I hold a M.Sc. in Information Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the University of Twente in 2017. In my research, I study how people react to, and interact with new technologies – such as social robots. With this research I hope that we can create technology which does what it is supposed (and capable) to do, in a socially acceptable way.
Over the past few years I have compared people’s responses to a robot versus a person invading their personal space, and people’s (stereotypical) expectations of a robot’s personality when executing different tasks. During my Ph.D. I was employed by the University of Twente and partially funded by the European Commission as part of the FP7 Spencer project. During my Ph.D. I conducted a number of lab- and field studies to investigate people’s preferences, perceptions, and behaviors towards gaze and positioning behaviors of a social robot. I successfully defended my thesis in July 2017 at the University of Twente. Besides academic papers the work of my colleagues and me has also been featured in various media.