Research Interests

  • Social Robotics & Social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)
  • Philosophy of Technology & Science
  • Philosophy of Minds & Language
  • Metaphysics & Epistemology
  • Methodology & Methods
  • Trust & Vulnerability

Tentitative PhD title: Emphasizing Vulnerability: A theory-driven and interdisciplinary enquiry into trust in social human-robot interaction for the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems.

Trust in HRI has been discussed using mainly its conceptualization either as mere reliance or as interpersonal. It is, however, tricky to meaningfully speak about trust in sHRI and the trustworthiness of agent-like robotic systems witout running into both a conceptual and empirical challenge. To address these two challenges in a constructive manner, I suggest in my PhD project to use a transcendental argument that lead to a focus on vulnerability as a precondition for trust in sHRI. Through emiprical work I will explore and map out the different vulnerabilities of both agent-like robotic systems and human beings that are brought together in a trust matrix, which can also be used to guide the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems in the future. By engaging in discussions about the nature of trust in sHRI, I aim in my PhD project to show that vulnerabilities is a fundamental but also often over-looked aspect of trust in sHRI.


  • Dobrosovestnova, A. & Hannibal, G. (2020). Teachers' Disappointment: Theoretical Perspective on the Inclusion of Ambivalent Emotions in Human-Robot Interactions in Education, Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'20), pp. 471–480, Cambdirge, UK: ACM.
  • Hannibal, G. & Weiss, A. (Eds.) (2020). Introduction - Envisioning Social Robotics: Current Challenges and New Interdisciplinary Methodologies, [Special Issue] Interaction Studies - Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, 21(1), pp. 1-6.
  • Hannibal, G. & Lindner, F. (2018). Transdisciplinary Reflections on Social Robotics in Academia and beyound, 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, pp. 23-27. Vienna, Autria: IOS Press.
  • Weiss, A. & Hannibal, G. (2018). What makes people accept or reject companion robots? A research agenda, Workshop “Social Robots: the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions” [Best Paper Award], Proceedings of the 11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), pp. 397-404. Corfu, Greece: ACM Press.
  • 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, pp. 67-75. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.
  • 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), 8(14), pp. 1-22.
  • 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, pp. 343-347. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.


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


  • Expert, Human Behaviour and Machine Intelligence (HUMAINT) project, Joint Research Center (JRC) for Advanced Studies, EU Commission, Dec. 2019–Dec. 2020.
  • University Assistant (PreDoc), Human-Robot Interaction (HCI) group and Trust Robots Doctoral College, Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, TU Wien, since Sept. 2018.
  • University Assistant (PreDoc) in the research area of Culture and Knowledge, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, June 2015–Dec. 2017.


  • Shared Space: Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction (SharedSpace), PI: Dr. Astrid Weiss, FWF Elise Richter.


  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Membership, since 2020
  • Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy (VFAP), University of Vienna, since 2017.
  • Transdiciplianry Studies on Social Robotics (TRANSOR), Aarhus University, since 2014.

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