• Maike Paetzel
  • Doctoral Student
  • Department of Information Technology,
    Division of Visual Information and Interaction
  • +4618-471 3474
  • maike.paetzel@it.uu.se

Research Interests

Human-Robot Interaction, Uncanny Valley Effect, Social Robotics, Child-Robot Interaction, Dialogue Systems, Incremental Processing, Humanoid Robots.

Self summary

I'm a PhD student in the Social Robotics Lab and mainly focused on studying the uncanny valley effect. Within the area, I'm looking into the effect of interaction strategies on uncanny feelings and how they can be used to overcome or trigger the uncanny. I'm working both with adults and children of various ages to better understand their different expectations and approaches to robots.

My background is in both humanoid robotics and conversational interaction. I worked with the University of Southern California on building the incremental dialogue system Eve that can engage in a rapid image matching game. Apart from Human-Robot Interaction, my heart belongs to the RoboCup Community. Since 2011 I'm involved in the RoboCup Humanoid League, I'm one of the founders and still part of the team Hamburg Bit-Bots and since 2015, I'm actively engaged in the enhancement of the league.

Teaching in spring 2018 2017-11-27
In period 3, I will be a teaching assistant in "Systemdesign med ett användarperspektiv" and in period 4 I will be involved in "Intelligent Interactive Systems" for the third time.
Visit at the Institute for Creative Technologies 2017-11-25
In December, I'll be visiting the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Looking forward to seeing all my friends and former co-workers again!
RO-MAN 2017 2017-06-01
Our paper "Investigating the Influence of Embodiment on Facial Mimicry in HRI Using Computer Vision-Based Measures" in collaboration with the Institut des Systemes Intelligents et de Robotique at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie was accepted to RO-MAN 2017!
Internship at Disney Research 2017-03-15
From August till the end of November, I'll be working with the LBCI group at Disney Research Pittsburgh!
HRI 2017 2017-03-01
I'll be presenting our late breaking report on our mimicry study and my pioneer workshop paper during HRI 2017!
Internship at Furhat Robotics 2017-02-01
I'll be working with Furhat Robotics for the whole February and from then on once a week until August this year.