Professor Mari Velonaki’s research is situated in the field of Human-Robot Interaction and Interactive Media Art. She is the founder and director of the Creative Robotics Lab (Art & Design UNSW) and the founder and director of the National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research (UNSW, USYD, UTS, St Vincent’s Hospital). She has created 3 interactive robots that are of human scale and 16 interactive systems. Velonaki has assembled two of the world’s largest datasets (over 690,000 recorded interactions in 13 countries) in human-robot interaction (HRI) studies. Mari's robots and interactive installations have been exhibited in major museums worldwide.