Research Interests

  • Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
  • Philosophy of Technology and Science
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Ontology and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
  • Methodology and Methods
  • Ethics and Trust

As part of the TrustRobots Doctoral College I will be investigating trust in robotics in regard to aspects of robot anthropomorphism (in appearance and behavior) and machine transparency (understanding of machine capacities). With my background in philosophy I aim to shed new light on how the design of social robots bear on trust and trustworthiness in human-robot relations. Moreover, I will explore and address critically the ethical issues arising from the process of cultivating trust in human-robot relations through empathy, which are enabled by specific design strategies in social robotics. In order to carry out my PhD project I will combine philosophical methods of conceptual analysis and argumentation with practical research by conducting emperical studies on human-robot interaction (HRI).


  • 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. Seibt, Nørskov, M., Andersen, S. S., Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 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, Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, IOS Press , Amsterdam (pp. 343-347).


  • 2018– University Assistant (Predoctoral) in the TrustRobots DC, Research Division of Human-Computer Interaction, Institute of Visuel Computing and Human-Centered Technology, Vienna University of Technology (AT)
  • 2015–2017: University Assistant (Predoctoral), Department of Sociology, University of Vienna (AT)


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

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