I am an Assistant Professor at the department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
I am a social and behavioral scientist in the multidisciplinary field of human-robot interaction. My research is motivated by my intrinsic drive to understand human behavior and its underlying psychological and cognitive processes. My past research indicates a strong impact of people’s anthropomorphic evaluations of robots in the emergence of long-term acceptance. Envisioning a future in which the social abilities of robots can only increase, my research interest focuses on people’s social, emotional and cognitive responses to robots including the societal and ethical consequences of those responses. The end goal is to influence technology design and policy direction to pursue the development of socially acceptable robots that benefit society.
Before starting at Utrecht University, I was a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Department of Communication Science at University of Twente and later Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Communication Management (2005), a Master of Science in Media Communication (2011), and a PhD in Communication Science and Human-Robot Interaction (2015).
Academic CV – Updated November 2018