February 23rd, 2023: As part of the opening ceremony of the new Green Corner at the library in Sonderborg, Kerstin Fischer leads a co-design workshop on the green future of the Alsion.
November 22nd: Kerstin Fischer presents the invited talk “What kind of sociality are social robots aiming for?” at the workshop on Embodied AI and Social Robots in Aalborg.
November 15th - 16th: Kerstin Fischer presents the Depiction Model at the SFactor meeting in Copenhagen
November 7th 2021: Kerstin Fischer presents the Dahrin network at the ‘Industry Day’ in Sonderborg
November 7th 2021: During the Behavior Change Challenge award ceremony on U109 at Alsion, Ali Asadi and Beatrice Bernasconi are awarded the first prize for their work on "Inducing behavior change via visual interventions."
October 31st: Kerstin Fischer and the whole team present the HRI Lab to Sebastian Mernild from the SDU Climate Cluster
October 24th: Kerstin Fischer presents‚ Doing Linguistics Using Robots‘ in the framework of the Ringvorlesung: Computer, Mensch, Sprache – interdisziplinäre Perspektiven an der Schnittstelle Sprachforschung/Informatik at the University of Oldenburg https://uol.de/fk3/veranstaltungen/ringvorlesung-wise-2022/23
October 11th: Kerstin Fischer presented ‘How robots can facilitate human creativity,‘ an invited presentation at the Einst4ine doctoral consortium meeting in Odense, Denmark
October 7th: Kerstin Fischer gives a talk on Persuasive Technologies at the First mover meeting, organized by Jane Petersen.
September 30th: Kerstin Fischer serves as evaluator at the defense Mike Ligthard
September 26th: With Klarissa Lueg and Simon Jebsen, Kerstin Fischer organizes a workshop on ”Between greenwashing and sustainable business models: Framing climate change action” at the 100% Climate Neutrality Conference in Sonderborg. Kerstin presents a talk on behavior change theory and positive framing. Ali Asadi presents his study of persuasive communication to reduce runtime of screens in the classrooms at the Alsion, Matous presents his work on persuasive robots.
August 31st: Matous starts an internship with Honda Research Institute Japan.
August 16th-18th: Robophilosophy Conference, Finland: Kerstin Fischer & Johanna Seibt present their joint talk From Recipient Design and Sociomorphing to Experienced Sociality
August 8th-15th: Our international partners from the Traffic Network, Wendy Ju and David Sirkin, as well as Shelley Tzedek visit us in Kolding for a week.
June 27th-July 1st: Kerstin Fischer teaches design thinking, behavior change and sustainable construction at the Sustainability Academy
June 21st 2022: Kerstin Fischer serves as invited evaluator for the Personalized Robots Doctoral Network, Barcelona
June 2nd, 2022 Kerstin Fischer presents an invited lecture on ‘Using Robots to Study Speaking Style’ at the Open Media and Information Lab in Israel with a focus on the effects of speaking style on creativity.
May 4th, 2022: In her guest lecture ‘Using Robots to Study Speaking Styles’ at the University of Bonn, Germany (Seminar ‘Research Trends’), Kerstin Fischer presented several experiments that show that speaking style influences how persuasive the speaker is, how creative the listeners are, and how well they perform a learning task.
Kerstin Fischer and Matous Jelinek present the ‘tiny habit’ method at a codesign workshop they organized in collaboration with the library, and they give a talk on persuasive robots.
March 28th – April 7th 2022: Kerstin Fischer, Kristian Mortensen and Johannes Wagner visit our partners at Cornell Tech in New York and at Stanford University
March 24th, 2022: Matous gives a talk about persuasive robots and presents the lab and the DAHRIN network at the R-22 conference in Odense.
March 2nd - 4th 2022 the HRI Lab team supports Oliver Niebuhr in the organization of the ESSV conference. Kerstin gives a talk on The Voice of Creativity: Effects of Pitch Range in the Voice of a Robot Facilitator (with Oliver Niebuhr and Ali Asadi), and on The Effects of the Online Visualization of Acoustic-Prosodic Features of Speech on Speakers' Productions (with Oliver Niebuhr) and introduce the conference participants to the HRI Lab Sonderborg.
December 6th – 9th, 2021: the HRI Lab team supports Oliver Niebuhr in the organization of the TAI conference. Kerstin Fischer presents Towards a Prosodic Visualization Tool for Language Learners (with Oliver Niebuhr, Maria Alm, Ali Asadi, Åsa Abelin and Egil Albertsen)
Kerstin Fischer & Rosalyn Langedijk present the talk Toasting as an Interactional Frame for Embodied Human-Robot Interaction at the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Conference.
Kerstin Fischer presents joint work with Yoshiko Matsumoto (Stanford) on crosscultural differences in quotidian framing.
Kerstin organizes the Behavior Change Challenge 2021. Rosalyn Langedijk is on the committee. Master student Selina Eisenberger wins the competition. Listen to the podcast here.
Kerstin Fischer presents the talk How feasible is ‘doing being oblivious’ on a robot? at the Movin Meeting in the framework of the traffic network.
Kerstin Fischer presents a talk on Robots for Studying Linguistics at the Linguistics Colloquium in Gothenburg.
Matouš Jelínek and Kerstin Fischer present a joint paper The Role of Emotional Expression in Behavior Change Coaching by a Social Robot at the Persuasive Technology 2021 Conference hosted virtually by Bournemouth University, UK. See the presentation here
At Forskningens Døgn (research festival), Sonderborg, Kerstin Fischer and Maria Alm present the talk Taking your Speech melody with you: Intonation in the first and second language.
Kerstin Fischer presents a guest lecture in Bale, Switzerland, on What Makes Robots Persuasive.
Kerstin Fischer presents a guest lecture at Women in Voice, NL.
Matouš Jelínek and Kerstin Fischer present a joint paper The Role of a Social Robot in Behavior Change Coaching at the virtual 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
The paper by Kerstin Fischer, Lakshadeep Naik, Rosalyn Langedijk, Timo Baumann, Matous Jelinek and Oskar Palinko Initiating Human-Robot Interactions Using Incremental Speech Adaptation receives a nomination for the Best Late Breaking Report at the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. The team is present with three further project reports.
Kerstin Fischer interviews entrepreneur David Ireland on green transition through asymmetric innovation. Listen to the interview here.
Kerstin Fischer presents the work carried out at SDU-Sonderborg in the framework of the Smooth project presentation.
Kerstin Fischer interviews Entrepreneur David Ireland on founding a green energy company. Listen to the interview here.
Furthermore, she records an interview with Professor Stefan Schaltegger, the director of the Center for Sustainability Management at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Listen to the interview here.
Kerstin Fischer is interviewed by the German journal Zeit Wissen on hesitation markers.
Kerstin Fischer and Oliver Niebuhr record a podcast on persuasive technologies. Listen to the podcast here.
Kerstin Fischer serves as Alt.HRI co-chair for the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
Kerstin Fischer and Rosalyn M. Langedijk participate in the conference Influence, Manipulation and Seduction - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Persuasive Language with their talk about "Persuasive human-robot dialog in the wild". Watch the presentation here:
Kerstin Fischer presents joint work at the International Conference on Social Robotics (ISCR 2020) with the following talk “Gaze-Speech Coordination Influences the Persuasiveness of Human-Robot Dialog in the Wild”. See the poster here, and watch the presentation here:
Official announcement of the Behavior Change Challenge 2021. Read the announcement here.
Kerstin Fischer and Oliver Niebuhr publish a podcast on the "Behavior Change Challenge" in the framework of the Green Alsion Initiative. Listen to the podcast. Get more information about the Behavior Change Challenge. Read more about Green Alsion.
Our master student Karen Fucinato gives an online presentation “User Expectations and Preferences to How Social Robots Render Text Messages with Emojis” at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2020). Watch the presentation here.
Oskar Palinko, Lakshadeep Naik, Rosalyn M. Langedijk, Kerstin Fischer & Matous Jelinek carry out experiments with the Smooth robot at SDU Odense.
Kerstin Fischer and Rosalyn M. Langedijk give online presentations at the International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020). Rosalyn M. Langedijk presents the poster Studying Drink-Serving Service Robots in the Real World, and Kerstin Fischer presents joint work with Lars Christian Jensen and Rosalyn M. Langedijk in the presentation Understanding the Perception of Incremental Robot Response in Human-Robot Interaction. Watch the presentation here:
Kerstin Fischer, Rosalyn M. Langedijk & Selina Sara Eisenberger create a video in which they explain the incremental dialog as developed in the Smooth project (in Danish). Watch the video here (in Danish):
Kerstin Fischer is interviewed about chatbots by the Swiss online magazine Reformiert (in German).
In the framework of the annual Sonderborg research festival, Kerstin Fischer and Maria Alm contribute with talks about their research. The research festival was cancelled due to the Corona shut down, but the talks are presented in the following two videos (you can see all the contributions from SDU Sonderborg on the official SDU webpage Forskningskanonen).
Presentation 1: Kerstin Fischer presents the talk "Persuasive Human-Robot Dialog" (in English)
Presentation 2: Maria Alm and Kerstin Fischer give a joint talk on native speakers’ reactions to intonation transfer (in Danish)
Jaap Ham from Eindhoven University of Technology visits Kerstin Fischer & Rosalyn M. Langedijk at the HRI-lab and gives a talk about “Persuasive Robots: The influence of personalization on persuasiveness”.
Kerstin Fischer & Oliver Niebuhr present online a Late-Breaking Report “Studying Language Attitudes Using Robots” at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. See the poster here. Watch the presentation here:
Alicja Depka Prondzinska & Kerstin Fischer give an online presentation “Using Robots to Study the Perception of Feedback Cross-Culturally” at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Watch the presentation here:
Kerstin Fischer, Oliver Niebuhr, Rosalyn M. Langedijk and Selina Eisenberger present joint work in the talk I shall know you by your voice – Melodic and physical dominance in the design of robot voices at the SEFOS 1. International Seminar on the Foundations of Speech – Breathing, Pausing, and Voice at SDU Sonderborg.
Rosalyn Langedijk visits the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart to carry out experiments at an elderly care facility with the Care-O-bot4.
Kerstin Fischer is invited keynote speaker at the Conference by the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics with a talk on Doing Linguistics Using Robots.
Kerstin Fischer, Rosalyn Langedijk, Oskar Palinko & Eduardo Ruiz Ramírez carry out experiments with the Smooth robot at Alsion in Sonderborg, offering water to people attending events at the concert hall and during lunch.
Kerstin Fischer presents joint work with Herbert H. Clark (Stanford) on “Explaining Anthropomorphism” at the Insor Project meeting in Kaløvig, Denmark.
Kerstin Fischer, Oliver Niebuhr, Jaap Ham (TU Eindhoven) and Annette Leßmöllmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) co-organize a panel on "What Influences Influence: What makes utterances persuasive?" at the 16th International Conference of Pragmatics in Hong Kong. Rosalyn M. Langedijk presents "Personalization of social proof in a health-related context" in which she reports on experiments with a Smooth robot prototype in the Living Lab in Sønderborg. Kerstin Fischer reports on human-robot interaction experiments in which she and Lars C. Jensen tested the effects of referring to the shared context on the persuasiveness of utterances. Oliver Niebuhr presents results on the effects of charismatic speech.
Master student Louise Jakobsen carries out experiments in a local primary school with Lars C. Jensen on the interplay between robot design and behavior.
Kerstin Fischer and Kristian Mortensen with one of the Stanford Autonomous Cars on Stanford Campus.
Rosalyn M. Langedijk presents a talk at Forskningens Døgn "Robots in Elderly Care - How can we get the elderly to drink more". This was also part of Sønderborg Ungdoms Science Parlament.
Rosalyn Melissa Langedijk participates at Persuasive Technology Conference in Limassol, Cyprus.
Master students Janne Elise Pedersen, Emil Petersen and Mads Grønne Bärenholdt carry out experiments with Lars C. Jensen on situation awareness in HRI.
Master students Karen Lise Kragelund, Pernille Thestrup Johannesen and Jacqueline Steinhilber carry out experiments with Lars C. Jensen on using robots to teach English to first grade students.
Master student Johanna Behnke carries out an online study in which she carries out (under the supervision of Lars C. Jensen) a linguistic analysis of how people respond to chatbots in an interview scenario.
Kerstin Fischer visits the Honda Research Institute Japan in Tokyo.
Kerstin Fischer and ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), a humanoid robot created by Honda.
Kerstin Fischer delivers a keynote lecture in the Workshop on "Expressivity and Longterm Engagement" at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Daegu, Korea.
Kerstin Fischer at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2019 in Daegu, Korea
Kerstin Fischer, Malte Jung, Lars C. Jensen and Maria V. aus der Wieschen present "Emotional Expression by Robots: When and Why" at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Daegu, Korea (acceptance rate 24%).
Lars Christian Jensen delivers a speech at the 2019 HRI workshop on "Bodily Human Robot Interaction" in Daegu, Korea.
Master student Kristina Langwadt carries out an experiment (under the supervision of Lars C. Jensen), in which she investigates learning effects of using robots when teaching computational thinking to primary school students.
Kerstin Fischer investigates "Anthropomorphism in human-robot interaction" from February to April 2019 in Stanford, California. This study visit is supported by Carlsberg Foundation.
Rosalyn Melissa Langedijk visits Eindhoven University of Technology from January to February 2019. In Eindhoven, she conducts "Human-Robot Interaction Experiments on Persuasion" together with Jaap Ham (Associate Professor at the Human Technology Interaction group at the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences).
Lars Christian Jensen gives a talk on "Latex for conversation analysts" at the EMCA bootcamp.
Lars Christian Jensen, Rosalyn Langedijk and Kerstin Fischer carry out human-robot interaction experiments at the LivingLab in Sønderborg.
Kerstin Fischer receives a travel grant from the Carlsberg Foundation to visit Stanford University in Spring 2019 to develop an approach to anthropomorphism in collaboration with Herbert H. Clark.
Lars Christian Jensen defends his PhD thesis "Effects of Contingent Robot Response to the Situatedness of Human-Robot Interactions".
Kerstin Fischer participates as the theory and methods theme chair at the Program Committee Meeting of the Human-Robot Interaction Conference.
Kerstin Fischer presents a talk on "Will we ever be comfortable around robots" at the Multikulturhuset Sønderborg.
Kerstin Fischer, Nathalie Schümchen, Oliver Niebuhr, Lars Christian Jensen and Maria Alm present posters on "Using robots to study speech", "Teaching the articulation of German vowels" and "Danish question intonation" in the framework of the DIMA workshop in Sønderborg.
Kerstin Fischer participates in a workshop on Socially Intelligent Robotics at the University of Sevilla.
Kerstin Fischer presents "Mit Robotern sprechen" at the University of Kiel. A video of this presentation can be found at the homepage of the Ringvorlesung des Forschungszentrums: Arealität und Sozialität der Sprache.
Kerstin Fischer presents a talk on robots as marketing tools at the Workshop on Szenarien der Markenführung im digitalen Zeitalter at the University of Hamburg.
The panel proposal What Influences Influence: What makes utterances persuasive? was accepted for the 16th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association in Hong Kong 2019. The panel will be co-organized by Kerstin Fischer, Oliver Niebuhr, Jaap Ham (TU Eindhoven) and Annette Leßmöllmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
Kerstin Fischer, Lars C. Jensen and Rosalyn Langedijk carry out a first set of Experiments on persuasive dialog in a LivingLab scenario.
In the framework of Forskningsdøgn, Kerstin Fischer gives a talk on Getting into the Heads of People Using Robots to students of the Sonderborg Staatskole.
Maria aus der Wieschen presents A Social Media Approach to Increasing Intercultural Competence in the Border Region to students of the Business College Syd.
In cooperation with Jacob Nielsen, Kerstin Fischer supervises Bente Weigelin during Experiments on kinesthetic guidance in a therapeutic human-robot interaction scenario.
Aarhus Master student Anna Kryvous joins the lab to carry out experiments in cooperation with Lars C. Jensen and Kerstin Fischer, in which she investigates the effects of the use of figurative language on HRI.
Kerstin Fischer presents the paper When ‘transparent’ does not mean ‘explainable’ at the Workshop on Explainable Robotic Systems in the framework of the HRI’2018 Conference in Chicago and visits Stanford University afterwards for six weeks to collaborate with Herbert H. Clark, Yoshiko Matsumoto and others on Robots as social actors and The use of robots for pragmatics research.
In collaboration with Johanna Seibt (Aarhus) and Norbert Krüger (Odense), Kerstin Fischer organizes a workshop on Integrative Social Robotics Hands-on and presents a talk on Why Collaborative Robots Must Be Social (and even Emotional) Actors at the Robophilosophy Conference in Vienna.
Master student Nadine Petersen carries out experiments in cooperation with Lars C. Jensen and Kerstin Fischer to study The effects of situation awareness on robot persuasion.
PhD student Rosalyn Langedijk starts on her PhD position in the framework of the SMOOTH project.
Kerstin Fischer presents a talk on Using Robots to Study Interaction at the EMCA PhD Bootcamp in Middlefaart.
Lars C. Jensen holds a tutorial on Using LaTeX for transcription at the EMCA PhD Bootcamp in Middlefaart.
Kerstin Fischer, Lars C. Jensen, Oliver Niebuhr and the team carry out experiments on the persuasive effects of charismatic speech.
Kerstin visits Stanford to work with Herbert H. Clarck on How robots become social actors.
Kerstin presents a poster at Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) conference in Vienna, Austria.
Lars visited the Intelligent and Interactive Systems group at the University of Innsbruck to setup and carry out joint experiments in the third hand project.
Lars visited the Multibody & Mechanics group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel to setup and carry out joint experiments.
Kerstin Fischer and Lars Christian Jensen each gave a talk at Robophilosophy at Aarhus University.
Franziska Kirstein from Blue Ocean Robotics presents the HRI-Lab Sønderborg at Robobusiness Europe.
Kerstin Fischer is giving a talk at the UK Robotics week at Plymouth University
We now have two Pleos in the lab!
Demonstration video of the EZ-Robot with the iCub tutor spotter.
Kerstin Fischer gave a talk with Franziska Kirstein at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Christchurch, NZ on Types of robot control for programming by demonstration.
Ph.D. student Lars Christian Jensen was on Danish radio P4 and P1 to talk about the project Improving Second Language Pedagogy at the Prosody-Grammar-Pragmatics Interface Using Human-Robot Interaction.
Kerstin Fischer and Lars Christian Jensen each gave a video talk at a public IRCA(Innovation Research Cluster Alsion) event. Kerstin talks about the kind of work we do at the HRI-Lab. Lars talked about a study we carried out the lab using our two keepon robots.