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 the RESPECT project at Northeastern University with Tim Bickmore. 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.

Candy is a Fellow and past Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013, and is a senior member of the IEEE. She serves as an associate editor of the journal ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems, on the editorial board of the Springer journal of Multimodal User Interfaces, and on the scientific advisory board of Intelligent User Interfaces. She has been an associate editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence (2008-2012), a member of the scientific advisory boards for SIGDIAL, HLT-NAACL, and the EU Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants (CoSy) project. She has served as general chair for HLT-NAACL 2007, program co-chair of Intelligent User Interfaces 2006, SIGIAL 2004, chair of Intelligent User Interfaces in 2001, program chair for ACL 1987, and President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (1989). She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.