Shakila Shayan


Within the Human Experience and Media Design research group and the HU, Shakila is a lecturer for Master in Data Driven Design, and a senior researcher on various projects, including  projects on application of AI in medical practice and in conversational design.

Before joining the HU, she spent a year in London, to do a fellowship in Social Innovation and completed user interaction projects for Education and City Counsel. She is originally from Iran where she grew up and finished her B.Sc. in Computer and Electrical Engineering at University of Tehran.


Dr. Shakila Shayan completed her PhD research at Indiana University, Bloomington, United States in the field of Cognitive Science and Computer Science. Her research was focused on experimental and computational models of children’s language acquisition. She then joined Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, in Nijmegen to work with the Language and Cognition group, on cross-linguistic studies of language of perception.  Later she joined Utrecht University as a senior researcher to lead a project on embodied cognition and design research. In collaboration with University of Berkeley she designed a series of eye-tracking studies to investigate student’s learning of Mathematical concepts through body interaction with an iPad App.



  • Cognitive Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human & Computer interaction and User Experience



  • human hand holding robot
    • Research groups: Digital Ethics, Human Experience & Media Design
    • 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022
    AI in the human loop

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Shakila Shayan

  • Lecturer-researcher
  • Research group: Human Experience & Media Design