Nicole Mirnig has been working as PhD Research Fellow at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction since 2011 and is currently on maternity leave. Her current contact is nicole.mirnig@gmail.comShe holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Salzburg, Austria. Nicole finalized her PhD thesis titled „Essentials of Robot Feedback: On Developing a Taxonomy for Human-Robot Interaction“, with the upcoming defense date to be announced. Since 2017, Nicole led the Center’s HRI team. Recently, she was involved in the national flagship project MMAssist_II (Human-centered assistance systems in a production context), in which she co-led all activities around user requirements and user-centered design. Previously, she was engaged in the EU-projects IURO (Interactive Urban Robot) and ReMeDi (Remote Medical Diagnostician), focusing on improving human-robot interaction by the means of adequate feedback strategies. In addition, Nicole researched human-robot collaboration in industrial contexts within the Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces”. In 2013/14, she spent nine months as a visiting researcher at the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore, deepening her research in robot feedback. Nicole’s research focus lies in human-robot cooperation, taking into account different factors that foster a positive user experience. Her most recent work is dedicated to systematically researching erroneous robot behaviour, which was well-received by both, international media and the fellow research community  She aims at making robots understand they made a mistake and react accordingly. Another hot topic for Nicole is researching robot humor and how it can be exploited for an enjoyable user experience.

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Working Title of Dissertation

Essentials of Robot Feedback: On Developing a Taxonomy for Human-Robot Interaction

Summary and Expected Results

To enable a future in which humans and social robots successfully coexist and cooperate, humans must be able to understand the actions and intentions of these robots. Better “readable” robots can be achieved through a more sophisticated robot feedback setup. However, this is normally not at the center of attention in many studies but is often merely one variable next to the main research interest. Readability of robots has been one of Nicole’s main research interests so far, since it is still one of the major obstacles of successful HRI. A systematical analysis of existing studies and their design is an important step for a research basis upon which future work can be built. In order to provide such an analysis, a taxonomy of robot feedback is developed, which is itself subject to continuous modification and evolution to keep the basis relevant for future research needs. The major results of this thesis will be twofold: a) a taxonomy for robot feedback will be established and b) studies on robot feedback will be performed, the results of which will be used to refine the proposed taxonomy.

 


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2017

Mirnig, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Miksch, Markus; Stadler, Susanne; Giuliani, Manuel; Tscheligi, Manfred

To Err Is Robot: How Humans Assess and Act toward an Erroneous Social Robot Journal Article

Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 4 (21), pp. 1–15, 2017.

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Kain, Kevin Sebastian; Stadler, Susanne; Giuliani, Manuel; Mirnig, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Tscheligi, Manfred

Tablet-Based Augmented Reality in the Factory: Influence of Knowledge in Computer Programming on Robot Teaching Tasks Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 151–152, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISSN: 978-1-4503-4885-0.

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ě, Zden; Kapinus, Michal; ě, V{'i}t; Ě, Pavel Smr; Giuliani, Manuel; Mirnig, Nicole; Stadler, Susanne; Stollnberger, Gerald; Tscheligi, Manfred

Using persona, scenario, and use case to develop a human-robot augmented reality collaborative workspace Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 201–202, ACM, 2017.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Perterer, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Tscheligi, Manfred

Three Strategies for Autonomous Car-to-Pedestrian Communication: A Survival Guide Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 209–210, ACM, 2017.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Giuliani, Manuel; Tscheligi, Manfred

Elements of humor: How humans perceive verbal and non-verbal aspects of humorous robot behavior Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 211–212, ACM, 2017.

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Stadler, Susanne; Mirnig, Nicole; Giuliani, Manuel; Tscheligi, Manfred; Materna, Zdenek; Kapinus, Michal

Industrial Human-Robot Interaction: Creating Personas for Augmented Reality supported Robot Control and Teaching Inproceedings

Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 291–292, 2017.

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Trung, Pauline; Giuliani, Manuel; Miksch, Michael; Stollnberger, Gerald; Stadler, Susanne; Mirnig, Nicole; Tscheligi, Manfred

Head and Shoulders: Automatic Error Detection in Human-robot Interaction Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, pp. 181–188, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISSN: 978-1-4503-5543-8.

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2016

Mirnig, Nicole; Stadler, Susanne; Stollnberger, Gerald; Giuliani, Manuel; Tscheligi, Manfred

Robot Humor: How Self-Irony and Schadenfreude Influence People's Rating of Robot Likability Inproceedings

Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016), IEEE, New York, USA, 2016.

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Stadler, Susanne; Kain, Kevin; Giuliani, Manuel; Mirnig, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Tscheligi, Manfred

Augmented Reality for Industrial Robot Programmers: Workload Analysis for Task-based, Augmented Reality-supported Robot Control Inproceedings

Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN '16, 2016.

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Stollnberger, Gerald; Giuliani, Manuel; Mirnig, Nicole; Tscheligi, Manfred; Arent, Krzysztof; Bogdan, Kreczmer; Grzeszczak, Filip; Szczesniak-Stanczyk, Dorota; Radoslaw, Zarczuk; Wysokinski, Andrzej

Designing User Interfaces for Different User Groups: A Three-Way Teleconference System for Doctors, Patients and Assistants Using a Remote Medical Robot Inproceedings

Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016) (Nominated for Best Design Paper Award), IEEE, New York, USA, 2016.

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2015

Giuliani, Manuel; Mirnig, Nicole; Stollnberger, Gerald; Stadler, Susanne; Buchner, Roland; Tscheligi, Manfred

Systematic Analysis of Video Data from Different Human-Robot Interaction Studies: A Categorisation of Social Signals During Error Situations Journal Article

Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (931), 2015.

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Weiss, Astrid; Mirnig, Nicole; Bruckenberger, Ulrike; Strasser, Ewald; Tscheligi, Manfred; Wollherr, Dirk; Stanczyk, Bartlomiej

The Interactive Urban Robot: User-centered development and final field trial of a direction requesting robot Journal Article

Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 6 (1), 2015.

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Weiss, Astrid; Meschtscherjakov, Alexander; Buchner, Roland; Strasser, Ewald; Kluckner, PatriciaM; Osswald, Sebastian; Mirnig, Nicole; Wilfinger, David; Perterer, Nicole; Sundstroem, Petra; Laminger, Arno; Tscheligi, Manfred

Exploring Challenging Environments: Contextual Research in the Car and the Factory Through an HCI Lens Incollection

Wulf, Volker; Schmidt, Kjeld; Randall, David (Ed.): Designing Socially Embedded Technologies in the Real-World, pp. 271–304, Springer London, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4471-6719-8.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Giuliani, Manuel; Stollnberger, Gerald; Stadler, Susanne; Buchner, Roland; Tscheligi, Manfred

Impact of Robot Actions on Social Signals and Reaction Times in HRI Error Situations Inproceedings

Tapus, A (Ed.): Social Robotics, pp. 461–471, Springer International Publishing, 2015.

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2014

Mirnig, Nicole; Strasser, Ewald; Weiss, Astrid; Kühnlenz, Barbara; Wollherr, Dirk; Tscheligi, Manfred

Can You Read My Face? A Methodological Variation for Assessing Facial Expressions of Robotic Heads Journal Article

International Journal of Social Robotics, 6 (SI Artificial Empathy), pp. 14, 2014, ISSN: 1875-4791.

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Ratzer, Birgit; Weiss, Astrid; Weixelbaumer, Barbara; Mirnig, Nicole; Tscheligi, Manfred; Raneburger, David; Popp, Roman; Falb, Jürgen

Bringing Gender into Technology: A Case Study in User-Interface-Design and the Perspective of Gender Experts Journal Article

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 6 (1), pp. 3–24, 2014.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Tscheligi, Manfred

Comprehension, Coherence and Consistency: Essentials of Robot Feedback Incollection

Markowitz, J A (Ed.): Robots that Talk and Listen. Technology and Social Impact, pp. 149–171, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2014.

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Barattini, Paolo; Virk, Gurvinder S; Mirnig, Nicole; Giannaccini, Maria E; Tapus, Adriana; Bonsignorio, Fabio

Experimenting in HRI for Priming Real-World Setups, Innovations and Products Inproceedings

Sagerer, Michita Imai Gerhard (Ed.): Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2014, ISBN: 978-1450331029.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Tan, Yeow K; Chang, Tai W; Chua, Yuan W; Dung, Tran A; Li, Haizhou; Tscheligi, Manfred

Screen Feedback in Human-Robot Interaction: How to Enhance Robot Expressiveness Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 224–230, 2014.

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2013

Mirnig, Nicole; Weiss, Astrid; Skantze, Gabriel; Moubayed, Samer Al; Gustafson, Joakim; Beskow, Jonas; Granström, Björn; Tscheligi, Manfred

Face-to-Face With a Robot: What do we actually talk about? Journal Article

International Journal of Humanoid Robots, 10 (1), pp. 23, 2013, ISSN: 0219-8436.

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Bruckenberger, Ulrike; Weiss, Astrid; Mirnig, Nicole; Strasser, Ewald; Stadler, Susanne; Tscheligi, Manfred

The Good, The Bad, The Weird: Audience Evaluation of a ''Real'' Robot in Relation to Science Fiction and Mass Media Inproceedings

Herrmann, Guido; Pearson, (Ed.): Social Robotics, pp. 301–310, Springer International Publishing, 2013.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Tan, Yeow K; Han, Boon S; Li, Haizhou; Tscheligi, Manfred

Screen Feedback: How to Overcome the Expressive Limitations of a Social Robot Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 348–349, IEEE, Red Hook, NY, USA, 2013, ISSN: 1944-9445.

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Mirnig, Nicole

Development of a Taxonomy to Improve Human-robot-interaction Through Multimodal Robot Feedback Inproceedings

CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1945–1948, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2013, ISSN: 978-1-4503-1952-2.

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Raneburger, David; Popp, Roman; Falb, Jürgen; Weixelbaumer, Barbara; Mirnig, Nicole; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred; Ratzer, Birgit

A Case Study in Automated GUI Generation for Multiple Devices Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 11th IEEE AFRICON Conference, 2013.

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Stadler, Susanne; Weiss, Astrid; Mirnig, Nicole; Tscheligi, Manfred

Anthropomorphism in the Factory -- A Paradigm Change? Inproceedings

HRI '13: Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, 2013.

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2012

Gonsior, Barbara; Landsiedel, Christian; Mirnig, Nicole; Sosnowski, Stefan; Strasser, Ewald; Buss, Martin; Kühnlenz, Kolja; Tscheligi, Manfred; Weiss, Astrid; Wollherr, Dirk; Złotowski, Jakub

Impacts of Multimodal Feedback on Efficiency of Proactive Information Retrieval from Task-Related HRI Journal Article

Journal of Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics (JACIII), 16 (2), pp. 313–326, 2012, ISSN: 1343-0130.

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Osswald, Sebastian; Mirnig, Nicole

An der Schnittstelle zwischen Mensch und Maschine: Über die Natürlichkeit und Unnatürlichkeit von Interaktion Incollection

Klopf, J; Frass, M; Gabriel, M (Ed.): Mythos -- Mensch -- Maschine, pp. 279–293, Paracelsus-Verlag, Salzburg, Austria, 2012, ISBN: 978-3902-77605-1.

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Moubayed, Samer Al; Beskow, Jonas; Blomberg, Mats; Granström, Björn; Gustafson, Joakim; Mirnig, Nicole; Skantze, Gabriel

Talking with Furhat--multi-party interaction with a back-projected robot head Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Swedish Phonetiks Conference, pp. 109–112, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012, ISBN: 978-91-637-0985-2.

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Moubayed, Samer Al; Beskow, Jonas; Granström, Björn; Gustafson, Joakim; Mirnig, Nicole; Skantze, Gabriel; Tscheligi, Manfred

Furhat goes to Robotville: A large-scale multiparty human-robot interaction data collection in a public space Inproceedings

pp. 22–25, online, 2012.

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Buchner, Roland; Mirnig, Nicole; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

Evaluating in Real Life Robotic Environment -- Bringing together Research and Practice Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 602–607, IEEE, Red Hook, NY, USA, 2012, ISSN: 1944-9445.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Gonsior, Barbara; Sosnowski, Stefan; Landsiedel, Christian; Wollherr, Dirk; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

Feedback Guidelines for Multimodal Human-Robot Interaction: How Should a Robot Give Feedback When Asking for Directions? Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 533–538, IEEE, Red Hook, NY, USA, 2012, ISSN: 1944-9445.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Strasser, Ewald; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

Studies in Public Places as a Means to Positively Influence People's Attitude towards Robots Inproceedings

Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Social Robotics, pp. 209–218, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-642-34102-1.

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Osswald, Sebastian; Meschtscherjakov, Alexander; Mirnig, Nicole; Kraessig, Karl-Armin; Wilfinger, David; Murer, Martin; Tscheligi, Manfred

Back of the Steering Wheel Interaction: The Car Braille Keyer Inproceedings

Paternó, Fabio; de Ruyter, Boris; Markopoulos, Panos; Santoro, Carmen; van Loenen, Evert; Luyten, Kris (Ed.): Ambient Intelligence: Third International Joint Conference, AmI 2012, Pisa, Italy, November 13-15, 2012. Proceedings, pp. 49–64, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012, ISSN: 978-3-642-34898-3.

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2011

Mirnig, Nicole; Gonsior, Barbara; Wollherr, Dirk; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

Feedback in Human-Robot Interaction: How to Display a Robot's Internal System Status Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Social Robotics, pp. adjunct proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 2011, ISSN: 0302-9743.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Riegler, Stefan; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

A case study on the effect of feedback on itinerary requests in human-robot interaction Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 343–349, IEEE, Red Hook, NY, USA, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4577-1571-6.

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Mirnig, Nicole; Weiss, Astrid; Tscheligi, Manfred

A Communication Structure for Human-Robot Itinerary Requests Inproceedings

Proceeding of the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 205–206, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2011.

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Weiss, Astrid; Mirnig, Nicole; Buchner, Roland; Förster, Florian; Tscheligi, Manfred

Transferring Human-Human Interaction Studies to HRI Scenarios in Public Space Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 230–247, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011, ISSN: 0302-9743.

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