My Research on HCI | Human-Computer Interaction

What am I exploring?

With a background in Sociology and Human-Computer Interaction, I study how humans interact with new technology. For my research on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) I have been awarded a Hertha Firnberg and an Elise Richter grant from the FWF  Science Fund, a postdoc programme aimed at promoting the university career of young female research scientists. Since 2013, I am a senior researcher at the TU Wien. Currently, I am a member of the  Human Computer Interaction Group led by Prof. Gerladine Fizpatrick  (Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology). In 2013, I also had the honour of being selected as one of the „25 women you need to know in robotics“ by the robohub contributor group. In 2017, I was a selected speaker for Tedx TUWien. In 2018, I was elected as member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Prior to my work at the Human Computer Interaction Group, I was working in the Vision4Robotics group (ACIN – Automation and Control Institute) under the mentoring of Prof. Markus Vincze. Until 2012, I was a senior researcher and interdisciplinary team leader for a research group on „Adaptive Systems“ at the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg (led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi). From September 2011 until January 2012 I was on a short-term sabbatical to work with Prof. Vanessa Evers at the University of Twente, NL. In 2010, I completed my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at University of Salzburg and I hold a Master degree in Sociology from University of Salzburg from 2005.

As a social scientists working together with engineers, computer scientists, interaction designers etc. my goal is to develop technology that is sustainably used by real people.

Scientific disciplines relevant to my research

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Human-Computer Interaction
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Science and Technology Studies
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Sociology (Empirical social research)
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Robotics

Main HCI research themes

Industry 4.0 & Cobots

Industry 4.0 & Cobots

Within industrial work settings, studying how work is distributed between people and technology, how it is practically achieved, and how systems...

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User Involvement

User Involvement

As a social scientist working together with engineers and computer scientists I am often asked: Why does this humanist stuff matter? The answer...

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Social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)

Social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)

Right now is an important time in the research fields of Human-Robot Interaction and Social Robotics (sHRI): Technological readiness levels...

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