TU Wien Informatics

20 Years

About

Do we really perceive and react differently to Embodied Artificial Intelligence than to `any other' technology? With a background in Sociology and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), I study how humans interact with new technology. My general research interests are user-centered design and evaluation studies for Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) with a focus on in-the-wild studies and controlled experiments. I am especially interested in the impact technology has on our everyday life and what makes people accept or reject technology. For more details check my personal website.

I hold a master's degree in sociology, a PhD in social sciences and Human-Computer Interaction, and a venia docendi in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Salzburg. During my studies I specialized on methodologies of empirical social research and applied statistics. In my PhD thesis, I developed an evaluation framework that supports user-centered assessment of HRI scenarios. In my habilitation I argue for more epistemological diversity in HRI research, going beyond the dominant positivist approaches stemming from experimental psychology and robotics.

I publish in conferences such as HRI, RO-MAN, and ICSR and journals such as International Journal of Social Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the Journal of HRI. I am regularly member of Program and Organizing Committees related to HRI research.

Roles

2023

2022

2021

2020

  • On the Intention to Use the Pepper Robot as Communication Channel in a Business Context / Schmidbauer, C., Umele, M., Zigart, T., Weiss, A., & Schlund, S. (2020). On the Intention to Use the Pepper Robot as Communication Channel in a Business Context. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction. HAI ’20: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, Online, Non-EU. ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3406499.3415062
  • Wenn Menschen und Roboter in Interaktion treten - Beispielhafte Problemstellungen und Anwendungsgebiete eines transdisziplin¨aren Forschungsfeldes / Weiss, A. (2020). Wenn Menschen und Roboter in Interaktion treten - Beispielhafte Problemstellungen und Anwendungsgebiete eines transdisziplin¨aren Forschungsfeldes. In Mensch und Maschine (pp. 31–56). Blätter für Technikgeschichte (BfTG). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/30698
  • Inconsequential Appearances / Weiss, A., & Pillinger, A. (2020). Inconsequential Appearances. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Online, Non-EU. https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3382793
  • Integrative Social Robotics Hands-on / Fischer, K., Seibt, J., Rodogno, R., Rasmussen, M., Weiss, A., Bodenhagen, L., Juel, W., & Krüger, N. (2020). Integrative Social Robotics Hands-on. Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, 21(1), 145–185. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.18058.fis
  • Envisioning social robotics: Current challenges and new interdisciplinary methodologies / Hannibal, G., & Weiss, A. (2020). Envisioning social robotics: Current challenges and new interdisciplinary methodologies. Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, 21(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.00004.int
  • Was Vector a Companion during Shutdown? / Tsiourti, C., Pillinger, A., & Weiss, A. (2020). Was Vector a Companion during Shutdown? In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction. 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI2020), Online, Non-EU. https://doi.org/10.1145/3406499.3418767
  • Taxonomy of Trust-Relevant Failures and Mitigation Strategies / Tolmeijer, S., Weiss, A., Hanheide, M., Lindner, F., Powers, T. M., Dixon, C., & Tielman, M. L. (2020). Taxonomy of Trust-Relevant Failures and Mitigation Strategies. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Cambridge, United Kingdom, EU. https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374793

2019

  • Exploring Trust in Human-Agent Collaboration / Schwaninger, I., Fitzpatrick, G., & Weiss, A. (2019). Exploring Trust in Human-Agent Collaboration. In Proceedings of 17th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. The 17th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Salzburg, Austria. European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET). https://doi.org/10.18420/ecscw2019_ep08
  • Ethics and trust: Principles, verification and validation (dagstuhl seminar 19171) / Fischer, M., List, C., Slavkovik, M., & Weiss, A. (2019). Ethics and trust: Principles, verification and validation (dagstuhl seminar 19171). Dagstuhl Reports, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.4230/DagRep.9.4.59
  • Qualities of Trust: Caputuring Aspects beyond System Reliability / Schwaninger, I., Weiss, A., & Frauenberger, C. (2019). Qualities of Trust: Caputuring Aspects beyond System Reliability. The 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication, New Delhi, Non-EU. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/86954
  • "You Are Doing so Great!" - The Effect of a Robot's Interaction Style on Self-Efficacy in HRI / Zafari, S., Schwaninger, I., Hirschmanner, M., Schmidbauer, C., Weiss, A., & Koeszegi, S. T. (2019). “You Are Doing so Great!” - The Effect of a Robot’s Interaction Style on Self-Efficacy in HRI. In Proceeding of Robot and Human Communication (p. 7). IEEE. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/76826

2016

2014

  • Hobbit, a care robot supporting independent living at home: First prototype and lessons learned / Fischinger, D., Einramhof, P., Papoutsakis, K., Wohlkinger, W., Mayer, P., Panek, P., Hofmann, S., Körtner, T., Weiss, A., Argyros, A., & Vincze, M. (2014). Hobbit, a care robot supporting independent living at home: First prototype and lessons learned. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, DOI: 10.1016/J.ROBOT.2014.09.029(DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2014.09.029). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/157973
  • Towards a Robot for Supporting Older People to Stay Longer Inde-pendent at Home / Vincze, M., Zagler, W., Lammer, L., Weiss, A., Huber, A., Fischinger, D., Koertner, T., Schmid, A., & Gisinger, C. (2014). Towards a Robot for Supporting Older People to Stay Longer Inde-pendent at Home. In ISR 2014. Joint 45th International Symposium on Robotics, München, EU. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/74287
  • Don't Bother Me: Users' Reactions to Different Robot Disturbing Behaviors / Weiss, A., Vincze, M., Panek, P., & Mayer, P. (2014). Don’t Bother Me: Users’ Reactions to Different Robot Disturbing Behaviors. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-Robot Interaction, IEEE Press. 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014), Bielefeld, EU. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/74027

2013

  • Hobbit - The Mutual Care Robot / Fischinger, D., Einramhof, P., Wohlkinger, W., Papoutsakis, K., Mayer, P., Panek, P., Koertner, T., Hoffmann, S., Argyros, A., Vincze, M., Gisinger, C., & Weiss, A. (2013). Hobbit - The Mutual Care Robot. In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013) (p. 6). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/73759

 

  • Junge Akademie
    2018 / Mitgliedschaft / Austria
  • SharedSpace
    2018 / Richter-Programm / Austria
  • Vision4HRC
    2013 / Firnberg-Programm / Austria
  • enlisted among the 25 women you need to know in robotics
    2013 / robohub.org / USA

Soon, this page will include additional information such as reference projects, activities as journal reviewer and editor, memberships in councils and committees, and other research activities.

Until then, please visit Astrid Weiss’ research profile in TISS .