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Dr Vali Lalioti

Director of Programmes UAL Creative Computing Institute
University of the Arts London
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Prof. Vali Lalioti, Creative XR and Robotics, is a pioneering designer, computer scientist and innovator. She is the Director of Programmes, Creative Computing Institute (CCI), University of Arts London (UAL).

Vali has a PhD in Computer Science, an MRes in Design from Royal College of Art (RCA) and an MBA, with extensive international leadership, research and innovation experience in Silicon Valley, Africa, China, Japan and Europe. Vali is passionate about how society and technology interact. She helped develop the world’s first Virtual Reality (VR) systems in Germany and built a cross cultural VR research centre, as a Professor of Computer Science in post-apartheid South Africa. She developed the first ever BBC Augmented Reality production in 2003, which won the Royal Television Society judges award.

Vali's robotics research focuses on human-robot interaction and designing robotic movement with culture in mind and for societal applications including well-being, healthy aging and the future of work. Vali’s research has been published extensively in books, academic journals and international conferences. Her VR/AR and robotic designs won innovation awards and she’s been interviewed by WIRED, Dezeen, BBC Horizon and the UK press.

She has led EU and InnovateUK funded research projects and delivered Knowledge Exchange Professor with global business schools and consulting at FTSE-100 companies and non-profits in China, USA and Europe. Founder-Director of The Innovation Consultancy, Vali is at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in technology, design and the arts, including a ground-breaking VR/XR platform to help performers and live venues hit hard by Covid-19.

Vali leads the development of exciting new courses in Robotics, Computer Science and AI and directs the Institute's BSc, MSc, MA and Diploma courses. She leads a diverse team of designers, artists, academics, researchers and computer scientists through a values-based approach that promotes diversity, inclusion and interdisciplinary learning principles.