I obtained a computer science Master degree from the department Human Media Interaction at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
My interests lie in the use of technology to enhance people’s lives. By combining social sciences and computer science, the goal of my PhD research is to develop social robots that can interact with people in an appropriate, effective, and efficient way over longer periods of time.
In the real world, robots will encounter many new situations to which they need to adapt and respond. We, humans, are rather successful at adapting in new situations, and have substantial knowledge on what is socially acceptable and what is not. Currently, we are exploring the use of collective intelligence – the intelligence that we, humans, collectively have – for social robots. If a robot fails, because it does not know what to do or how to act, can someone without (robotic) programming skills help the robot to resolve the failure? For example, by providing the robot with the correct next action.