Emma van Zoelen

I believe that in order for humans and artificially intelligent agents to live together symbiotically, they need to collaborate as team partners. We need to focus on the different strengths of humans and artificially intelligent agents, to ensure they empower and support each other. I think that this will help us to make optimal use of the qualities of AI, while maintaining respect and appreciation for those of us humans.

Using my background in Industrial Design as well as Artificial Intelligence, I look at AI and robotics from a human-centered and interaction-focused perspective. My PhD is about co-learning in human-AI collaborative contexts, in which I focus on the complex interactions that appear in such situations. Within my work I strive to design experiments that appreciate the creativity and diversity of interactions that people can engage in, supporting quantitative results with thorough qualitative evaluations.

Relevant Publications:

  • Emma M. van Zoelen, Karel van den Bosch, and Mark Neerincx. 2021. Human-Robot Co-Learning for Fluent Collaborations. In Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '21 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 574–576. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3434074.3446354
  • Emma M. van Zoelen, Karel van den Bosch, Matthias Rauterberg, Emilia Barakova, and Mark Neerincx. 2021. Identifying Interaction Patterns of Tangible Co-Adaptations in Human-Robot Team Behaviors. In Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 2961. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.645545
  • Emma M. van Zoelen, Karel van den Bosch, and Mark Neerincx. 2021. Becoming Team Members: Identifying Interaction Patterns of Mutual Adaptation for Human-Robot Co-Learning. In Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, 200. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.692811