Nick Webb

Associate Professor of Computer Science / Director of Data Analytics

Union College


Nick Webb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Union College. His principal research interests are in dialogue analysis, data analytics and social robotics.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Social Robotics
  • Data Analytics
  • Computer Science Education


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2010

    University of Sheffield

  • MSc in Computer Science (Computational Linguistics), 1996

    University of Essex

  • BSc in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), 1995

    University of Essex



Associate Professor

Union College

Jul 2020 – Present Schenectady, USA

Assistant Professor

Union College

Jul 2016 – Jul 2020 Schenectady, USA

Visiting Assistant Professor

Union College

Jul 2011 – Jul 2016 Schenectady, USA

Senior Research Scientist

State University of New York, Albany

Aug 2005 – Jul 2011 Albany, USA

Research Fellow

University of Sheffield

Jan 2000 – Aug 2005 Sheffield, UK

Senior Research Officer

University of Essex

Sep 1996 – Jan 2000 Colchester, UK



Classifying humans by movement

What are people doing?

Head Pose Estimation

Estimating the gaze direction of people

Proxemics with humans

Respecting social space

Speech Input/Output for HRI

Getting the robot to talk

Approaching people

Investigating how the robot should move

Dialogue Engine for HRI

Getting the robot to converse

Robot Face

A controllable face for HRI


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Recent Publications

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(2018). A Farewell to Arms: Non-verbal Communication for Non-humanoid Robots. Workshop on Natural Language Generation for Human- Robot Interaction at the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2018).


(2018). Exposing real-world challenges using HRI in the wild. 4th Workshop on Public Space Human-Robot Interaction (PubRob) at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2018).

(2015). Determining appropriate first contact distance: trade-offs in human-robot interaction experiment design. Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2015).