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Guy Hoffman

  • Guy Hoffman
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor, Mills Family Faculty Fellow
  • Address: 563 Upson Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-1553
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Guy Hoffman joined the faculty of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University in January 2016. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor at IDC Herzliya and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Hoffman was a research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI), and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. He also studied animation at Parsons School of Design in NYC.

Research Interests

Hoffman studies computational, design, and social aspects of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), focusing on human-robot collaboration and companionship. His research interests include embodied cognition for social robots, anticipation and timing in HRI and multi-agent MDPs, nonverbal behavior in HRI, robotics for the performing arts, and non-anthropomorphic robot design.

Teaching Interests

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Designing Interactive Systems, Prototyping & Innovation Processes.

Selected Publications

  • Bretan, M., G. Hoffman, G Weinberg. 2015. "Emotionally expressive dynamic physical behaviors in robots." International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 78: 1-16.
  • Hoffman, Guy, J. Forlizzi, S. Ayal, A. Steinfeld, J. Antanitis, G. Hochman, E. Hochendoner, J Finkenaur. 2015. "Robot Presence and Human Honesty: Experimental Evidence." Paper presented at Proc. of the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'15)
  • Hoffman, Guy, O. Zuckerman, G. Hirschberger, M. Luria, T Shani-Sherman. 2015. "Design and Evaluation of a Peripheral Robotic Conversation Companion." Proceedings of the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'15)
  • Slyper, R., Guy Hoffman, A Shamir. 2015. "Mirror Puppeteering: Animating Toy Robots in Front of a Webcam."
  • Hoffman, Guy, O Zuckerman. 2015. "Empathy Objects: Robotic Devices as Conversation Companions." Paper presented at Extended Abstracts of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'15)

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award (Design) (IEEE/ACM International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)) 2015
  • Best Workshop Paper (Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Workshop on Human Robot Collaboration) 2013
  • Best Paper Award (Cognitive Robotics) (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)) 2010
  • Best Paper Finalist (IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)) 2012
  • Best Paper (Cognitive Robotics) (IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)) 2008


  • M. Sc. Tel Aviv University, 2000
  • Ph D (Human-Robot Interaction), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007