Merel Jung is a PhD candidate in the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente. She is working on automatic detection, classification and interpretation of touch in social interaction between humans and artifacts. The final goal is to work towards a reliable understanding of social touch to make computers behave socially intelligent.
Her background is in psychology she received both her bachelor's degree (2010) and master's degree (2012, Cum laude) at the department of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. The focus of her master's thesis was on the automatic detection of deception through body motion by using Support Vector Machines (SVMs).