Glenda Hannibal

Role: PhD student

DC Topic: Robot Anthropomorphism, Trust, and Machine Transparency 

Research Interests:

  • Social Robotics and social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI)
  • Foundations of Computer Science and AI
  • Philosophy of Technology and Science 
  • Explainable AI and Argumentation
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
  • Methodology and Methods
  • Trust and Vulnerability

Short Bio
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 a predoctoral university assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna.

Currently working as an predoctoral university assistant in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group, I am focusing my PhD project on how an emphasis on vulnerability can help inform studies on trust in social human-robot interaction (sHRI) and the development of trustworthy agent-like robotic systems.


  • Hannibal, G. & Weiss, A. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Envisioning Social Robotics: Current Challenges and New Interdisciplinary Methodologies, [Special Issue] Interaction Studies – Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Hannibal, G. & Lindner, F. (2018). Transdisciplinary Reflections on Social Robotics in Academia and beyound, Envisioning Robots in Society–Power, Politics, and Public Space – Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018/TRANSOR 2018, (Eds.) M. Coeckelbergh, J. Loh, M. Funk, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 311, pp. 23-27. Vienna, Autria: IOS Press.
  • Weiss, A. & Hannibal, G. (2018). What makes people accept or reject companion robots? A research agenda, Workshop “Social Robots: the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions” [Best Paper Award], Proceedings of the 11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), pp. 397-404. Corfu, Greece: ACM Press.
  • Hannibal, G. (2016). Bringing the Notion of Everyday Life Back to the Center of Social Robotics and HRI, What Social Robots Can And Should Do – Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2016, (Eds.) J. Seibt, M. Nørskov, S. S. Andersen, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 209, pp. 67-75. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.
  • Bertel, L. & Hannibal, G. (2015). The NAO robot as a Persuasive Educational and Entertainment Robot (PEER) – a case study on children’s articulation, categorization and interaction with a social robot for learning, Læring & Medier (LOM), 8(14), pp. 1-22.
  • Hannibal, G. (2014). ‘Dynamic’ Categorization and Rationalized Ascription: A Study on NAO, Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations – Proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014, (Eds.) J. Seibt, R. Hakli, M. Nørskov, Publication Series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 273, pp. 343-347. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.

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