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ICS, CNE, HCR Research Seminar for Doctoral Candidates on "Robots as socio-cognitive persuasive agents"

28.01.2019


ICS, CNE, HCR Research Seminar for Doctoral Candidates on "Robots as socio-cognitive persuasive agents" by Dr.-Ing. Barbara Kühnlenz, Chair for Cognitive Systems (ICS) 

Abstract: Current robotic developments are not anymore limited to solely social or tool-like functions, but more and more turning into social companions, capable of higher cognitive tasks. Since those robots are communicating with humans in a multimodal way, human-robot interaction (HRI) is necessarily accompanied by behavioral persuasion. This is not only a side-effect from interaction, but is also already used in proactive ways, e.g. applications in therapeutic toys for children with autism. Apart from therapeutic areas, robotic applications can benefit from proactive socio-cognitive persuasion with regard to acceptance, user experience and usability. In this talk, different strategies of targeted behavioral persuasion in task-related socio-cognitive HRI are presented. On the one hand, this effect is used to enrich social HRI by triggering prosocial behavior in human users towards a robot. On the other hand, also industrial robot applications of close HRI benefit from behavioral persuasion, e.g. in terms of reduced stress levels.

Bio: Dr.-Ing. Barbara Kühnlenz, M.A. is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS). Barbara holds a master’s degree (Magister Artium) in Psycholinguistics and Social Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), and received her PhD degree in November 2013 (summa cum laude) by the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology department at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She performed her PhD at the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR) as a member of the interdisciplinary cluster of excellence „Cognition for Technical Systems“ (CoTeSys) and Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) with a research focus on social Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Barbara joined ICS in November 2018. Previously, she was scientific coordinator of TechnologieAllianzOberfranken (TAO), a joint project between four Universities and Industry (2014 - 2017), and postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology department at the University for Applied Sciences in Coburg (since 2016).

The talk will be preceded by two pitch presentations from sophomore students of the Neuroengineering Master Program (MSNE). Janne Lappalainen – “A theoretical framework to derive simple, firing-rate-dependent mathematical models of synaptic plasticity“ Victorija Dimova – “Modeling the voltage distribution of implanted electrodes in the brain” _____ For more info please visit: web.ics.ei.tum.de/~ehrlich/ICS_seminar/index.htm