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Selma Sabanovic


Bio: Dr. Sabanovic is an Associate Professor of Informatics. Her work combines the social studies of computing, focusing particularly on the design, use, and consequences of socially interactive and assistive robots in different social and cultural contexts, with research on human-robot interaction (HRI) and social robot design.

Dr. Sabanovic founded and directs the R-House Human-Robot Interaction Lab at IUB, where she and her students and colleagues explore the connections between HRI, social cognition, and the emerging social meanings and consequences of robotic technologies. Lab members use a variety of methods, including design, prototyping, and evaluation of interactive robots, field studies of robot use in everyday contexts, experimental studies of psychological and cognitive aspects of HRI, surveys and interviews with potential users of robots, and participatory design of robotic technologies. Ongoing projects include studies of assistive robot use in eldercare institutions, the development and evaluation of a human-centered robotics curriculum for STEM education, cross-cultural studies of robot design, the design of an affective robotic face, and participatory design of socially assistive robots for older adults, among others.

Dr. Sabanovic received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007. In Summer 2014, Dr. Sabanovic was a Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University's Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence (CITEC). Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and IUB. She was a lecturer in Stanford University's Program in Science, Technology and Society in 2008/2009. In 2005, she was a visiting scholar at the Intelligent Systems Institute in AIST, Tsukuba, Japan and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Revised: Mar. 26, 2015

Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University