Forthcoming Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Hosting a Distinguished Visiting Fellow can be an opportunity to work with eminent researchers who are world class in their field, leading to long lasting relationships to benefit your own career and potential future collaborations for SICSA.  There will be some interesting talks from SICSA DVFs in the near future and details of these talks can be found on the SICSA Events Page once all details are confirmed,

You can access the full reports from previously funded DVFs on the SICSA report page.
For more information on how to apply for SICSA funding please see the funding webpage.


Esra Erdem, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Sabanci University

Esra Erdem is an associate professor in computer science and engineering at Sabanci University. She received her Ph.D. in computer sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (2002), and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto and Vienna University of Technology from 2002 to 2006. Her research is in the area of artificial intelligence, in particular, the mathematical foundations of knowledge representation and reasoning, and their applications to cognitive robotics and computational biology..

Esra’s visit is being hosted by hosted by Subramanian Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh


Dr Rogelio Cardona-Rivera, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program, University of Utah

Dr Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program at the University of Utah, where he directs the Laboratory for Quantitative Experience Design. Alongside his students, he researches technologies to improve and define narrative intelligence through cognitive science, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. He received his PhD and MSc in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and his BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Rogelio has published at diverse, high-impact venues in and around intelligent narrative technologies, and his work has been recognized with a Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) in 2012, a Best Student Paper on a Cognitive Science Topic at the Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative in 2012, and an Honourable Mention for Best Paper at the ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference in 2016. In 2017, he was recognized as a “New and Future Educator in AI” by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has served on numerous program committees, co-chaired the Workshops at the 2017 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, was an Invited Keynote at the 2018 ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games, and will co-chair the program of the 2019 ICIDS. Rogelio has interned as a computational narratologist at Sandia National Laboratories and Disney Research, and his research is supported by IARPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. National GEM Consortium.

Rogelio’s visit is being hosted by Dr Ron Petrick, Heriot Watt University.


Professor Rong Zheng, Shanghai Donghua University

Professor Zheng is a professor at the Shanghai International Fashion Innovation Centre in Donghua University. She was the former director of the BIFT‐Aimer Human Engineering Research Centre, and has formerly served as dean and associate dean of School of Fashion Art & Engineering at BIFT. She is a Commissioner of the China Fashion Association (CFA) and Chinese Technical Committee of Standardization of Ergonomics, an expert member of China National Garment Association (CNGA), and an international specialist in ISO/TC133 Clothing sizing systems ‐ size designation, size measurement methods and digital fittings.
Rong developed a new Chinese bra sizing system (Zheng et al., 2007), which was recognized by the Time Magazine Asia as the Best Viewpoint in the “Best Invention of the Year 2007”. As a principle investigator, Rong developed inner‐shuttle ergonomics shoes worn in the weightless environment of air craft and space station for Shenzhou 7, 9, and 11 tasks in 2008, 2012 and 2016 in collaboration with China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, and designed the uniform for the China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) team in 2009. She was named as CNGA’s Person of the Year in 2013 and her design KOKOLO Shoes wins “Reddot award 2018 winner” in German.

Rong;s visit will be hosted by Dr Yang Jiang, Robert Gordon University.