Interview on Cobots


The Medical Device Developments magazine interviewed me on my research on cobots. Have a look on page 48ff if you are interested in my thoughts on the future manufacturing world in which humans and robots work shoulder-to-shoulder.

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.

Proceedings of STS Graz 2016 are online

I hardly ever do this, but in that specific case I want to call your attention to one of my recently published papers, entitled:

It was published in the framework of the 15th Annual STS Conference Graz 2016 Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies.

This is a reflection that constantly accompanies my thoughts on HRI research and I would be happy about any comments and thoughts from fellow researchers. Just drop me a line in case… 🙂

Finally our journal paper got published

Lorenz, T.; Weiss, A. & Hirche, S.
Synchrony and Reciprocity: Key Mechanisms for Social Companion Robots in Therapy and Care
International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer Netherlands, 2015, 1-19

Originally, this article should have been the opener for a Special Issue on “The Future of Social Companion Robots” which unfortunatley did not come together, but still I am happy that this article gets published, as it gives an overview on how the two key mechanisms of human interaction synchrony and reciprocity affect human-robot interaction both in the behavioral level (movements) and in the social level (relationships).

IROS2015 – Workshop Keynote


After two very relaxing vacation days with my husband, I attended the first workshop day at IROS2015. I was invited by Dr. Chris Bevan as a keynote speaker for the workshop Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings. I presented my research performed during my PhD and postdoc at the University of Salzburg. The major part focussed on our research in the IURO project. Above all I wanted to point out the reflections we already made in 2012, published at ICSR.

  • Mirnig N., Strasser E., Weiss, A., and Tscheligi, M. Studies in Public Places as a Means to Positively Influence People’s Attitude towards Robots. In ICSR2012: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Social Robotics (2012), pp. 209-218.

And also give an overview on the overall findings of the IURO project which we could just recently publish in the Journal of Behavioural Robotics.

  • Weiss, A., Mirnig, N., Bruckenberger, U., Strasser, E., Tscheligi, M., Wollherr, D., and Stanczyk, B. The Interactive Urban Robot: User-centered development and final field trial of a direction requesting robot. Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, (2015).

The workshop was really beneficial for me for catching up with researchers exploring similar research directions as we did in ACE and IURO, plus Hamburg is just a wonderful city 🙂