Astrid Weiss studied sociology and earned her doctorate in social sciences at the University of Salzburg. Already during her studies she specialized in methods of empirical social research and applied statistics. After her doctorate she was a postdoc at the HCI & Usability Unit, at the ICT & S Center and at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Contextual Interfaces” at the University of Salzburg. She also had research stays at the University of Amsterdam (Intelligent Systems Lab) and the University of Twente (Human Media Interaction Group). Currently Astrid Weiss is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Visual Computing & Human Centered Technology at the Vienna University of Technology. Her project “Shared Space: Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction”, funded by the FWF’s Elise Richter Program, investigates long-lasting connections between humans and service and companion robots. Weiss is one of Austria’s key figures in the interdisciplinary research field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), as evidenced by numerous articles, lectures and conference organizations. She is particularly interested in the effects of technology on everyday life and what motivates people to reject or accept technology. Before joining the Faculty of Computer Science, Weiss worked as a FWF-Hertha-Firnberg scientist at the Vision4Robotics Group (Institute of Automation and Control, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Vienna University of Technology), researching the effects of faulty robot behaviour on human-robot collaboration. Astrid Weiss is regarded as one of the pioneers in the combination of empirical social research and robotics, both in co-designing the research field and in industry-related research.
TU Wien, Faculty of Informatics
Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group
Argentinierstraße 8/E193-5, 1040 Vienna, Austria
2005-2010: PhD in Social Sciences at the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria.
PhD thesis on “Validation of an Evaluation Framework for Human-Robot Interaction“.
Supervisors: Prof. Martin Weichbold and Prof. Manfred Tscheligi.
Oral exam: March 17th, 2010.
2000-2005: MA in Sociology, specialization in methods of empirical social research and applied statistics, University of Salzburg, Austria.
MA thesis on “Innovationen im Österreichischen Alpentourismus“ (eng: Innovations in the Austrian Alps Tourism).
Supervisor: Prof. Reinhard Bachleitner.
Oral exam: March 4th, 2005.
Areas of Expertise
- Human-Robot Interaction theories and methodologies
- Human-Computer Interaction theories and methodologies
- Social Interfaces
- Methods of empirical social research and applied statistics
since Oct. 2017: Senior researcher (Elise Richter awardee), Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Human Computer Interaction Group, led by Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
May. 2013-Jul.2016: Postdoctoral researcher (Hertha Firnberg awardee), ACIN Institute of Automation and Control, Vision4Robotics group, led by Prof. Markus Vincze, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Sep. 2011-Jan. 2012: Visiting research fellow, Intelligent Systems Lab, led by Prof. Frans Groen, the University of Amsterdam and Human Media Interaction Group, led by Prof. Vanessa Evers, University of Twente, the Netherlands (5 months).
Apr. 2010-Feb.2013: Postdoctoral researcher, ICT&S-Center, Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria.
2007-2010: Research and teaching assistant, ICT&S-Center, Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria.
Sep. 2010: Visiting research fellow, Institute of Media and Communication Science, Media Design & Media Psychology team, led by Prof. Nicola Döring, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, (3 days).
Oct. 2009: Visiting research fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), CNRS-AIST Joint Japanese-French Robotics Laboratory (JRL), led by Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar, Tsukuba, Japan (2 weeks).
Sep. 2008: Short Term Scientific Mission (cost-action294: MAUSE), Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), IHCS group, led by Prof. Philippe Palanque, University of Toulouse, France (1 month).
2006-2007: Project collaborator for “ITV4all” project, ICT&S-Center Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg, Austria.
Oct. 2005 – Jun. 2006: Internship, ICT&S-Center Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg, Austria (3 months).
Oct. 2003 – Jun. 2004: Collaboration on the interdisciplinary study-project: “Leben 2014” (eng: Life 2014, development of future plans for the Austrian region Upper-Pinzgau with the sociological scenario technique), Institute of Sociology, led by Prof. Reinhard Bachleitner (6 months), University of Salzburg, Austria.
Affiliations to Research Projects
- TU Wien Doctoral College TrustRobots (Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots). 3-years project, started in 2018, co-advisor of 3 PhD students
- FWF project SharedSpace (Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction: What makes people accept or reject companion robots). 3-years project, starts in 2018, single person project (Elise Richter programme). Principal investigator 250.000€
- FFG project AssistMe (Human-zentrierte Assistenzrobotik in der Produktion). 2-years project, started in 2015 involving ACIN, Vienna University of Technology, PROFACTOR GmbH, BMW Motoren Sreyr GmbH, GPN GmbH. Principal investigator and leader of the ACIN group in the project (1 workpackage); 840.000€
- FWF project V4HRC (Vision-based Human-Robot Cooperation: Perspective Sharing). 3-years project, started in 2013, single person project (Hertha Firnberg programme). Principal investigator 220.000€
- FFG project GENUINE (Gender Inclusive User Interface Design). 2-years project, started in 2011, involving the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, and Vienna University of Technology. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (2 workpackages); 400.000€
- FFG project PEEM (Persuasive End-user Energy Management). 2.5-years project, started in 2010, involving the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, CURE, and Salzburg AG. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (2 workpackages); 150.000€
- European Specific Targeted Research Project IURO (Interactive Urban Robot). 3-year project, started in 2010, under contract FP7-ICT- 248314, involving 4 universities and 1 industrial partner. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (1 workpackage); 2 Mio€
- Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces“. 5-year project, started in 2009, involving University of Salzburg and 2 industrial partners. Principal investigator and leader of the research module “Contextual Interfaces for the Factory” http://www.contextual-interfaces.org/
- Robotics Multi Annual Roadmap Topic Group on Natural Interaction with Social Robots;
- ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
- AISB – Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
- Junge Akademie, Österreichische Akademie derWissenschaften, ÖAW