I am curious about how humans deal with robots in real world contexts. In my PhD I focus on robot beeps and how people interpret them as social actions. At the moment I mostly work with Cozmo, a cute toy robot inspired by Pixar’s Wall-E. Taking a conversation analysis perspective, I analyze how humans interpret Cozmo’s non-lexical beeps and embodied actions in the context of everyday interaction in their homes. I believe that insights into how humans do things in everyday interaction in the real world is crucial for the design of “human-friendly” robots.
I hold a BSc in Cognitive Science from University of Osnabrück and a MSc cum laude in Interaction Technology from University of Twente. Throughout my master studies, I worked as a student research assistant for Prof. Karola Pitsch at University of Duisburg-Essen. I spent half a year of my studies in the Robots in Groups Lab at Cornell University supervised by Dr. Malte Jung, studying how surgical robots affect teamwork in the operating room. Since November 2018, I am a PhD student at Linköping University.