Dylan Glas is a Senior Applied Scientist in the HRI Science team at Amazon Lab126, developing intelligent social navigation and other features for the Astro robot. He was previously senior robotics software architect for the Xiaoyi Wizard educational home robot at Huawei.

In his academic work, he was a senior researcher in social robotics at Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at ATR and a Guest Associate Professor at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. He was the software architect for the ERICA android in the ERATO Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project.

His research interests include social human-robot interaction, intelligent social navigation, human behavior modeling, visual programming, crowdsourcing, multimodal interaction, and machine learning.


Dylan received his Ph.D. in robotics from Osaka University in 2013, in the Department of Systems Innovation under Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro. He was awarded his M.Eng in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2000 and two S.B. degrees, one in Aerospace Engineering and one in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, also from MIT in 1997. While at MIT, he worked for two years in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab under Prof. Hiroshi Ishii while simultaneously researching commercial applications of reusable launch vehicle technologies.

Outside of academia, Dylan has worked as a software consultant and web designer, as well as spending three years as a high school teacher. He also worked in Jerusalem as a volunteer instructor in the MEET program, a technology education initiative designed to help develop relationships and common ground between Israeli and Palestinian high school students.

He lived in Japan for fifteen years, and outside of his research he enjoys photography, nature, playing go, woodworking, quilting, and singing a cappella.

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