• 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.

SciFest 2019 2019-02-04
I will be showing our social robots at SciFest again this year! For more information, see: https://www.scifest.uu.se/
Teaching in Spring 2019 2019-01-07
I'm excited to be a teaching assistant in the following courses during Spring 2019: "Advanced Interaction Design", "System Design with a User Perspective" and "Intelligent Interactive Systems"
Teaching in Fall 2018 2018-10-01
This fall, I will be a teaching assistant in the course "Interface Design with a User Perspective"
HAI 2018 2018-09-15
I will be presenting our paper "Incremental Acquisition and Reuse of Multimodal Affective Behaviors in a Conversational Agent" at HAI 2018 in Southampton in December!
RO-MAN 2018 2018-06-11
Our paper "The Attribution of Emotional State - How Embodiment Features and Social Traits Affect the Perception of an Artificial Agent" and "Expressing Coherent Personality with Incremental Acquisition of Multimodal Behaviors" have been accepted to be presented at this year's RO-MAN conference in Nanjing, China!
Internship at the Institute for Creative Technologies 2018-05-01
From August to November I'll be working with Ramesh Manuvinakurike and Kallirroi Georgila on developing an artificial agent that can play an interactive map game.