After the STS Conference in Graz I attended the Austrian Robotics Workshop (ARW) in Wels. A bigger contrast topic-wise would have been hardly possible I guess. Nevertheless, it was also a great experience meeting several people again I have not talked to for quite some time, such as Prof. Andreas Uhl from University of Salzburg and Prof. Gerald Steinbauer from Graz University of Technology.
My colleague Markus Ikeda from profactor presented the results from the first year of the AssistMe project at the conference and we got some good questions and feedback on our work.
Besides that my colleagues Georg Halmetschlager-Funek and Edith Langer presented their research in the FRANC and SQUIRREL project. Finally, Markus Vincze presented our lessons learned on autonomous navigation in the Hobbit project. So I would say our research group was quite well represented at the event :).
Last week I attended the 15th Annual STS Conference Graz 2016 on Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies. It was a great experience taking part in a more sociological event again. A very different type of discussion and contents compared to the robotics and HCI events I usually attend. I gave an invited talk on my user-centered HRI research at the Robotics and Society Panel organized by Andreas Bischof and Arne Maibaum. We had great discussions about how to link STS, sociology and robotics and I enjoyed talking to Diego Compagna and Martin Meister again. One of my favourite talks was a presentation on “The rise of disaster robotics in South Korea”. It was a wonderful meta reflection on the co-production of science, technology, and the impact of mass media. Besides that I enjoyed the keynote of Prof. Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer who talked about scenario usage and development in ubiquitous computing. And I was positively surprised that there is a Department of Social Sciences at the Technical University of Berlin…maybe I should establish something like that at Vienna University of Technology as well…;)
Really proud to announce that the Hobbit project was not only nominated for the Houska award among the top 5 of 36 submission in the category “university research”, but even received the “best video” award. Congratulations to Prof. Markus Vincze for coordinating this EU-project and all the partners and collaborators for making it such a success. The Houska award is the highest-paying award in Austria for economically oriented research.
Details on the project can be found here: http://hobbit.acin.tuwien.ac.at/
The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvdK1PO9Ro&feature=youtu.be
Details on the award (unfortunatley only in German) here: http://www.bcholding.at/houskapreis-1
I am happy to congratulate Patricia Kluckner to her PhD defense last friday. She completed her PhD thesis at the ICT&S Center in Salzburg, which I co-supervised besides Prof. Manfred Tscheligi. The thesis is entiteled “Providing Empirical Evidence for Long-term Effects of Persuasive Technology. The Use Case of an Ambient Persuasive Display for Changing Energy Consumption Behavior”. If you are interested in her work she had a full paper (with best paper award!) about the long–term field trials at the Fourth International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence 2013.