Dr. M.M.A. (Maartje) de Graaf

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Dr. M.M.A. (Maartje) de Graaf

Assistant Professor
Human-Centered Computing

Tenured Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

I am a Social Roboticist with a background in Communication Science working on how people view robots, especially when those robots make mistakes. I'm interested in how these views affect human-robot interactions, and how we can teach robots to deal with these situations. My research is driven by a curiosity about why people act the way they do and what think about their behavior. My past work has shown that when people view robots as more humanlike, they are more likely to accept them and interact with them in the long run. Looking ahead, social abilities of robots and their integration in society can only increase. I am studying how people feel, behave, and think when they are around robots, and what this means for successful human-robot interactions. Ultimately, I want to use this knowledge to foster designing robots that people are comfortable with and are beneficial for society.

Before starting at Utrecht University, I was a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Department of Communication Science at University of Twente (2015-2016) and later with the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University (2017-2018). 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).

More information about my research can be found on my personal website.