I'm assistant professor at the Human Media Interaction group at University of Twente. My research interests are the social aspects of human-robot interaction, evaluation methods, and users' expectations toward robots. Currently my focus is on human robot collaboration on shared tasks and the interaction of robots with groups of people. My goal is to make the robots behave as appropriately as possible in a given situation. The basis for modeling such appropriate robot behavior is the in-depth analysis of the interaction from a social science point of view taking the user, the system, and the situation into account.
I perform this research based on a social science background. I gained a master's equivalent degree in media science and communication studies from Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany) in 2006. From 2006 to 2012, I was a member of the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) in the Hybrid Society Group at Bielefeld University. I was also affiliated with the research group for Applied Informatics at Bielefeld University and the CITEC (Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology). I received my PhD from Bielefeld University (Germany) in 2010. My PhD thesis is entitled "Investigating the influence of situations and expectations on user behavior – empirical analyses in human-robot interaction". Accompanying the thesis work, I obtained a degree in Intelligent Systems.