Kristiina Jokinen is Senior Researcher at AIRC, the Artificial Intelligence Research Center of Japan’s National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), located at AIST Tokyo Waterfront in central Tokyo. She has a PhD from UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and is Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki.
After her PhD she was awarded a JSPS Research Fellowship at NAIST in Japan and was next an Invited Researcher at ATR Research Labs in Kyoto. She was Nokia Foundation Fellow at Stanford University in 2006, NICT Visiting Professor at Doshisha University in 2009-10, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge. Before joining AIRC, she was Professor and Project Manager at University of Helsinki and at University of Tartu.
Her research focuses on spoken dialogue systems, multimodal communication (speech, gaze, gesturing), and human-robot interaction. She led the development of WikiTalk, a Wikipedia-based robot dialogue system which won an award in Best Robot Design (Software Category) at ICSR 2017. She has been Principal Investigator in multiple international projects, and was Director of the Academy of Finland DigiSami project. She has published four books, and has organised many international workshops including the northernmost spoken dialogue conference IWSDS 2016 in Saariselkä, Finland.