Research Interests

  • Social Robotics and social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)
  • Foundations of Computer Science and AI
  • Philosophy of Technology and Science
  • Explainable AI and Argumentation
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
  • Methodology and Methods
  • Trust and Vulnerability

Preliminary title of PhD project: Tracing Vulnerability – Contributions from the Philosophy of Technology to studies on trust in social human-robot interaction (sHRI) and the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems

Research Projects

  • Trust Robots Doctoral College (TrustRobots DC), TU Wien
  • Shared Space: Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction (SharedSpace), PI: Dr. Astrid Weiss, FWF Elise Richter

Groups, networks, and memberships

  • Research focus on Explainable AI (XAI) at the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien
  • Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy (VFAP), University of Vienna
  • Transdiciplianry Studies on Social Robotics (TRANSOR), Aarhus University


  • Hannibal, G. & Lindner, F. (2018). Transdisciplinary Reflections on Social Robotics in Academia and Beyond, Envisioning Robots in Society–Power, Politics, and Public Space: Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018/TRANSOR 2018, (Eds.) M. Coeckelbergh, J. Loh, M. Funk, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 311, IOS Press, Amsterdam (pp. 23-27).
  • Weiss, A. & Hannibal, G. (2018). What makes people accept or reject companion robots? A research agenda, Proceedings og Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) 2018, ACM Digital Library, ISBN: 978-1-4503-6390-7.
  • Hannibal, G. (2016). Bringing the Notion of Everyday Life Back to the Center of Social Robotics and HRI, What Social Robots Can And Should Do – Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2016, (Eds.) J. Seibt, M. Nørskov, S. S. Andersen, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 209, IOS Press, Amsterdam (pp. 67-75).
  • Bertel, L. & Hannibal, G. (2015). The NAO robot as a Persuasive Educational and Entertainment Robot (PEER) - a case study on children’s articulation, categorization and interaction with a social robot for learning, Læring & Medier (LOM), Vol. 8, Nr. 14.
  • Hannibal, G. (2014). ‘Dynamic’ Categorization and Rationalized Ascription: A Study on NAO, Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations – Proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014, (Eds.) J. Seibt, R. Hakli, M. Nørskov, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 273, IOS Press , Amsterdam (pp. 343-347).


  • Since 2018: University Assistant (PreDoc) in the Human-Robot Interaction (HCI) group, Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, TU Wien (AT).
  • 2015–2017: University Assistant (PreDoc) in the research group of Culture and Knowledge, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna (AT).


  • 2015: Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (with a specialization in Epistemology, Metaphysics and Cognition), Aarhus University (DK).
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy (with a minor in Cognitive Semiotics), Aarhus University (DK).

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