Selma Šabanović Robots for the Social Good
Selma Šabanović is an Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). She founded and directs the R-House Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Lab at IUB. Her research combines the critical social studies of computing, focusing particularly on the design, use and consequences of socially interactive robots in different social and cultural contexts, with research on human-robot interaction (HRI). She has studied various applications of social robots, including eldercare, mental health, education, and in-home use, and performed comparative studies of robot design and user perceptions of robots in the US and Japan. Her research has been funded from the National Science Foundation, the Honda Research Institute, and IEEE. She currently serves on the HRI Conference steering committee, and as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. She recently co-authored the book “Human-Robot Interaction: An Introduction”, published by Cambridge University Press.
Marc Hassenzahl Designing Subtle Devices: Forging and Maintaining the Social over the Distance
Dr. Marc Hassenzahl is professor for "Ubiquitous Design / Experience and Interaction" at the University of Siegen, Germany. He combines his training in psychology with a love for interaction design. With his group of designers and psychologists, he explores the theory and practice of designing pleasurable, meaningful and transforming interactive technologies. Marc is author of “Experience Design. Technology for all the right reasons” (MorganClaypool), co-author of “Psychologie in der nutzerzentrierten Produktgestaltung. Mensch-Technik-Interaktion-Erlebnis” (“People, Technology, Interaction, Experience”) (Springer, with Sarah Diefenbach) and many peer-reviewed papers at the seams of psychology, design research and interaction/industrial design.