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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Inclusive Human-Robot Interaction / Inklusive Mensch-Roboter-Interaktion (Fachgebiet)

Our research and teaching activities are motivated by a significant shift that we can see in the future interplay between humans and technology. While technology in the past was mostly regarded as a practical tool, recent developments in Artificial Intelligence as well as in Computing and Mechanics offer a path forward to technology becoming a partner in everyday life. As a partner, such technology will come in many different forms and physical embodiments (i.e. robots), ranging from smart devices with natural language interfaces to collaborative robotic arms which can physically manipulate their environment.  All these approaches share that they may very well help create a more inclusive society and empower people of various background to live a more self-determined life.

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News from our Research Unit


New Workshop Paper: Serious & Persuasive Games as Counter-Measures Against Deceptive Patterns

We are excited to announce the presentation of our latest workshop paper, "Start Playing Around - Serious & Persuasive Games as a Viable…

An screenshot from the game explored in the workshop paper: A dimly lit hallway with a tiled floor and two yellow lines running down the center. The hallway appears to stretch far into the distance, narrowing as it goes, and is illuminated by a series of overhead lights that create a pattern of light and shadow on the floor. At the far end of the hallway, a door is faintly visible.

Visit of EICS 2024 conference in Cagliari and Best Paper Award for AdaptiX

We attended the 16th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, presented our work on AdaptiX and received the "Best Paper…

Welcome Slide EICS

German Pre-CHI Event 2024 - Saarbrücken

On April 25 and 26, we took part in the German preCHI event, a meeting of the German HCI community, in Saarbrücken.

Beghrüßungsbild zur German Pre-CHI

New Reserach Article: Human-Robot Communication with GPT-Based Large Language Models

We are excited to announce the publication of our latest research paper, exploring a GPT-based in human-robot teaming.

An image portraying a user on the right, interacting with the three simulated robot agents, Neptune (in blue), Jupiter (in yellow) and Pluto (in red) in the virtual world on the left via a VR headset and controller.

ihri at Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Boulder, CA

At one of the leading conferences in our field, we showcased two late breaking works and participated in two workshops.

Image showing two of our posters at the HRI

Merry Christmas

All members of our research unit wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Group Picture from the research unit ihri at the Christmas market in Dortmund with: Prof. Dr. Jens Gerken, Max Pascher, Kirill Kronhardt, Younes Lakhnati, Astrid Slojewski, and Valerie Tan

Join our team!

We have an open PhD or PostDoc position available in the group, starting whenever you are ready.

A picture showing the founding members of Team ihri in front of a green wall: Prof. Dr. Jens Gerken, Astrid Slojewski, Kirill Kronhardt, and Max Pascher (from left to right)

ihri at Fall IDC 2023

From October 2-6, Max Pascher represented our research unit at this year's fall IDC, organized by the LMU Media Informatics Group.

Max Pascher at Fall IDC 2023 in Venice, Italy

ihri at Rehacare in Düsseldorf

We showcase our DoF Adaptiv project at Rehacare Hall 4, Booth G48 (munevo)

Max Pascher REHACARE 2023 in Düsseldorf conducting a user study for DoF-Adaptiv: Adaptive Freiheitsgradeinbettung als kooperatives Userinterface für einen Assistenzroboter

ihri at Mensch und Computer 2023 in Rapperswil

Robin Frölke, former Bachelor student at Westfälische Hochschule, presented work in collaboration with ihri at this years' Mensch und Computer 2023.

This image shows Robin Frölke standing on a large stage in front of the conference audience. In the background, we see a slide that showcases the work he presented, HoloBoard.

Welcome ihri at TU Dortmund

On July 1st, 2023, the new research unit of Inclusive Human-Robot Interaction (ihri) was established at TU Dortmund University.

A picture showing the founding members of Team ihri in front of a green wall: Prof. Dr. Jens Gerken, Astrid Slojewski, Kirill Kronhardt, and Max Pascher (from left to right)