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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?




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Research Abstrakte Illustration eines Industrieroboterarms, der ein kleines Objekt an eine Person übergibt

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



Current Projects

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

Me and the Machines Blick in den Ausstellungsbereich: Im Vordergrund ist ein orangener Industrieroboterarm in einer Glasvitrine zu sehen, im Hintergrund eine kleine Insel mit Moos und Zweigen.

Exhibition area at the Ars Electronica Center

News & Events

News 20.04.2023

The 2023 Austrian Citizen Science Conference

The ÖCSK was hosted at JKU on April 19 + 20, 2023 and we were present with our project "How to explain AI?".

News 13.04.2023

Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology

Kathrin Meyer is at the PCST in Rotterdam, to talk about "Communicating AI (and the public myths about it) in an interactive exhibition".

Frau am Rednerpult vor einer Projektionswand, darauf zu sehen eine Fotocollage einer Ausstellung
News 23.11.2022

How to explain AI?

The Robopsychology Lab is currently researching on this together with Citizen Scientists, artists and AI experts.

Gruppenfoto von 12 Personen
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?