Organizing Committee


Somaya Ben Allouch is an Associate Professor and head of the research group Technology, Health & Care at the Saxion University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. Her main research interests involve the long-term use and acceptance of social robotics, ubiquitous and assistive technologies and wearables. She has been working from 2002 to 2014 at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) where she obtained her PhD in 2008 focusing on the acceptance and use of ambient intelligent technologies. Dr. Ben Allouch has been a visiting researcher at the Ambient Intelligence Research Lab of Stanford University in 2011 and 2012. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. Furthermore she is involved in various (inter)national) third-party funded research projects and supervises different PhD projects.

Maartje de Graaf is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences, Brown University, USA. Her research is motivated by her intrinsic drive to understand human behavior and its underlying psychological and cognitive processes. Her past research indicates a strong impact of people’s anthropomorphic responses to socially interactive technologies in the emergence of long-term acceptance. Envisioning a future in which the social abilities of these systems can only increase, her research interest focuses on people’s social, emotional and cognitive responses to robot technologies as well as the societal and ethical consequences of those responses. The end goal is to influence technology design and policy direction to pursue the development of responsible robots. Maartje has a Bachelor in Communication Management (BBA) from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2005), a Master of Communication Science (MSc) from the University of Twente (2011), and obtained a PhD in Human-Robot Interaction from the University of Twente in 2015.

Selma Sabanovic is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Cognitive Science Program and Director of the R-House Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work combines the social studies of computing, focusing particularly on the design, use, and consequences of socially interactive and assistive robots in different social and cultural contexts, with research on human-robot interaction (HRI) and social robot design. A common aim of her research is to go beyond studies of one-on-one interactions between people and robots to understand the effect of group-level, institutional, and cultural factors on HRI. Selma has been a Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University (2014), a lecturer in Stanford University (2008-2009), and a visiting scholar at AIST, Tsukuba, Japan and at Carnegie Mellon University (2005). She is an active participant in the social robotics and human-robot interaction communities, serving currently the General Chair of HRI 2018, and in prior years as the Program Committee chair for HRI 2016 and on the program committees of HRI, RO-MAN, ARSO, and ICSR conferences. Selma received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007.

Friederike Eyssel is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research at Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld University, Germany. Dr. Eyssel is interested in various research topics ranging from social robotics, social agents, and ambient intelligence to attitude change, prejudice reduction and sexual objectification of women. Crossing disciplines, Dr. Eyssel has published vastly in the field of social psychology, human-robot interaction and social robotics and serves as a reviewer for > 20 journal. Current third-party funded research projects (DFG, BMBF, FP7) address user experience and smart home technologies, and ethical aspects associated with assistive technology.

Program Committee