Dagstuhl Seminar

19171.01.l22. – 26. April 2019 the Dagstuhl seminar, I co-organized, on Ethics and Trust: Principles, Verification and Validation in AI and robotics took place. It was a great experience and a really fruitful discussion wrt trustworthy human-robot interaction and machine ethics. Interdisciplinary discourse between computer scientists, philosophers, and roboticists at its best.

I will update the post as soon as the report of the seminar is online (around August)!

“Dagstuhl Seminars are frequently praised by participants as the most productive academic events they have ever experienced. This can be attributed to Dagstuhl’s unique concept: Dagstuhl seminars promote personal interaction and open discussion of results as well as ideas. Unlike at most conferences, the focus is not solely on the presentation of established results but to equal parts on results, ideas, sketches, and open problems. Dagstuhl offers one of Germany’s most comprehensive research libraries for computer science, meeting rooms of all sizes, and modern IT facilities. It has earned a reputation as Informatics Capital throughout the world.” – https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/dagstuhl-seminars/


Informal EMCO: Invited Talk


Last week, I gave an invited talk on “The Future of HRI in the care sector” at the 2018 Informal EMCO meeting. The Employment Committee of the European Commission (EMCO) is an advisory committee set up to implement the European Employment Strategy and to promote coordination between Member States on employment and labour market policies.  This year’s topic was Digitalization. Besides another talk of care robotics given by Haus der Barmherzigkeit, a tremendously informative talk was given by Sociology professor Jörg flecker (University Vienna).

PubRob 2018: Invited Talk


This week, I gave my first invited talk with my newborn son (almost 3 months) carried in the baby sling via Skype 🙂 So happy that modern technology makes it possible to contribute to academia while on parental leave.

It was an invited talk on my research on robots in public space at the PubRob 2018 workshop, which was held in conjunction with MobileHCI this year. The presented work was mainly from the EU-project IURO (during my University of Salzburg time). You can find the slides on the workshop website.

This workshop was the fifth in a series of meetings (and the fourth workshop) organised around the theme of public space human-robot interaction. Details of previous events can be found on the PubRob website.


Best paper award :)

IMG_1800Some great news: Our first publication within the SharedSpace project won the best paper ward at “Social Robots. A Workshop on the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions” which took place in conjunction with  PETRA 2018, the 11th ACM Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments.

My colleague and future PhD student Glenda Hannibal (she will be part of the TrustRobot PhD College) presented our work. In our paper entitled: “What makes people accept or reject companion robots: A research agenda”, we outlined our theoretical basis and methodological strategy for the SharedSpace project.

First ShardSpace Publication

buddy-family-companion-robotI am happy to announce that my first publication on my new FWF Elise-Richter project SharedSpace was accepted for publication for a workshop held in conjunction with PETRA2018:

Social Robots. A Workshop on the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions

The paper outlines the research agenda of the project and the underlying sociological framework. It is co-authored with Glenda Hannibal, who will also present the work at the workshop in Corfu in June.

Attending Robo-Philosophy

robo2018_bannerbig.jpgLast week I attended the Robo-Philosopohy conference hosted by University of Vienna. The conference theme was:  Envisioning Robots In Society: Politics, Power, And Public Space. I was delighted by the 2 keynotes  I manged to attend by Guy Standing and Hiroshi Ishiguro (very unfortunately I missed the keynote of Joanna Bryson, but I have already heard 2 brilliant keynotes from her at other venues!). Also the talks and workshops offered me new and different perspectives on my work in Human-Robot Interaction. I hope in future to see an even closer collaboration of philosophy and robotics…we need a way to implement these thoughts in actual AI systems. One of the promising talks on how to bring social practices and robotics closer together was given by Aurelie Clodic from CNRS-LAAS.

Unfortunately, for personal reasons I could not give my announced talk entitled:

Laundry and Garbage collection – a reasonable scenario for a care facility robot?  

However, if you are interested in my thoughts, I am happy to share my audio supplemented slides with you!