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Contact Information:

Vision4Robotics Group
ACIN Insititute of Automation and Control
Vienna University of Technology
Gusshausstraße 27-29/E376,
1040 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (1) 58801 – 376 618
Fax: +43 (1) 58801 – 376 97
Email: astrid.weiss@tuwien.ac.at
http://www.acin.tuwien.ac.at/forschung/v4r/

Education:

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

Research Experience:

since May. 2013: 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:

  • FWF project V4HRC: (Vision-based Human-Robot Cooperation: Perspective Sharing). 3-years project, started in 2013, single person project (Hertha Firnberg programme).
    Principal investigator
  • 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)
  • European Specific Targeted Research Project HOBBIT (HOBBIT-The mutual care robot). 3-years project, started in 2011, under contract FP7-ICT-2011-7 ICT and Ageing, involving 5 universities and 2 industrial partners, and 1 end user organisation.
    Project collaborator
    http://hobbit.acin.tuwien.ac.at/
  • 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 Technoloy.
    Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (2 workpackages)
    http://genuine.ict.tuwien.ac.at/
  • 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)
    http://peem.cure.at/
  • 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)
    http://www.iuro-project.eu/
  • 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/
  • European Specific Targeted Research Project ROBOT@CWE (Advanced robotic systems in future collaborative working environments). 3-year project, started in 2006, under contract FP6-IST-034002, involving 7 universities and 2 industrial partners.
    Project collaborator; PhD thesis project
  • FFG project iTV4All (User friendly design of remote controls for interactive TV). 2-years project (2006-2007), involving the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg and an Austrian SME.
    Project collaborator; internship

Relevant International Cooperation Partners:

  • Intelligent Systems Lab, University of Amsterdam and Human Media Interaction Group, University of Twente: Prof. Vanessa Evers
  • Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Technische Universität München: Prof. Martin Buss, Dr. Kolja Kühnlenz, Dr. Dirk Wollherr, Dr. Angelika Peer
  • CNRS/AIST Joint French-Japanese Robotics Laboratory, France: Prof. Abderramahne Kheddar, Dr. Oliver Stasse
  • Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, EPFL Lausanne: Prof. Aude Billard, Dr. Sylvain Callinon

Teaching:

  • Teaching at the Vienna University of Technolgy: Optional course for all faculties
    • Basics in Human-Robot Interaction WS2013/14, SS 2014, WS2014/15, SS2015
  • Teaching at the University of Salzburg, Department of Computer Science, Courses in Human-Computer Interaction
    • PS Usability and User Experience Engineering: SS2012, SS2011, SS2009, WS2007/08
    • SE HCI Studio: SS2011, WS2008/09, SS2007
    • VP HCI Anwendungen (eng. HCI Applications): SS2012, SS2009,
    • VP User Interface Design: WS2010/11, WS2009/10
    • PS Grundlagen der HCI (eng. Basics in HCI): WS2007/08