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M.A. Marcel Kramer

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Name: M.A. Kramer Marcel
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- Marcel Kramer finished his M.A. degree at Bielefeld University in September 2011. His thesis deals with indicators concerning argumentation theory.

- In November 2011 Marcel joined the Applied Informatics Group at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.


- In 2013 Marcel joined the Research Group Interactional Linguistics and Human-Robot-Interaction (Head: Dr. Karola Pitsch).


Since November 2011 Marcel works in a research project based on a cooperation between the v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel and CITEC called "Virtual Assistants and their daily Acceptance" (VASA) and since July 2013 Marcel additionally works as a research assistant in the project VERSTANDEN (funded by BMBF).



VASA - Virtual Assistants and their Social Acceptability (Principal Investigators: Karola Pitsch & Stefan Kopp)

The project aims at investigating the possibilities of cognitive interaction technologies for assisting people with special needs in managing routine activities in their everyday lives. In particular, the project develops a virtual agent and explores its social acceptability as an intuitive communication interface that provides personalized video communication and supports the scheduling of daily activities. - In close collaboration with the technical project part, the empirical project part aims at investigating how the social practices of participants and the ecology of the setting change when a new technological tool - such as a virtual assistant - is introduced into their homes/workplace. Thus, we not only evaluate the functionality and usability of the new technology, but also how the participants integrate it into their daily routines and how these might be shaped and changed by it. A special focus lies on the question how such technologies can be designed to be ‘socially acceptable’ both at first contact and during long-term interaction. Research starts with ethnographic field work ‘on site’ to explore current interactional processes in order to derive empirically based suggestions for designing the system’s interface and communicational skills, which will subsequently be tested and evaluated in field trials.

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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