Dr. Marcel Heerink is an associate professor at Windesheim Flevoland University of Applied Sciences in Almere, The Netherlands and a professor at LaSalle University in Barcelona/Almere. He initiates and leads projects on social robots in care and education, mostly directed towards individuals with special needs, like people with dementia, children with autism and long term hospitalized children.

He has a passionate interest in the therapeutic and educational perspectives of human-robot relationships and the associated ethical and philosophical issues. His work with social robots inspires him to an elaborate vision on who we are, what we feel and where we could be going.

In the Netherlands, Marcel is an acclaimed speaker on the future of social robotics, known for his book ‘Zolang je robot maar van je houdt’ (‘As long as your robot loves you’).