Selected Publications

Journals, Books & Magazines
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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)