Dr Esyin Chew

Dr Esyin Chew

Department: Department of Applied Computing and Engineering

Office/Location: A0.04A, Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6249

Email: echew@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Dr Esyin Chew is the Reader (Professor without chair) in Robotics and Educational Technologies, a truly interdisciplinary researcher. She is the Head of the EUREKA Robotics Centre, one of the 11 specialist robotics centres in the UK for research facilities, and she has also led a few government, university and industrial funded projects from the EU, Australia, Malaysia and the UK. 

She is a creative academic investigating humanoid service robotics with machine learning capability for impact case studies that attracted national press and media. Esyin provides consultancy and training workshops such as service and social robots for healthcare, hospitality & tourism, and the education sector with data analytics and visualization capabilities, personal response systems and Turnitin-GradeMark-PeerMark. 

Before joining Cardiff Metropolitan University, she worked in the School of IT at Monash University Malaysia and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of South Wales. She facilitated institutional blended learning implementation, staff development on Technology Enhanced Learning and best practices/policy development. Esyin is invited as a keynote speaker for international conferences, reviewer for various indexed journals and conference proceedings in the related field.

Prior to her academic career, Esyin was a software engineer at Acer Group Malaysia and e-Business Ltd, contributing to the development of the first Malaysia online banking system and web-based EIS system back in the 1990s.  ​


Staff development: various mentorship programmes, Online assessment and Feedback with Turnitin-GradeMark-PeerMark, Educational Technologies, Educational Robotics and STEM-STEAM workshops for school teachers.

PhD/MPhil/MSc/BSc Supervision: 

  • Cognition in humanoid robotics 
  • Service robotics for healthcare and hospitality & tourism with machine learning techniques
  • Educational robotics
  • Technology enhanced learning teaching, assessment and feedback with learning analytics
  • Blended Learning and online learning framework 

MSc/MBA/BSc Teaching: 

  • Applications for Social and Service Humanoid Robotics 
  • Physical Computing 
  • Social Media Analytics for Business
  • Management Information Software Tools, System Analysis and Design, Introduction to Data Science (Python, Tableau and SAS Visual Analytics)
  • Business Intelligence and Business Information System
  • Research Methods
  • Computers and Society, IT Governance, Electronic Commerce and Requirement Engineering
  • Python, C++, C and Pascal 
  • Mobile Web Apps Development


1. Humanoid Robotics for Elderly Women's Care and Wellbeing.

2. Bio-inspired robotic modelling with Cognition and ethical-social-legal conduct. 

3. Deep Learning and Classifications for Service Robotics. 

4. Healthcare Robotics as a Service framework with IRoT. 

5. Educational Robotics with machine learning and learning analytics.

Key Publications


 1. Chew, E., Lee, P. H. & Khan, U. S. (2021) Robot Activist for Interactive Child Rights Education, International Journal of Social Robotics. The International Journal for Social Robotics, 10.1007/s12369-021-00751-3 (Impact Factor 3.168; WoS & Scopus-indexed, ranked within the top 20 of the Top Publications Google Scholar citations) 

2. Yang, J. & Chew, E. (2021) The Novel Design Model for Robotic Waitress, The International Journal for Social Robotics https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00745-1 (Impact Factor 3.168; WoS & Scopus-indexed, ranked within the top 20 of the Top Publications Google Scholar citations) 

3. Chew, E. and Chua, X.N. (2020) Robotic Chinese language tutor: personalising progress assessment and feedback or taking over your job?, On the Horizon, https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-04-2020-0015 ISSN: 1074-8121. (Scopus, ECSI Australian Education-Indexed). 

4. Yang, J. & Chew, E. (2020) A Systematic Review for Service Humanoid Robotics Model in Hospitality, Springer International Journal for Social Robotics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00724-y (Impact Factor 3.168; indexed by WoS & Scopus, within the top 20 of Google Robotics publication) 

5. Chew, E. & Turner, D. (2020) Can a Robot bring your life back? Robotics for Rehab. Springer Nature Book Chapter 1: Robotics in Healthcare: Field Examples and Challenges, Sequeira, J. (Ed) Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1170. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24230-5_1 

6. EUREKA Robotics Lab (2019) Written Evidence authored by Esyin Chew, UK Parliment Education Committee Fourth Industrial Revolution Evidence (Policy Impact Publication). 

 7. Chew, E. (2017) What are the implications of artificial intelligence? In Love and War, Written Evidence, UK Parliment Artificial Intelligence Select Committee’s Publications. 

 8. Chew, E. (2018) In Love and War with Service Robots: the Passionate Deployment, Challenges and National Policy Implications, Keynote of the 6th International Conference on Robot Intelligence technology and Applications: Robotics and Machine Intelligence: Building Blocks for Industry 4.0, 16-18 Dec 2018. Springer’s Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering (LNME), Springer Nature Singapore, pp.361-371. SBN: 978-981-13-8322-9 [IEEE and Scopus indexed] 

9. Wong, N. W. H., Chew, E. & Wong, J. S-M. (2017). A review of educational robotics and the need for real-world learning analytics, 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), Phuket, Thailand 13 November 2016. DOI: 10.1109/ICARCV.2016.7838707 (CORE Ranked A; ISI indexed conference proceedings) 

10. Chew Esyin and S.M.F.D Syed Mustapha (2004), ‘Negotiation in a Multi-Dimensional CBR System’ Proceeding of The IEEE Conference on Cybernetic and Intelligent Systems, Singapore, 1191-1195. [ISI-indexed] 

Educational & Mobile Technologies

1. Jones, N., Blackey, H., Fitzgibbon, F. and Chew, E., (2010) ‘Get out of MySpace!’, Elsevier Journal of Computers and Education, 54 (3), 776-782. [ISI-indexed] 

2. Chew, E., Jones, N. and Turner, D. (2008) ‘Critical Review of the Blended Learning Models based on Maslow’s and Vygotsky’s Educational Theory’, In Fong, J. et al. (Eds), Hybrid Learning and Education, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg: Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5169, 40-53. [ISI-indexed]. 

3. Chew, E., Jones, N. and Turner, D. (2008) ‘The Marriage of Rousseau and Blended Learning: An Investigation of 3 Higher Educational Institutions' Praxis’, In Leung, H. et al. (Eds), Advances in Web Based Learning, Springer: Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4823, 641-652. [ISI-indexed] 

4. Chew, E., Turner, D. and Jones, N. (2009) Chapter 1 - ‘In Love and War: Blended Learning Theories for Computer Scientists and Educationists’, In Wang, F., L. Fong, J. and Kwan, R., C. (Eds), The Handbook for Hybrid Learning Models: Advanced Tools, Technologies and Applications, PA: Information Science Reference, pp.1-23. 

 5. Chew, E., Jones, N and Blackey, H. (2010) ‘Implementing Institutional Online Assessment – Addressing the Challenges’, In P. Tsang, S. K. S. Cheung, V. S. K., Lee, R. Huang (Eds), Hybrid Learning, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 6248, 453-464. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14657-2_41 [ISI, Scopus-indexed] 

6. Chew, E. & Ding, S. L. (2014) The Zone of Proximal and Distal Development of the Chinese Language Studies with the Use of Wikis, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 30(2), 184-201. [ISI-indexed] 

7. Chew, E., Ding, S., L. & Rowell, G. (2015) Changing Attitudes in learning and assessment: Cast-off ‘plagiarism detection’ and cast-on self-service assessment for learning, Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 52(5), 454-463. DOI:10.1080/14703297.2013.832633 [ISI-indexed] 

8. Chew, E., Snee, H., Price, T. (2016) Enhancing international postgraduates' learning experience with online peer assessment and feedback innovation, Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53(3), 247-259 [ISI-indexed] 

9. Chew, E., Lee, P. L. & Ho, W.H. (2018) Enhancing Seamless Nurses-Physician Communication After-Hours with Google Glass, 11-12 July 2018 Kuala Lumpur, IEEE 2018 International Conference on Smart Computing and Electronic Enterprise (ICSCEE) 2018 (Best Paper Awards). 10.1109/ICSCEE.2018.8538415 

 10. Mishra, D, Chew, E, Ostrovska, S, Wong, J. (2020) Personal response systems through the prism of students' experiences. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/cae.22298 (WoS & Scopus-indexed)

Other Projects and activities

I am the project leader and founder of the below labs: 

1. EUREKA Robotics Centre (2018-present):
 i. IR Maker Lab: 3D design and printing for bio-inspired robots and robotics parts.
ii. iCare Lab: service robotics for healthcare and hospitality & tourism
iii. STEAM Lab: (1) STEM workshops, CPD and internship for teachers and pupils across Wales, Malaysia and India; (2) Robotics lab design and setup consultancy.

2. Monash STELA Lab (2014-2017): Seamless Technologies Enhanced Learning & Assessment research with assessment & feedback model, robots, mobile devices and smart glasses. 

I am the Principal Investigator (PI) for the following research projects

1. 2018-2019: Robot Dewey, the Chinese Language Tutor, funded by Cardiff Met Interdisciplinary grant. The project was shortlisted as one of the Finalists of the eAssessment Award 2018, the International e-Assessment Awards.

2. 2015: iCONNECT for EU-SEA e-Plagiarism Battle: EUSEA - iCONNECT, funded by FP7 CONNECT2SEA: Connecting ICT in Europe and South East Asia, ICT Cooperation Grant. 

3. 2015-2016: Suhakam Goes Digital with Monash, jointly funded by Human Rights Commission of Malaysia: Suhakam and Monash University Malaysia 

4. 2015-2016: When Clickers meets Socrative: a student experience project for personal response system, funded by Monash University Australia: PVC's L&T Office Better Teaching Better Learning Small Grant. 

5. 2014-2015 Flipped Classroom: A cover up for Die hard Traditional Teaching, Monash University Malaysia: VITAL grant. 

6. 2014-2015: Pedagogy for Electronics and Electrical Engineering & Information Technology Education in Malaysia in the 21st Century, funded by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS). 

7. 2014: Sounds Good or Reads Well? Enhancing Assessment and Feedback Experience with online Audio and Text Feedback, funded by Monash University Australia PVC's L&T Office Better Teaching Better Learning (BTBL) Small Grant 

8. 2010-2011: Enhancing international student experience with innovative assessment and feedback on postgraduate Economics studies at Glamorgan, iLExSIG – International Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group, funded by The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Economics Network, RAE Funding and UK HEA-ELESIG small grant and Research Assessment Exercise Grant. 

9. 2009-2010: Turn it in or Turn it off? A Collaborative Pilot Project for Turnitin/Grademark Experience at Glamorgan, funded by Turnitin UK (iParadigm Ltd), Glamorgan Sandpit Education Research Grant. 

10. 2005: Biometric Authentication for E-Commerce, funded by Ministry of Education Malaysia Research Vote: PJP Research. 

Selected Professional activities:
Editor, Chair and Reviewer: 

  • General Chair and Host of the 8th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA2020), Cardiff. 
  • Editorial Board of the 'PeerJ Computer Science', ISI/SCI Q1, Scopus indexed (2020-to-date) 
  • Editor board for MEKATRONIKA. http://journal.ump.edu.my/mekatronika (2019 -to-date) 
  • Reviewer of the International Journal of Social Robotics, WoS & Scopus-indexed Q2 (2018 –to date) 
  • Reviewer of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, WoS Q2 & Scopus-indexed (2012-to date) 
  • Reviewer of the Journal of Computers and Education, WoS Q1& Scopus-indexed Q1 (2012-2015) 
  • Reviewer and Committee Member of the 20th European Conference on e-Learning, 28-29 October 2021, Berlin, Germany. 
  • Reviewer and Programme Committee of the 7th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA 2019) 
  • Advisory Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Innovative Technology, Engineering and Sciences (iCITES 2020), Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia. 
  • Reviewer of the First Telemedicine Conference, Malaysia (2015) 
  • Reviewer and Committee member of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th,15th, 16th,17th European e-Learning Conference, Portugal, UK, Netherland, France, Czech Republic, Greece (2010-to date). 
  • Review Committee of the Tenth International Conference on Design Science, Research and Information System and Technology, Dublin, Ireland (2015) 
  • Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for the 6th International Plagiarism Conference, UK (2014). 
  • Reviewer of the 4th,5th & 6th International Plagiarism Conference, UK (2010, 2012, 2014) 
  • Reviewer of the Journal of Applied Research, UK (2009-2013) 
  • Reviewer of the 7th International Conference on Information Integration and Web Based Applications & Services (iiWAS), Kuala Lumpur (2005) 
  • Reviewer of the Joint International Conference on Informatics and Research Women in ICT, Kuala Lumpur (2004) 
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Problem-based Learning in Electronic Journal University of Malaya (2004-2005) 
  • Editor of the Joint International Conference on Informatics and Research Women in ICT Kuala Lumpur (2004) 

Invited Keynote Speaker or Trainer: 

  • Invited Speaker for Panel Discussion in Artificial Intelligence: Robotics, the curriculum and inclusion with other policymakers https://www.hefestival.com/speakers-2019 https://vimeo.com/345303465 
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, the 6th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications, Robotics and Machine Intelligence. 16-18 Dec 2018. https://icrita2018.org/speakers.php 
  • Invited Keynote Speaker (2017) Trends in Holistic Education Symposium Asia. https://thesa.taylors.edu.my/programme/keynote-speakers 
  • Invited Trainer (16 Aug 2017) From blended learning theory to practical: mobile educational technologies enhanced assessment and feedback (part of the academic staff development CEED module), Campus Education Excellence, Monash University Malaysia. 
  • Invited Speaker in the 25th MEIPTA meeting that consists of 22 public local universities e-learning heads / heads of education management / heads of academic development. (July 2015)
  • Invited Trainer to University of Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) for Academic Training in Seamless Technology Enhanced Assessment. (Dec 2015) 
  • Invited Keynotes Speaker, UCSI University 2nd Blended Learning Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Nov, 2013) 
  • Keynotes Address of the 5th International Conference on Hybrid Learning, Guangzhou, China (Aug, 2012)
  • Invited Speaker for Turnitin, Quality Conference, University of Wales (August 2011) 


1. Member, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (since 2018) 

2. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom (since 2011)

3. Member, e-Assessment Association, UK (2010-2013)

Awards and Recognitions:

1. Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award of Research and Innovation, Cardiff Met University (2018). 

2. Finalist eAssessment Award (2018), the International e-Assessment Awards, Innovation Category: Robot Dewey, the Chinese Language Tutor http://eassessmentawards.com/shortlist-2018 

3. Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing and Electronic Enterprise (2018): The Design of the Care4Patience with Google Glass. 

4. Welsh Crucible (2017) Award Winning Leadership Development Programme for Future Research Leaders: http://www.welshcrucible.org.uk/esyin-chew 

5. Bronze Prize, the National Invention, Innovation and Design Competition: Innovation of Healthcare starts from OK Glass (2015). 

6. Bronze prize, the UiTM Teaching Aid Competition: The use of BYOD with Socrative and Clickers (2014). 

7. Best Poster Presentation, Elsevier’s Computer-Aided Learning Conference, UK (2011). 

8. Gold Medal awards in University of Malaya, Research, Design and Innovation Expo: Mutually-Beneficial iE-E Seeker, A Web Intelligent Matching Using Multi- Dimensional Case-Based Reasoning (2006). 

9. Silver Medal Awards in University of Malaya: 100 years Research, Design and Innovation Expo: Easy Voice Authentication System v.10 for e-Commerce (2005). 

10. Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University Australia; Faculty nominee for the Vice Chancellor’s Citation Award (2015): Educational Technologies. 

11. Best Lecturer Awards in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Malaya, in academic year of 2005/2006, 2004/2005, 2003/2004 (voted by students).

External Links





EUREKA Robotics Lab (2019) is profiled by the International Trade Department, UK Government as one of the 11 specialist centres in the UK to access Social/ Service Robotics facilities and long-term healthcare robotics R&D. 

BBC (2020) Adam Walton explores our relationship with robots, we’ll hear from Dr Esyin Chew, Founder of Eureka Robotics Lab at Cardiff Met, Dr Ze Ji, from the School of Engineering at Cardiff University; and Professor Robert Richardson, Director of the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation at the University of Leeds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000l14c