Christiana Tsiourti finished her PhD

Christiana Tsiourti came as a visiting PhD researcher for her last year to the V4R group. I was her host supervisor together with Markus Vincze. She did two exciting HRI studies during her stay, one is published at HAI2017 conference and one will soon be published in the Social Robotics Journal. Her PhD thesis is now available online:

Now Christiana even took over my “Basics in HRI course” while I am on maternity leave with my second child and I just saw students’ final presentations yesterday….really impressive.

So Christiana keep up with the great work and all the best for your future academic career!


Dr. Patricia M. Kluckner

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.


ICSR 2015 – Selected for the Design Competition


One of my students from the “Basics in HRI course” was selected with her seminar project among the 10 presenters for the ICSR2015 design competition. We are really exited. Hope to see many of you at the conference in Paris and that you vote for her demo! 😉

And at that point I should mention that I am really happy about my FWF funding that allows me paying her travels. My Hertha-Firnberg scholarship is absolutely giving me the flexibility I need!

So we did not make it among the top 3, but we were selected among the top 15 out of 21 submissions, which is already a huge success. And I was really impressed of Marion’s confident presentation.


Master student graduated

I am happy to congratulate Susanne Stadler to her master graduation. She completed her master thesis at the ICT&S Center in Salzburg, which I co-supervised besides Prof. Manfred Tscheligi. The thesis topic was about HRI in the factory context with a special focus on programming by demonstration. If you are interested in her work she had a full paper about the biggest user study she did for her masters degree at RO-MAN2013. More detials about her research you can find here:


Master student graduated

I am happy to congratulate Gerald Stollnberger to his master graduation. He completed his master thesis at the ICT&S Center in Salzburg, which I co-supervised besides Prof. Manfred Tscheligi. The thesis is entitled: “The effect of input modalities, different levels of task complexity and embodiment on users’ overall performance and perception in human-robot collaboration tasks”. If you are interested in his work in the RO-MAN2013 (Full Paper) proceedings and the HRI 2013 (Late Breaking Report) proceedings. Gerald will continue his research in HRI as PhD student in Salzburg and I wish him all the best for that!


Teaching: Basics in HRI

So the first semester of teaching my first self-developed course on “Basics in Human-Robot Interaction” is over and I am very happy with the outcome :-). It was a small course with only 7 attendees, but that offered the really great opportunity to work on their first interdisciplinary HRI project. We used Lego Mindstorm for rapid prototyping and students had one semester to perform a full (small-scale) user-cetnered design cycle, including problem statement development, scenario & persona development, prototyping, evaluation plan set-up and user study conduction. Moreover, we discussed one relevant HRI paper in every unit and I gave a topic-related lecture.

Let’s wait and and see what the next semester brings 🙂


INTRO Joint Workshop and Seminar at Robosoft

INTROfacing-left-e1291203539318Last week I gave a lecture on “Usabililty, User Experience and Social Acceptance in HRI” at the INTRO Joint Workshop and Seminar, which was hosted by Robosoft at Bidart, France.  The INTRO project  is a 4-year EU-funded Initial Training Network (ITN) in the Marie-Curie People Programme (FP7), for more details see This was the last workshop and the PhD students who will soon finish their studies (watch out academia and industry, some really brilliant people will search for position soon!) presented their results. It was really interesting and the demos of the robots were impressive as well.

So the troubles with getting to France and leaving France again (air traffic control strike) were definitely out-balanced by the content of the workshop, as well as by the fact that we spent lunch breaks at the atlantic beach :-). Plus food in France is just great!