So this is it. HRI2017 is finally over. 1.5 years of dedicated work together with Jim Young to put together the best program possible. At least Jim and I are happy with how the program turned out in the end. Clearly, there are some points we wished we could have done differently (eg. having a dedicated video session, having longer companion sessions etc.).
When I received one of the two service awards yesterday (second one went well-deserved to my colleague Markus Bajones!), I was so surprised that I did not say the following I want to share now:
How was it possible for me to be program co-chair while being pregnant and giving birth:
1. I have an incredibly supportive husband
2. From May 2016 onwards I put down almost all other duties (teaching, reviewing, proposal writing etc.)
3. My co-chair Jim Young was incredibly supportive from day one in January, when I told him I was pregnant and can no longer be his co-chair. He convinced me that we can make it work and reduced my workload in times when it would just have been too much.
That was lived gender mainstreaming and he deserves a lot of credit for that, besides all the great work he did for the PC.
So I consider this a shared award for the two of us!
I am currently advising the work of our visiting researcher Christiana Tsourti.
Please take part in her survey, it is a pre-study to some extensive lab trials and we need some empirical evidence for the experimental design first 🙂
So, I did not want to post during my maternity leave…however, Jim and I put together an exciting program for HRI2017 in Vienna, which is only a few weeks away. Thanks to all our research fellows for submitting their excellent work, it was a pleasure (but also a lot of work :D) to put together the program, you can find it here: http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2017/programme/
Time for a break…not a 100% break…but priorities will shift in a few weeks from now.
V4R I had a great time with you guys the last 3 years…see you again Oct 2017!
Years fly by when you have fun…
In 2012/2013 I got awarded with a Hertha-Firnberg postdoc scholarship, which enabled me to pursue my research on Human-Robot Collaboration. Have a look on the project website if you are interested in details. And as a nice ending my university also published a press article about the project today:
I hardly ever do this, but in that specific case I want to call your attention to one of my recently published papers, entitled:
I was invited to contribute to a panel and workshop discussion on the interrelations between gender, care, and assistive technology, which took place last week in Munich, Germany. The workshop was hosted by the “Forschungsverbund ForGenderCare”, which studies from an interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical perspective how gender and care play together.
I gave insights from my experiences within the GENUINE and the HOBBIT project. Our main discussion points in the breakout sessions were,
(1) if user-centered design research in HRI is technic-deterministic.
(2) how to better relate STS research and HRI research to guarantee a better up-take of interdisciplinary research endeavours.