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Welcome to the LIT Robopsychology Lab!

The LIT Robopsychology Lab combines methods and expertise of psychology with current issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and robotics.

When it comes to research in psychology, human experience, perception, and behaviour are core subjects. On this basis, robotic psychology focuses on how humans experience intelligent machines, how they behave towards these intelligent machines, and how the needs of different groups of people can be taken into account when it comes to technology development.

Established in 2018, the JKU Robopsychology Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology currently conducts research under the direction of Prof. Martina Mara and focuses on, among other things, the following topics:

  • Why do machines that seem too human come across as "uncanny" to us and in what context is this truly the case?
  • Just how do people and robots interact in the workplace and what does it take to create trust?
  • How does an intelligent machine's comprehensibility and predictability relate to its users' sense of control and safety?
  • What effect do synthetic voices, such as Alexa and Siri, bring about and how important is it to be able to distinguish between human speakers and machine speakers?




Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Open Innovation Center


+43 732 2468 9446 9511

Office Hours

Tues: 9:00 AM – 17:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thurs: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Current Research Topics of the LIT Robopsychology Lab

About Prof. Mara Martina Mara and the robot Manoi PF01

Prof. Martina Mara


Methodical Approaches at the LIT Robopsychology Lab

New master's degree Nahaufnahme Studierende im Hörsaal

Master's Degree in Psychology with specialization in Technology and Economy



Current Projects

CoBot Studio, ExoBility, How to Explain AI, DigitalWerk, ...

News & Events

News 19.09.2022

Wanted: Co-Researchers

We are looking for 10 people from the public to join us in exploring pressing issues regarding Artificial Intelligence: What do you think about Artificial Intelligence? What would you like to know more about?

News 06.09.2022

Me and the Machines.

The LIT Robopsychology Lab at the Ars Electronica Center! We're excited about the opportunity to feature our projects on-site at the AEC Linz.

Blick in einen Ausstellungsbereich, sichtbar sind ein orangener Industrieroboterarm und zwei mit Moos belegte Holzinseln, im Vordergrund ein Schild: "Hier entsteht eine neue Ausstellung!"te
News 05.09.2022

The 2022 Ars Electronica Festival

During this year's Ars Electronica Festival, the LIT Robopsychology Lab will be involved in activities at a number of different venues.

Sujet des Ars Electronica Festival 2022
News 19.04.2022

CoBot Studio: Clean-Up – Deep Space Edition

The LIT Robopsychology Lab's next study is hosted in a fascinating underwater scenario at the Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center Linz.