The LIT Robopsychology Lab combines methods and knowledge of psychology with current questions of artificial intelligence and robotics.
Human experience, perception and behaviour - these are central objects of psychological research. Based on this, robotic psychology deals with how humans experience intelligent machines, how they behave towards them and how the needs of different groups of people can be well taken into account in technology development.
The Robopsychology Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology at JKU, which has been in existence since 2018, is currently conducting research under the direction of Prof. Martina Mara into the following questions, among others:
- Why are all too human machines often uncanny for us - and in which context is this particularly the case?
- How does the interaction between humans and robots function at the workplace - and what does it take to create trust?
- How do the comprehensibility and predictability of intelligent machines relate to their users' sense of control and safety?
- What effect do synthetic voices like those of Alexa and Siri achieve - and how important is it to be able to distinguish between human and machine speaking partners?
Graduate Teaching Assistant at the LIT Robopsychology Lab
Martina Mara Nominated as “Austrian of the Year”
New paper on uncanny "machines with a mind"
appearing soon in Journal "Computers in Human Behavior"
At the Ars Electronica Festival
In her talk at the conference panel "Humanizing AI" Martina Mara stood up for the need of diversity in tech development.