I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, Providence, RI.
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.
I joined Brown’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative in 2017 with a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The research project aims to investigate the underlying psychological and cognitive processes of how people explain robot behaviors, and whether and how these processes differentiate from how people explain human behaviors.
Before starting at Brown University, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands. 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).
Curriculum Vitae – Updated October 2017