Mike Ligthart

Mike Ligthart

Mike Ligthart is an assistant professor at the Social AI research group at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 2022 from the VU and Delft University of Technology. His main research activities are studying the child-robot relationship, creating interaction content in collaborations with artists, and developing reusable interaction design patterns for autonomous social robot behaviors.

Roles in Hybrid Intelligence: Participant

Hybrid Intelligence Research Lines: Collaborative HI

Hybrid Intelligence Projects:

  • 1.29 Personalised long-term interaction with an application to educational robots
  • 2.14 Hybrid Content Generation for Personalized Child-Robot Interaction
  • PhD project

Research interests: Child-robot Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship Building, Autonomous Social Robots, Interactive Content Design.


  • Social AI, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

More information:


Paper: Mike E.U. Ligthart, Mark A. Neerincx, and Koen V. Hindriks. 2022. Memory-Based Personalization for Fostering a Long-Term Child-Robot Relationship. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '22). IEEE Press, 80–89. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.5555/3523760.3523775