Do we really perceive and react differently to Embodied Artificial Intelligence than to `any other' technology? With a background in Sociology and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), I study how humans interact with new technology. My general research interests are user-centered design and evaluation studies for Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) with a focus on in-the-wild studies and controlled experiments. I am especially interested in the impact technology has on our everyday life and what makes people accept or reject technology. For more detials check my personal website.

I hold a master's degree in sociology, a PhD in social sciences and Human-Computer Interaction, and a venia docendi in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Salzburg. During my studies I specialized on methodologies of empirical social research and applied statistics. In my PhD thesis, I developed an evaluation framework that supports user-centered assessment of HRI scenarios. In my habilitation I argue for more epistemological diversity in HRI research, going beyond the dominant positivist approaches stemming from experimental psychology and robotics.

I publish in conferences such as HRI, RO-MAN, and ICSR and journals such as International Journal of Social Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the Journal of HRI. I am regularly member of Program and Organizing Committees related to HRI research.

In my spare time I use my HCI knowledge to support the start-up of my husband baningo. They develop digital business cards.

Forschungsinteressen/Research Interests Human-Robot Interaction theories and methodologies, Human-Computer Interaction theories and methodologies, Social Interfaces, Methods of empirical social research and applied statistics

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