I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Bielefeld University and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology. In my research on Human-Robot Interaction, I take an interdisciplinary approach spanning Human-Computer Interaction, Social Psychology, Cognitive Science and Machine Learning.

My goal is to guide the design of robots that will be socially accepted and perceived as desirable rather than threatening. In order to achieve it, I collaborate with engineers, psychologists, interaction designers and philosophers. My work has been published in the flagship journals and conference proceedings in the field. My p-index [1] is 0.63, which indicates a high level of research independence of my work.

Scientific Interests

  • Modelling user behaviour combining physiological and nonverbal signals
  • Anthropomorphism in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Android science
  • Cultural differences in Human-Robot Interaction
  • (Lack of) Scientific ethics and its consequences for science

Research Experience

  • Present2017

    Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Fellow

    CITEC, University of Bielefeld & Queensland University of Technology

  • 20172016

    Independent Consultant

    Abu Dhabi University

  • 20162016

    Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Researcher

    CITEC, University of Bielefeld & University of Osaka

  • 20152015

    Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Researcher

    CITEC, University of Bielefeld & University of Osaka

  • 20152012

    Doctoral Thesis Research

    HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury

  • 20142013

    Cooperative Researcher

    HIL, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

  • 20122010

    Research Fellow

    ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg


  • Ph.D. 2015

    Ph.D. in Human Interface Technology

    University of Canterbury

  • M.Sc. 2010

    M.Sc. in Interactive Technology

    University of Tampere