Selected Publications

Journals, Books & Magazines
  • Freyne, J., Bradford, D., Pocock, C., Silvera-Tawil, D., Harrap, K., Brinkman, S. (2018) 'Developing digital facilitation of assessments in the absence of an interpreter: participatory design and evaluation with allied health groups', JMIR Formative Research, vol. 2, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-13 (In press).
  • Ball, A., Rye, D., Silvera-Tawil, D. and Velonaki, M. How Should a Robot Approach Two People?, Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, vol. 6, no. 3, 2017, pp. 71-91.
  • Koh, J., Dunstan, B.J., Silvera-Tawil, D., & Velonaki, M. Cultural Robotics, LNAI 9549Springer, 2016.
  • Silvera-Tawil, D., Rye, D.C., Soleimani, M. & Velonaki, M., 'Electrical Impedance Tomography for Artificial Sensitive Robotic Skin: A Review'. IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 15, no. 4, 2015, pp. 2001-2016.
  • Silvera-Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M., 'Artificial Skin and Tactile Sensing for Socially Interactive Robots: A Review'. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 63, no. 3, 2014, pp. 230-243.  
  • Silvera-Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M., 'Interpretation of Social Touch on an Artificial Arm Covered with an EIT-based Sensitive Skin'. International Journal of Social Robotics, vol 6, no. 4, 2014, pp. 489 - 505.
  • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Interpretation of the modality of touch on an artificial arm covered with an EIT-based sensitive skin'. International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 31, no. 13, 2012, pp. 1627 - 1642.
  • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Improved image reconstruction for an EIT-based sensitive skin with multiple internal electrodes'. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 27, no. 3, 2011, pp. 425-435.
  • Velonaki, M., Silvera Tawil, D. & Rye, D.C. 'Engagement, trust, intimacy: touch sensing for human-robot interaction'. Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media, vol. 2, no. 1, 2010, pp. 102-119
      Book Chapters
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. Velonaki, M.,'The Influence of Robot Appearance and Interactive Ability in HRI: A Cross-Cultural Study, Social Robotics, Springer, Nov. 2016.
      • Dunstan, B.J., Silvera-Tawil, D., Koh, J., & Velonaki, M. Cultural Robotics: 
Robots as Participants and Creators of Culture, in Koh et al. (eds), Cultural RoboticsSpringer, LNAI 9549, July 2016.
      • Silvera-Tawil, D., Strnadová, I. and Cumming, T., ‘Social stories in robot-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders’, Y. Kats (eds), Supporting the Education of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, IGI Global, Sept. 2016. 
      • Ball, A., Rye, D., Silvera-Tawil, D. and Velonaki, M. ‘Understanding group comfort through directional statistics’, InA. Tapus, E. André, J.C. Martin, F. Ferland & M. Ammi (eds), Social Robotics, Springer., 2015, pp. 51-60.
      • Ball, A., Rye, D., Silvera-Tawil, D. and Velonaki, M. ‘Group vs. individual comfort when a robot approaches’, InA. Tapus, E. André, J.C. Martin, F. Ferland & M. Ammi (eds), Social Robotics, Springer., 2015, pp. 41-50.
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Matsumoto, Y. Velonaki, M. & Watanabe, K. 'Perception of an android robot in Japan and Australia: A cross-cultural comparison', In. M. Beetz, B. Johnston & M.A. Williams (eds), Social Robotics, Springer., 2014, pp. 166-175.
      • Ball, A., Silvera-Tawil, D., Rye, D. & Velonaki, M.'Group Comfortability when a Robot Approaches', In. M. Beetz, B. Johnston & M.A. Williams (eds) Social Robotics, Springer., 2014, pp. 44-53.
      Workshops & Conferences
      • James-Martin, G., Hendrie, G., Silvera Tawil, D., Freyne, J., Brindal, E. & Noakes, M. 'The effectiveness of a pharmacy delivered meal replacement program with and without a supportive app', APCCN, 2017. 
      • Ireland, D., Bradford, D. and Silvera-Tawil, D. (2017) 'Research in autism-friendly technology needs to improve to make a real difference for people'. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/research-in-autism-friendly-technology-needs-to-improve-to-make-a-real-difference-for-people-71618, 2017.
      • Smith,D., Sneddon, A., Ward, L., Duenser, A., Freyne, J., Morgan, A., Silvera-Tawil, D., & Dodd, B. 'Improving Child Speech Disorder Screening by Incorporating Out-of-domain Adult Speech', Interspeech, 2017.
      • Brown, S.A., Silvera-Tawil, D., Gemeinboeck, P. &  McGhee, J.  'The Case for Conversation: A Design Research Framework for Participatory Feedback from Autistic Children', OzCHI 2016.
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. & Velonaki, M., 'Expectations towards two robots with different interactive abilities, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction', March 2016.
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. & Velonaki, M., 'How people perceive different robot types - A direct comparison of an android,humanoid, and non-biomimetic robot', IEEE International Conference on Knowledge and Smart Technology, Feb. 2016.
      • Silvera Tawil, D. & Garbutt, M., The Far Side of the Uncanny Valley: 'healthy persons', androids, and radical uncertainty, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sept 2015. 
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M., Human-robot Interaction with Humanoid Diamandini using an Open Experimentation Method, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sept 2015.
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. Velonaki, M., Perception of a Humanoid Robot: A Cross-Cultural ComparisonIEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sept 2015.
      • Velonaki, M., Thapliya, R., Rye, D., Silvera-Tawil, D. & Watanabe, K., Social HRI: Overcoming Barriers Through Appearance, Behaviour and Context-Based Design, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sept 2015.
      • Koh, J., Dunstan, B.J., & Silvera-Tawil, D., Cultural Robotics: Robots as Participants and Creators of Culture, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, September 2015.
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. Velonaki, M. & Matsumoto, Y. 'Touching an android robot: Would you do it and how?', International conference on control, automation and robotics, May 2015.  
      • Haring, K.S. Silvera-Tawil, D. Watanabe, K. Velonaki, M. & Takahashi, T. 'Changes in perception of a small humanoid robot', IEEE International conference on automation, robotics and applications, February 2015.
      • Velonaki, M., Silvera-Tawil, D. & Rye, D.C. 'Affective Human-Robot Interactions in Social Spaces: Two Case Studies', Proceedings of the Workshop on Applications for Emotional Robots, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2013.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Artificial Skin and the Interpretation of Touch for Human-Robot Interaction', Presented at the Human Activity and Vision Summer School, 2012.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'EIT-based Sensitive Skin and Touch Interpretation for Human-Robot Interaction', Proceedings of the Workshop on Advances in Tactile Sensing and Touch-Based Human-Robot Interaction, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2012.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Artificial Skin and the Interpretation of Touch for Human-Robot Interaction'. Proceedings of the USYD Student Conference, Oct. 2011, p. 3.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Touch modality interpretation for an EIT-based sensitive skin'. Proceedings of the IEEE 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Improved EIT drive patterns for a robotics sensitive skin'. Proceedings of 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Rye, D.C. & Velonaki, M. 'Artificial skin for human-robot interaction'. Proceedings of the Workshop on Tactile Sensing in Humanoids, IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 2009.
      • Velonaki, M., Silvera Tawil, D. & Rye, D.C. 'Engagement, trust and intimacy: interactions between a human and a robot'. Proceedings of Super Human: Revolution of the Species, 2009.
      • Silvera Tawil, D., Velonaki, M. & Rye, D.C. 'Artificial Skin for Human-Robot Interaction’, USYD Research Conversazione, Oct. 2009.

                                              Technical Reports

                                              • Silvera Tawil, D. 'Artificial Skin and the Interpretation of Touch in Human-Robot Interaction', PhD Thesis, The University of Sydney, 2012. 
                                              • Silvera Tawil, D. 'Fish-Bird Circle B–Movement D', MEngStud Thesis, The University of Sydney, 2007.

                                              Grants & Awards

                                              • Health Round Table Innovations Award (2017)
                                              • UNSW Research Grant (2016)
                                              • Asian Office of Aerospace R&D (2014-2017)
                                              • Australia-Japan Foundation (2014-2015)
                                              • UNSW Early Career Researcher Grant (2014)
                                              • ARC Seed Grant Interdisciplinary (2013)
                                              • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of New South Wales, Australia (2012-2015)
                                              • Best Presentation, University of Sydney Student Conference, Sydney, Australia (2011)
                                              • Best Student Paper, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney, Australia (2009)
                                              • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney, Australia (2008-2012)
                                              • Best Students Project, EDN Innovation Awards, Sydney, Australia (2007)
                                              • Rank #1 Electronics and Communication Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico (2002)
                                              • The University Excellence Award, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico (2002)