M.M.A. de Graaf, Maartje, MSc.

PhD Student

 

 

 

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Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

Building

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Cubicus, room C219

Telephone

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+31 (0)6 – 8322 5064

+31 (0)53 – 489 3299 (secretary)

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e-mail

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m.m.a.degraaf@utwente.nl

Introduction

While studying for my Bachelor’s degree, I have worked in various project-based environments. At energy company NUON she was the central link in publishing (digital) magazines. After a few years working as project leader and business consultant, I pursued a Master’s degree. I received my Master’s degree in Communication Science with a specialization in New Media Research & Design from the University of Twente in January 2011. I have written my thesis on the influence of personality characteristics on adolescents’ online self-presentation. Currently I am working as a doctoral student at the University of Twente.

Reseach topics

I am interested in the long-term domestic use of assistive and socially interactive technology and systems that range from mobile devices to screen agents and embodied robots. My research focuses on user acceptance, human-technology interactions, and relationship-building with these technologies. In the long end, the goal is to provide insight to designers to improve the sociability of these products from a user perspective and thereby increasing the acceptance of these products into the users’ daily lives.

Since March 2011, I am working as a doctoral student on the long-term acceptance and use of social robots in domestic environments. The main goal of my research project is to get insight into (1) which variables influence the acceptance or rejection of social robots in home environments, (2) how the relationships people may build with these robots affect the process of long-term acceptance, and (3) what ethical and social issues might arise when domestic use of robots become commonplace.

Research projects

My PhD started with a collaboration in the EU funded SERA (Social Engagement with Robots and Agents) project. Its aim was to advance science in the field of social acceptability of verbally interactive robots and agents, with a view to their applications especially in assistive technologies (companions, virtual butlers). To achieve this goal, the project has undertaken a field study in three iterations of each ten days to collect data of real-life interactions with robotic devices within people’s own homes. The three iterations tested different conditions (functionalities) of the equipment which consisted of a computer, sensors and a simple robotic device (the Nabaztag) as the front-end for conversational interaction. The scenario of the field study was based on health- and fitness-related applications. For more information about the SERA project see http://project-sera.eu/.

 

Fall 2012 I started with a longitudinal project studying the user acceptance of social robots in people’s own homes. This project is funded by the Centre of Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT; http://www.utwente.nl/ctit/). Its aim is to study the long-term user acceptance and bonding with social robots in domestic environments. For this research project, I introduced the robot Karotz (http://store.karotz.com/en_WW/) into approximately 70 homes for a period of one year.

PUBLICATIONS

2014

Graaf, M.M.A. de, Ben Allouch, S., & Dijk, J.A.G.M. van (2014). Long-term evaluation of a social robot in real homes. Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior workshop on New Frontier in Human-Robot Interaction, London, UK (2014, April 3-4).

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2014). Expectation setting and personality attribution in HRI (Late-Breaking-Report). Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany (2014, March 3-6).

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2014). Users’ Preferences of robots for domestic use (Late-Breaking-Report). Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany (2014, March 3-6).

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2014). Evaluation of a socially assistive robot in eldercare (Workshop paper). International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany (2014, March 3-6).

Graaf, M.M.A. de (2014). Towards a new model for long-term acceptance of domestic acceptance of domestic social robots (HRI Pioneers Workshop). Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany (2014, March 3-6).

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2014). People’s implicit and explicit associations with and attitudes towards robots. Het Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24-hours of Communication Science), Wageningen, The Netherlands (2014, February 3-4).

2013

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2013). Exploring influencing variables for the acceptance of social robots. Robotics & Autonomous Systems, 16, 1476-1486.

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2013). The relation between people’s attitudes and anxiety towards robots in human-robot interaction. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2013), Gyeongju, Korea (2013, August 26-29).

2012

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2012). User acceptance, long-term use and relationship-building with social robots. Het Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24-hours of Communication Science), Leuven, Belgium (2012, February 9-10).

Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Ben Allouch, S. (2012), Harvey’s last appearance: Long-term use and acceptance of social robots. International Communication Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, USA (2012,May 24-28).

2011

Ben Allouch, S., Klamer, T., & Graaf, M.M.A. de (2011). Return of Harvey: Acceptance and use of social robots (Work-in-Progress Paper). International Conference on Social Robotics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011, November 24-25).