|I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group at University of Twente. Until June 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).
My research interests are the social aspects of human-robot interaction, evaluation methods, and users' expectations toward robots. Currently my focus is on 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 obtained a master's equivalent degree in media science and communication studies from Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany) in 2006 and 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.