I am happy to congratulate Sebastian Osswald to his master graduation. He completed his master thesis, which I co-supervised besides his first supervisor Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, entitled: “Technology Acceptance Factors: A Case Study on an In-Vehicle Information System”. He proposes a combination of a theoretical communication studies-based approach with a user-centered human-computer interaction approach, considering the acceptance of an in-vehicle information system. If you are interested in his work you find a poster on his approach in the AutomotiveUI2010 proceedings.
From the 6th to the 9th of March the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2011) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. The theme of this year’s conference was “Real World HRI”, which intended to highlight HRI in which basic scientific research is further tested in real world settings or applied to settings to questions that arise in real world settings. Our HRI research group was present with 3 posters of work done by our students and they all did a very nice job on their first poster presentation and their first conference in general.
Moreover, we presented a position paper on the work in the IURO project at the workshop “The role of expectations in HRI”, entitled: What Users Expect of a Proactive Navigation Robot (Weiss, A., Mirnig, N. and Förster F.)
However, the biggest success for me personally was the HRI Pioneers Workshop 2011. After an intensive preparation phase of almost one year an interesting and active workshop took place, bringing together young researchers from various disciplines working in HRI. I am looking forward to next year’s Pioneers workshop and I keep my fingers crossed fort he OC of next year. See you in Boston!