I am a PhD student in the Non-Lexical Vocalizations Group at Linköping University in Sweden. My supervisors are Prof. Leelo Keevallik and Prof. Mathias Broth.

My research explores how robot sound can support coordination of human and robot bodies. I work at the intersection of conversation analysis and human-computer/human-robot interaction and study robots in situated real-world interaction with humans.

About me

Hannah is a PhD candidate in language and culture at Linköping University in Sweden. Her thesis on the role of sound in human-robot coordination is part of the Non-Lexical Vocalizations Project, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Hannah has a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science from University of Osnabrück and a Master of Science cum laude in Interaction Technology from University of Twente. She won the graduation award of the University of Twente faculty for electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science for her master thesis on the impact of robots on teamwork in the surgical operating room. During her studies she worked as a student research assistant for Prof. Karola Pitsch at University Duisburg-Essen for several years. She was a visiting researcher in Dr. Malte Jung‘s Robots in Groups Lab at Cornell University before starting her PhD.


I take an ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EMCA) perspective on human-robot interaction. Most of my work involves field studies, capturing situated interaction in everyday real-world settings. I am interested in sound as a resource for human-robot coordination, the intertwinement of the body with verbal communication resources, and combining EMCA with interaction design. My current projects involve Cozmo robots in family homes and autonomous buses in regular traffic. I have previously published on the DaVinci surgical system and on the Nao robot. My work contributes to the design of robots that respect human interaction practices and thereby are more intuitive to interact with.