TU Wien Informatics


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.


Note: Due to the rollout of TU Wien’s new publication database, the list below may be slightly outdated. Once APIs for the new database have been released, everything will be up to date again.








  • Hobbit - The Mutual Care Robot / D. Fischinger, P. Einramhof, W. Wohlkinger, K. Papoutsakis, P. Mayer, P. Panek, T. Koertner, S. Hoffmann, A. Argyros, M. Vincze, C. Gisinger, A. Weiss / Talk: 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013), Tokyo; 2013-11-03 - 2013-11-08; in: "Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013)", (2013), 6 pages


  • SharedSpace
    2018 / Richter-Programm / Austria
  • Junge Akademie
    2017 / Mitgliedschaft / 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 .