Glenda Hannibal


Research Areas

  • Philosophy of Technology, Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Trust, Interdisciplinary Research, Ethics
Glenda Hannibal


I hold a BA and MA in Philosophy from Aarhus University with a specialization in epistemology, metaphysics and cognition. During my studies I was a student volunteer in the research group “Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Enquiries in Social Robotics” (PENSOR) and an intern at the Danish Technological Institute. From 2015 to 2017 I worked as an university assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. Currently I am working on my PhD project within the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) group and the Trust Robots Doctoral College.

Tentitative PhD title: Emphasizing Vulnerability: A theory-driven and interdisciplinary enquiry into trust in social human-robot interaction for the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems.

Project Description: Trust in HRI has been discussed using mainly its conceptualization either as mere reliance or as interpersonal. It is, however, tricky to meaningfully speak about trust in sHRI and the trustworthiness of agent-like robotic systems witout running into both a conceptual and empirical challenge. To address these two challenges in a constructive manner, I suggest in my PhD project to use a transcendental argument that lead to a focus on vulnerability as a precondition for trust in sHRI. Through emiprical work I will explore and map out the different vulnerabilities of both agent-like robotic systems and human beings that are brought together in a trust matrix, which can also be used to guide the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems in the future. By engaging in discussions about the nature of trust in sHRI, I aim in my PhD project to show that vulnerabilities is a fundamental but also often over-looked aspect of trust in sHRI.