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 🙂

RO-MAN2015: Meta Analysis on the Godspeed Questionnaire Series

This year’s RO-MAN conference took place in Kobe, Japan. Unfortunately, I could not go there even though I had a first author paper there. There is a reason, why I want to write about that one, even though I did not attend the… Christoph Bartneck and I co-authored a paper entitled: Meta Analysis Of The Usage Of The Godspeed Questionnaire Series, which he presented at the conference.

Christoph and I had the idea for that paper during RO-MAN 2014, where Christoph asked me: Is there anything you really want to write about? And my reply was: I heard so many talks already using your Godspeed Questionnaire, shouldn’t it be possible by now to accumulate findings?

Christoph loved the idea and right after the conference we started collecting and analysing the results we found. It proved to be a challenging endeavour as in the HRI community we still do not have a standardized way of reporting user study results. However, based on 18 comparable NAO study papers we could show common and contradictive findings. I really think that this paper is a valuable contribution for the community by trying to combine findings from single studies into one bigger picture.

Trip Report Joint Action Meeting


From July 1-3 I attended the Joint Action Meeting (JAM) in Budapest Hungary.

JAM is a bi-annual conference which brings together cognitive scientists and researchers from related disciplines who share an interest in individuals’ ability to act together. From the HRI community well-known suspects were present: Rachid Alami, Aurelie Clodic, Laurel Riek, and Tamara Lorenz and I presented the research from my Herta-Firnberg Scholarship research in the same session. Moreover, also a researcher from Aude Billard’s lab was there, presenting interesting research on robotic therapy for schizophrenia (AlterEgo) project.

I mainly presented my second human-human study on a collaborative task where the goal is not pre-defined. My study set-up was derived from the study design of a well-known member of the joint action community: Herbert Clark (Clark, H. H. & Krych, M. A. (2004). Speaking while monitoring addresses for understanding. Journal of Memory and Language, 50(1), 62-81). He was also in the audience when I presented and afterwards we had interesting questions on how cognitive science and robotics can collaborate better in future.

In general I have to say that the conference was really beneficial for my HRI research interests as it gave new perspectives on how humanities can inform robotics.

Right now I am writing up my Hertha-Firnberg research on Human-Human Joint Action for Human-Robot Interaction in a journal paper for the following Special Issue: Towards a framework for Joint Action for the International Journal on Social Robotics (eds. Aurelie Clodic, Cordula Vesper, Elisabeth Pacherie, Rachid Alami). There will also be a follow-up workshop held at ICSR2015 in Paris, where I can hopefully already present results on my first HRI study, which my colleague Markus Bajones and I are currently setting-up.