.
Trends in practical applications of agents and multiagent systems: 8th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multiagent Systems (PAAMS 2010), Berlin: Springer 2010 : 395-402
Becerra-Bonache, Leonor; Bensch, Suna; Jimenez-Lopez, M. Dolores
Proceedings of the international conference on agents and artificial intelligence:  volume 2 - Agents, Valencia, Spain - ICAART, Valencia: INSTICC Press 2010 : 395-402
Becerra-Bonache, Leonor; Bensch, Suna; Jimenez-Lopez, M. Dolores

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1 June 2020 until 1 June 2024
1 June 2020 until 1 June 2024
2 September 2019 until 28 August 2020
1 November 2016 until 30 October 2020

I teach theoretical foundations of computer science (5DV208 and 5DV037) including automata theory, formal languages and grammars, computability and complexity. 

I teach scientific writing (5DV184 and "Computing Science Research Methodology, Publication and Presentation Techniques" for PhD students) including proper formation of research questions, literature review, appropriate methodology and evaluation of research results, as well as research integrity (e.g. plagiarism, academic dishonesty). 

Every year I'm part in the Human-Robot interaction course (5DV183) where I teach natural language grounding methods, i.e. how robots can use natural language to interact with humans in a shared physical environment.