Dr. Merijn Bruijnes holds a Ph.D. from the Human Media Interaction Group (HMI) of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Currently, he works as a post-doc researcher on dialogue models and response selection models for virtual agents at the same group. His current projects include the Horizon 2020 EU projects ARIA VALUSPA and Council of Coaches. His thesis focussed on the design and evaluation of a virtual agent that plays the role of a suspect in role-play training of police interviews. This ‘virtual suspect’ can be used by students of the police academy to hone their interrogation skills. Additionally, he is interested in the societal impact that novel communication technologies such as telepresence robotics can have (see project *Bot). His interest in new technologies also extend to the food domain. He aims to use interactive technology to improve the experience of food and drinks (see project Tasty Bits & Bytes). Merijn received several awards and prices, including best paper awards and an award for popular media coverage. Merijn holds an M.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics obtained at the University of Twente.