I am a PhD student in the TrustRobots Doctoral College, supervised by Prof. Gerealdine Fitzpatrick and Dr. Astrid Weiss. I have a background in Social Sciences - International Development Studies (Mag.) with a focus on East Asia, Chinese Studies (BA), and Software Engineering (BSc). I did my studies both in Vienna and in China, where I have conducted ethnographic field research and qualitative interviews for my thesis in southwest China. I also participated in a Mandarin summer school in Taiwan at the Chengchi University in Taipei as part of my studies. Before joining the Doctoral College, I worked as a language teacher at a Chinese school in Vienna (2015-2017), and at the department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna (2017-2018), where I have conducted natural language processing in the context of social unrest.

In my PhD, I focus on HRI and HCI in healthcare contexts specifically around the ageing population. My research interests include the concepts of relatedness and trust, evaluation methods and participatory design, robots and technology (such as for active and assisted living and telemonitoring), and designing for long-term collaboration in real-world settings. I am further interested in the topic of ageing and digital transformation in East Asia.

Contact information

eMail: isabel.schwaninger@tuwien.ac.at

see also: https://informatics.tuwien.ac.at/people/isabel-schwaninger

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