Fellow Dr. Ilona Straub

Dr. Ilona Straub

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

  Fellow at CAIS from March to August 2020

ilona.straub@cais.nrw

On Identity Creation Towards a Teleoperated Social Robot

In near future teleoperated social robots will be placed in public settings and used as interaction tools. Considering the uncanny-valley-effect, study about the acceptance and handling of such an interaction tool in society, along with interdisciplinary cooperations between social scientists and engineers, is indispensable. Field studies show a tendency of the teleoperators as well as the interaction partners to ascribe an own identity to teleoperated robots, which is independent from the identity of the controlling person.

The teleoperators tend to alter their self-presentation and align their presentation of personality traits to the outer appearance of the robot, which raises questions about the link between the embodied interaction tool and the degrees of social presence (or telepresence) for the creation of unique „technological identities“. During the fellowship at CAIS a book project on the interdependence of social presence and embodied interaction tools for identity creation shall be finalized.

Main Research Topics
  • Social theory
  • Interaction studies
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Social cognition
  • Social presence
Curriculum Vitae
  • Member of the Research Unit “Sociological Theory” at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the work group „Kommunikationskultur“ at the „Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities“ (KWI) in Essen
  • Lecturer at the Department for Social Sciences at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Research fellow at „ATR – Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories“ (IRC) in Kyoto/ Japan (granted by JSPS/DAAD)
  • Research fellow at „NTT – Human and Information Science Laboratories“ as member of the „Sensory and Motor Research Group“ in Kanagawa/ Japan (granted by JSPS/DAAD)
  • M.A. studies of Communication Science and Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen
Publications and presentations
  • Straub, Ilona (in press). Vom Objekt zum Subjekt. Zuschreibungen von Sozialität und Entität an einen androiden Roboter. Dissertation. In press. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Lindemann, G.; Matsuzaki, H.; Straub, I. (2016). Going beyond the laboratory – reconsidering the ELS implications of autonomous robots. Special Issue Publication: AI & Society. Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (Editor-in-chief: K. Gill) DOI: 10.1007/s00146-015-0623-6
  • Straub, Ilona (2016). It looks like a human! The Interrelation of Social Presence, Interaction and Agency Ascription – A case study about the effects of an android robot on social agency ascription. In Lindemann, G.; Matsuzaki, H.; Straub, I. (Guest Eds.): Going beyond the laboratory: Reconsidering the ELS implications of autonomous robots. Special Issue Publication: AI & Society. Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (Editor-in-chief: K. Gill). DOI: 10.1007/s00146-015-0632-5
  • Straub, I.; Nishio, S.; Ishiguro, H. (2012). From an Object to a Subject – Transitions of an Android  Robot into a Social Being. In Proceedings 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), Paris, France, (pp. 821-829).