Our research unit was established on July 1st, 2023 with the appointment of Jens Gerken as Professor and Head of the research unit. Before, our group was based at the Westfälische Hochschule at the department of Informatics and Communication and had a broader focus on Human-Computer Interaction. Accordingly, our background is mostly in Computer Science but with a focus on understanding and exploring user needs and tailoring technology to address these.
This focus on human needs has led to a desire of designing and creating technology that matters. This naturally led to a shift on inclusion and participation within the context of Human-Robot Interaction in our research projects, which are now at the core of our activities both in teaching and research here at the TU Dortmund University.