Astrid Weiss

Role:  Supervisor

DC Topic: Trusting Robots need Joint Attention, The Interrelation of Safety Assessment and Trust in Uncertain and Dynamic Human-Robot Cooperation, Robot Anthropomorphism, Trust, and Machine Transparency

Research Interests:

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Digital Sociology

Short Bio
Astrid is a senior researcher at TU Wien (Austria). She holds a master’s degree in sociology and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Salzburg. Her current research focuses on Long-term Human-Robot Interaction with service robots. Her general research interests are user-centered design and evaluation studies for Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction with a focus on in-the-wild studies and controlled experiments. She is especially interested in the impact technology has on our everyday life and what makes people accept or reject technology. Before her position in Vienna she was a postdoc researcher at the HCI&Usability Unit, of the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria and at the Christian Doppler Laboratory on “Contextual Interfaces” at University of Salzburg. From September 2011 until January 2012 she was on a short-term sabbatical at the University of Amsterdam, Intelligent Systems Lab and the University of Twente, HMI group to work with Vanessa Evers on Cross-Cultural studies in Human-Robot Interaction. She has published in conferences such as HRI, RO-MAN, and ICSR and journals such as International Journal of Social Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the Journal of HRI. She is a regularly member of Program and Organizing Committees related to HRI research.


  • Weiss, A.; Huber, A.; Minichberger, J.; Ikeda, M. (2016) First Application of Robot Teaching in an Existing Industry 4.0-Environment. Does it Really Work?. Societies: Special Issue on Robots and the Work Environment, Bd. 6 (3).
  • Lorenz, T.; Weiss, A.; Hirche, S. (2016) Synchrony and Reciprocity: Key Mechanisms for Social Companion Robots in Therapy and Care. International Journal of Social Robotics, Bd. 8, S. 125-143.
  • Weiss, A.; Mirnig, N.; Bruckenberger, U.; Strasser, E.; Tscheligi, M. et al. [..] (2015) The Interactive Urban Robot: User-centered development and final field trial of a direction requesting robot. Paladyn. Journal of Behavorial Robotics, Bd. 6 (1), S. 42-56.
  • Weiss, A.; Igelsböck, J.; Wurhofer, D.; Tscheligi, M. (2011) Looking forward to a “Robotic Society”? – Imaginations of Future Human-Robot Relationships. Special issue on the Human Robot Personal Relationship Conference. International Journal of Social Robotics, Bd. 3 (2), S. 111-123.
  • Weiss, A.; Igelsböck, J.; Tscheligi, M.; Bauer, A.; Kühnlenz, K. et al. [..] (2010) Robots asking for directions – the willingness of passers-by to support robots., HRI ’10: Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, S. 23-30.

Contact Info
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