On March 16th, during the Day of the Engineer, the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) awards the Academic Society Award to professor Vanessa Evers, Professor of Social Robotics at the University of Twente. Professor Evers wins this award because of the appealing way in which she manages to make the connection between science and society.
Professor Vanessa Evers will be rewarded by KIVI for her inspirational work in the area of understanding and improving the interaction between humans and robots and the accessible and appealing way in which she manages to make it understandable to children, students and the general public through radio, television and other media.
Interaction humans and robots
The expertise of prof. Evers includes the interaction between humans and autonomous devices such as robots, and cultural aspects of the interaction between humans and computers. She recently carried out her research on a global level at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Professor Evers is also director of the DesignLab for multidisciplinary research, editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics and Associate Editor of the Human Robot Interaction Journal. Professor Evers is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Open University. In 2014 she received the Opzij Talent Award.
Vanessa Evers makes scientific research on social robotics interesting to a wide audience, including children. She frequently appears in (inter)national media. For example, she was recently featured in broadcasts of VPRO Tegenlicht, she went with NCRV Altijd Wat to Japan and she was a participant at the annual National Science Quiz. Moreover, she also gave lectures at Zwarte Cross, the largest festival in the Netherlands
Professors who distinguish themselves by their ability to make the connection between science and society in an appealing way qualify for the Academic Society Award. The award is presented annually during the Day of the Engineer, which takes place every third Wednesday of the month of March.