…after my maternity leave, I won’t go back to my old institute (ACIN Institute of Automation and Control) at the TU Wien. After the second trial, I was granted the Elise Richter Programme for senior post-docs from FWF Austrian funding agency. The Elise-Richter Programme is the follow-up to the Hertha-Firnberg Programme for “extremely well qualified female scientists who are working towards a career in universities”. So the Austrian academic system gives me another 3 years to prove myself 😉
From October onward I will be affiliated with the Human-Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology. My three-years grant is on research about Long-term Human-Robot Interaction. The project will have its own website as soon as I am officially back at work.
I had a wonderful time at the Vision4Robotics group and will definitively miss my colleagues a lot. However, great things never come from comfort zones…
Now my TEDx TU Wien talk is online now. You can watch it here:
In case you are interested in the research behind the talk you can read it up here:
The FWF (Austrian funding agency for fundamental research projects) selected my project for a promotional video. Finally you can watch it, it is unfortunately only in German:
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!