Research Interests

  • Social Robotics and social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)
  • Foundations of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Philosophy of Technology, Engineering and Science
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
  • Methodology and Methods
  • Trust and Transparancy

As part of the TrustRobots Doctoral College I will be investigating how my concept of trust in terms of sensemaking can shed new light onto trust in sHRI and ground the design of trustworthy robotic systems. In order to carry out my PhD project I will combine philosophical methods of conceptual analysis and argumentation with practical research.

Preliminary PhD title: Trust as Sensemaking


  • 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 (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: Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (Specialization in Epistemology, Metaphysics and Cognition), Aarhus University (DK).
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy (Minor in Cognitive Semiotics), Aarhus University (DK).

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