Academic CV | Astrid Weiss

Synopsis

Astrid Weiss studied sociology and earned her doctorate in social sciences at the University of Salzburg. Already during her studies she specialized in methods of empirical social research and applied statistics. After her doctorate she was a postdoc at the HCI & Usability Unit, at the ICT & S Center and at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for „Contextual Interfaces“ at the University of Salzburg. She also had research stays at the University of Amsterdam (Intelligent Systems Lab) and the University of Twente (Human Media Interaction Group). Currently, Astrid Weiss is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Visual Computing & Human Centered Technology at the Vienna University of Technology. Her project „Shared Space: Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction“, funded by the FWF’s Elise Richter Program, investigates long-lasting connections between humans and companion robots. Weiss is one of Austria’s key figures in the interdisciplinary research field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), as evidenced by numerous articles, lectures, and conference organisations. She is particularly interested in the effects of technology on everyday life and what motivates people to reject or accept technology. Before joining the Faculty of Computer Science, Weiss worked as a FWF-Hertha-Firnberg scientist at the Vision4Robotics Group (Institute of Automation and Control, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Vienna University of Technology), researching the effects of faulty robot behaviour on human-robot collaboration. Astrid Weiss is regarded as one of the pioneers in the combination of empirical social research and robotics, both in co-designing the research field and in industry-related research.

Education

2005-2010: Dr. phil; Doctoral thesis: “Validation of an Evaluation Framework for Human-Robot Interaction”. Human-Computer Interaction group, ICT&S Center; University of Salzburg, Austria. Supervisors: Prof. Martin Weichbold (Sociology) and Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (Computer Science). Oral exam: March 17th, 2010.

2000-2005: Mag. Phil; MA in Sociology, specialization in methods of empirical social research and applied statistics, University of Salzburg, Austria. Master thesis: “Innovationen im Österreichischen Alpentourismus” (eng: Innovations in the Austrian Alp Tourism). Supervisor: Prof. Reinhard Bachleitner (Sociology). Oral exam: March 4th, 2005. Grad

Grants and Prizes

  • Elected member of the Young Academy of the ÖAW (2018)
  • FWF Elise-Richter-Scholarship (2017)
  • Selected speaker for Tedx TUWien (2017)
  • FWF Hertha-Firnberg-Scholarship (2015)
  • selected as one of the “25 women you need to know in robotics” (2013)

Positions

May 2018- Jul. 2018: Parental Leave

since Oct. 2017: Senior researcher (Elise Richter awardee), Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Human Computer Interaction Group, led by Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

May 2013-Jul.2016: Postdoctoral researcher (Hertha Firnberg awardee), ACIN Institute of Automation and Control, Vision4Robotics group, led by Prof. Markus Vincze, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

Sep. 2011-Jan. 2012: Visiting research fellow, Intelligent Systems Lab, led by Prof. Frans Groen, the University of Amsterdam and Human Media Interaction Group, led by Prof. Vanessa Evers, University of Twente, the Netherlands (5 months).

Apr. 2010-Feb.2013: Postdoctoral researcher, ICT&S-Center, Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria.

2007-2010: Research and teaching assistant, ICT&S-Center, Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Sep. 2010: Visiting research fellow, Institute of Media and Communication Science, Media Design & Media Psychology team, led by Prof. Nicola Döring, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, (3 days).

Oct. 2009: Visiting research fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), CNRS-AIST Joint Japanese-French Robotics Laboratory (JRL), led by Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar, Tsukuba, Japan (2 weeks).

Sep. 2008: Short Term Scientific Mission (cost-action294: MAUSE), Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), IHCS group, led by Prof. Philippe Palanque, University of Toulouse, France (1 month).

2006-2007: Project collaborator for “ITV4all” project, ICT&S-Center Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Oct. 2005 – Jun. 2006: Internship, ICT&S-Center Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg, Austria (3 months).

Oct. 2003 – Jun. 2004: Collaboration on the interdisciplinary study-project: “Leben 2014” (eng: Life 2014, development of future plans for the Austrian region Upper-Pinzgau with the sociological scenario technique), Institute of Sociology, led by Prof. Reinhard Bachleitner (6 months), University of Salzburg, Austria.

Memberships

  • ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
  • AISB – Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
  • Junge Akademie, Österreichische Akademie derWissenschaften, ÖAW

Affiliations to Research Projects

TU Wien Doctoral College TrustRobots (Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots). 3-years project, started in 2018, co-advisor of 3 PhD students

FWF project SharedSpace (Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction: What makes people accept or reject companion robots). 3-years project, starts in 2018, single person project (Elise Richter programme). Principal investigator 250.000€

FFG project AssistMe (Human-zentrierte Assistenzrobotik in der Produktion). 2-years project, started in 2015 involving ACIN, Vienna University of Technology, PROFACTOR GmbH, BMW Motoren Sreyr GmbH, GPN GmbH. Principal investigator and leader of the ACIN group in the project (1 workpackage); 840.000€

FWF project V4HRC (Vision-based Human-Robot Cooperation: Perspective Sharing). 3-years project, started in 2013, single person project (Hertha Firnberg programme). Principal investigator 220.000€

FFG project GENUINE (Gender Inclusive User Interface Design). 2-years project, started in 2011, involving the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, and Vienna University of Technology. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (2 workpackages); 400.000€

FFG project PEEM (Persuasive End-user Energy Management). 2.5-years project, started in 2010, involving the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, CURE, and Salzburg AG. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (2 workpackages); 150.000€

European Specific Targeted Research Project IURO (Interactive Urban Robot). 3-year project, started in 2010, under contract FP7-ICT- 248314, involving 4 universities and 1 industrial partner. Principal investigator and leader of the ICT&S group in the project (1 workpackage); 2 Mio€

Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces“. 5-year project, started in 2009, involving University of Salzburg and 2 industrial partners. Principal investigator and leader of the research module “Contextual Interfaces for the Factory” http://www.contextual-interfaces.org/

Academic Services

  • Sociology of the Digital Transformation: Re-thinking the Human Use of Technology, STS Conference, Graz 2016, 10.05.2019
  • Entstehung einer neuen wissenschaftlichen Disziplin – Mensch-Roboter-Interaktionsforschung, FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg, invited by Prof. Bettina Kubicek
  • Laundry and Garbage collection – a reasonable scenario for a care facility robot?, robotphilosphy 2018, Wien, Österreich, 16.02.2018, invited by Prof. Kerstin Fischer
  • Sociability vs Utility – Where are we heading in Social Robotics?,  3rd Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11.02.2018, invited by Prof. Friederike Eyssel
  • Will care robots care? TedX TUWien, 26.05.2017
  • Creating Service Robots for and with People: A User-centered Reflection on the Interdisciplinary Research Field of Human-Robot Interaction, STS Conference, Graz 2016, 10.05.2016, invited by Andreas Bischof
  • On the interrelations between gender, care and assistive technology, Workshop des Forschungsverbund ForGenderCare, München, Deutschland, invited by Dr. Susanne Schmidt
  • Enabling Independent Living at Home: Lessons learned from household trials with the HOBBIT robot, ICSR2015 Workshop on improving the quality of life in the elderly using robotic assistive technology: benefits, limitations, and challenges, conference, Paris, Frankreich, 30.10.2015, invited by Prof. Miguel Salchis
  • Exploring Human-Robot Interaction in Public Spaces: Lessons Learned, IROS2015 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings, Hamburg, Germany, 28.09.2015, invited by Dr. Chris Bevan
  • Exploring Joint Action to Inform Human-Robot Collaboration: How to build something together, Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, 03.07.2015, invited by Dr. Cordula Vesper
  • Users in Focus: Creating Service Robots for and with People, CHILI Lab EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 18.07.2014, invited by Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg
  • Users in Focus: Creating Service Robots for and with People, European Conference on Educational Robotics (ECER), Vienna, Austria, 08.04.2014, invited by Dr. Gottfried Koppensteiner
  • Mensch‐Roboter Interaktion im Öffentlichen Raum ‐ Die Herausforderungen von Feldstudien, Workshop: Muster der Interaktion mit neuen Technologien Möglichkeiten der theoretischen Generalisierung der Ergebnisse von Einzelforschungen, Univeristy of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 26.10.2012, invited by Prof. Martin Meister
  • Exploring Human-Robot Cooperation Possibilities for Semiconductor Manufacturing, Workshop on Worker-Robot Interaction in Manufacturing Industry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 25.10.2012, invited by Prof. Antonio Moniz
  • User-centered Evaluation of Human-Robot Interaction: The USUS Evaluation Framework, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 20.04.2012, invited by Prof. Markus Vincze
  • The USUS Evaluation Framework for User-centered HRI, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 12. 12. 2011, invited by Prof. Jaap Ham
  • The USUS Evaluation Framework for User-centered HRI, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands, 20.10.2011, invited by Prof. M. Birna van Riemsdijk
  • Looking foreward to a “Robotic Society”? Notions of future human-robot relationships, Phibot workshop, Munich, Germany, 09.09.2011, invited by Prof. Klaus Mainzer
  • Social Interaction with Machines: A Sociological Approach to the People-Technology Relationship, Phibot workshop, Munich, Germany, 07. 10. 2010, invited by Prof. Klaus Mainzer
  • How Social do Robots really Need to be? Panel at the 2nd the International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, Leicester, UK, 01. 04. 2010, invited by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn
  • Validation of an Evaluation Framework for HRI. Young HRI Pioneers Workshop, Osaka, Japan, 02.03.2010, selected presenter
  • Integrating Sociological Theory into the Field of Human-Computer Interaction, LAAS/ CNRS Toulouse, France, 11. 07. 2008, invited by Prof. Eiichi Yoshida
  • Workshop on Contextual Collaboration: Where Automation and People Meet held at COOP2016.Co-organizers: Nicole Perterer (University of Salzburg, Austria), Dr. Verena Fuchsberger (University of Salzburg, Austria), Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, Austria), Prof. Volker Wulf (University of Siegen, Germany), Prof. Klaus Bengler (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  • Workshop on The challenge (not) to go wild! Challenges and best practices to study HRI in natural interaction settings held at HRI2016.Co-organizers: Dr. Astrid Rosenthal von der Pütten (University of Duisburg-Essen, GER), Dr. Selma Sbanovic (Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics and Computing, USA)
  • Workshop on Assistive Robots for the Aging Population: Are we trapped in Stereotypes? held at HRI2014.
    Co-organizers: Dr. Jenay Beer (College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, USA), Dr. Takanori Shibata (AIST, JP), Prof. Markus Vincze (Vienna University of Technolgy, AUT)
  • Workshop on Taking Care of Each Other: Synchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robotsheld at ICSR2013.
    Co-organizers: Tamara Lorenz (Technical University Munich, GER), Dr. Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Prof. Vanessa Evers (University of Twente, NL), Prof. Markus Vincze (Vienna University of Technology, AUT)
  • Workshop on Exploring collaboration in challenging environments: From the car to the factory and beyondheld at CSCW2012. Co-organizers: Dr. Alexander Meschtscherjakov (University of Salzburg, AUT), Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, AUT), Dr. Bilge Mutlu (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Prof. Vanessa Evers (University of Twente, NL), Prof. Volker Wulf (University of Siegen, GER)
  • HRI Young Pioneers Workshop held at HRI2011.
    Co-organizers: Thomas Kollar, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Jason Monast (University of Denver, USA), Dr. Anja Austermann, (SOKENDAI, JP), David Lu (Washington University of Saint Louis, USA), Mitesh Patel (University of Technology Sydney, AUS), Elena Gribovskaya (EPFL, CH), Chandan Datta (University of Auckland, NZ), Richard Kelley (University of Nevada, USA), Dr. Hirotaka Osawa (Japan Science and Technology Agency, JP), Lanny Lin (Brigham Young University, USA)
  • Workshop on “The Ubiquitous Persuader” – Mechanisms, Applications and Ethical Dilemmas of Ambient Persuasion held at AmI 2009.
    Co-organizers: Dr. Wolfgang Reitberger (University of Salzburg, AUT), Dr. Jaap Ham (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL), Dr. Andreas Spahn (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL), Alexander Meschtscherjakov (University of Salzburg, AUT), Philip Nickel (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL), Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, AUT)
  • Workshop on Societal Impact: How Socially Accepted Robots Can be Integrated in our Society held at HRI2009.
    Co-organizers: Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, AUT), Prof. Aude Billard (EPFL, Lausanne, CH), Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Workshop on Robots as Social Actors: Evaluating Social Acceptance and Societal Impact of Robotic Agentsheld at RO-MAN2008. Co-organizers: Prof. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, AUT), Prof. Aude Billard (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

Editorial Activities:

  • Special Issue on Envisioning Social robotics: Current Challenges and new interdisciplinary methodologies, Interaction Studies (Co-Editor Glenda Hannibal), 2020
  • Special Issue on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction: Interdisciplinary Human-Centred Approaches, Interaction Studies (Co-Editor Dr. Maha Salem, Dr. Paul Baxter), 2015.
  • Associate Editor for Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, 2015 onwards.
  • Associate Chair for IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), 2011, 2015.
  • Associate Editor for IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
  • Special Issue on Social Acceptance and Societal Impact in Human-Robot Interaction, International Journal of Social Robotics (Co-Editor Prof. Manfred Tscheligi), 2010.

Main Reviewing Activities:

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS)
  • IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT)
  • ACM/SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • International Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • Interaction Studies
  • International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO)
  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • IEEE International Conference on Communication and Robots (RO-MAN)
  • Convention on Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

Organizing Committees:

  • Program Chair of the HRI 2017 Conference (together with Dr. James Young), Vienna, Austria, 2017.
  • Registration Chair of the HRI 2016 Conference (together with Dr. Manja Lohse), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2016.
  • Co-Chair of the 4th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction (together with Dr. Maha Salem, Dr. Paul Baxter, Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn), University of Canterbury, Kent, UK, 2015.
  • Fundraising Chair of the HRI 2015 Conference (together with Dr. Daisuke Sakamoto and Dr. Jennifer Burke), Portland, USA, 2015.
  • Workshop and Tutorials Chair (together with Dr. David Feil-Seifer) of the HRI 2013 Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2013.
  • Late-breaking Chair (together with Dr. Frank Broz) of the HRI 2012 Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2012.
  • Sponsor and Exhibition Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics, Amsterdam, NL, 2011.

Program Committees:

  • Program Committee of the HRI 2016 Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Program Committee of the HRI 2015 Conference, Portland, USA.
  • Program Committee of the International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction 2014, London, UK.
  • Program Committee of the ICSR 2012 Conference, Chengdu, China.
  • Program Committee of the International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction 2010, Leicester, UK.
  • Program Committee of the International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction 2009, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Program Committee of the EuroITV 2010 Conference, Tampere, Finland.
  • Program Committee of the EuroITV 2009 Conference, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Program Committee of the EuroITV 2008 Conference, Salzburg, Austria.

Local Arrangements and Student Volunteering:

  • AmI 2011: European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, 16th – 18th November 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • AmI 2009: European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, 18th – 21st November 2009, Salzburg, Austria.
  • EuroITV 2008: European Conference on Interactive Television, 3rd – 4th July 2008, Salzburg, Austria.
  • ACE 2007: Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment and Technology, 13th – 15th June 2007, Salzburg, Austria.