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The researchers and teachers at the IAAI are deeply motivated to improve their students' key abilities such as general creativity and professional as well as communicative skills. To achieve this goal educational content is tightly coupled with practical application.
Thus, the IAAI provides our students with state-of-the-art technology and spaces to conduct high-level research in the field of applied AI to account for future developments already today.

In March 2021 we started a new focus area with the inauguration of the new "Humanoid Lab."
The researchers of the lab are motivated to investigate new ways of multimodal human-machine interaction making use of modern machine learning approaches in combination with classical methods of Artificial Intelligence. Our unique target platform, the android robot "Andrea", arrived in our lab in October 2022 from Japan. Additionally, our students gain programming experience on emotional expression and social signal processing using the five android heads that feature a similar but less complex expressiveness as the full body android robot.

Impressions from Mercedes-Benz Museum


ChatGPT implemented on Android Andrea for a demonstration on November 1, 2023, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany

Multi-party interaction with Android Andrea at the Mercedes-Benz Museum on November 4, 2023

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Amelie Kassner and Christian Becker-Asano: Comparing an android head with its digital twin regarding the dynamic expression of emotions in 2023 11th international conference on affective computing and intelligent interaction workshops and demos (ACIIW), 2023 (paper-conference)
Marcel Heisler and Christian Becker-Asano: An android robot head as embodied conversational agent in Proc. Intl. Symposium on robotics (ISR europe), 2023 (paper-conference)
Marcel Heisler,Stefan Kopp and Christian Becker-Asano: Making an android robot head talk in Proc. Of 32nd IEEE int. Conf. On robot and human interactive communication (RO-MAN), 2023 (paper-conference)
Johanna Kuch,Frank Melchior and Christian Becker-Asano: Effects of gender neutralization on the anthropomorphism of voices in Proc. Of 32nd IEEE int. Conf. On robot and human interactive communication (RO-MAN), 2023 (paper-conference)
Sarah Kleine-Wechelmann,Kim Bastiaanse,Matthias Freundel and Christian Becker-Asano: Designing the mobile robot kevin for a life science laboratory in 2022 31st IEEE international conference on robot and human interactive communication (RO-MAN), 2022 (paper-conference)
Celso Melo,Dean Petters,Joel Parthemore,David Moffatt and Christian Becker-Asano: Introduction to the special issue on computational modelling of emotion in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 2021 (article-journal)
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Schweizer T.,Renner F.,Sun D.,Becker-Asano C. and Tuschen-Caffier B.: Cognitive processing and regulation modulates analogue trauma symptoms in a virtual reality paradigm in Cognitive Therapy and Research, 2019 (article-journal)
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Astrid M. Pütten,Nicole C. Krämer,Christian Becker-Asano,Kohei Ogawa,Shuichi Nishio and Hiroshi Ishiguro: At the café—exploration and analysis of people’s nonverbal behavior toward an android in Geminoid Studies: Science and Technologies for Humanlike Teleoperated Androids, Singapore 2018 (article-journal)
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T. X. N. Pham,Kotaro Hayashi,Christian Becker-Asano,S. Lacher and Ikuo Mizuuchi: Evaluating the usability and users’ acceptance of a kitchen assistant robot in household environment in 26th IEEE international symposium on robot and human interactive communication, RO-MAN 2017, lisbon, portugal, august 28 - sept. 1, 2017, 2017 (paper-conference)
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Marco Ragni and Christian Becker-Asano: The pleasure will be always on our side - interview with wolfram burgard, university of freiburg in Künstliche Intell., 2015 (article-journal)
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Astrid M. Rosenthal-von Pütten,Nicole C. Krämer,Christian Becker-Asano,Kohei Ogawa,Shuichi Nishio and Hiroshi Ishiguro: The uncanny in the wild. Analysis of unscripted human-android interaction in the field in Int. J. Soc. Robotics, 2014 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Kai Oliver Arras and Bernhard Nebel: Robotic tele-presence with DARYL in the wild in Proceedings of the second international conference on human-agent interaction, HAI ’14, tsukuba, japan, october 29-31, 2014, 2014 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Eduardo Meneses,Nicolas Riesterer,Julien Hué,Christian Dornhege and Bernhard Nebel: The hybrid agent MARCO: A multimodal autonomous robotic chess opponent in Proceedings of the second international conference on human-agent interaction, HAI ’14, tsukuba, japan, october 29-31, 2014, 2014 (paper-conference)
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Oliver Damm,Christian Becker-Asano,Manja Lohse,Frank Hegel and Britta Wrede: Applications for emotional robots in ACM/IEEE international conference on human-robot interaction, HRI’14, bielefeld, germany, march 3-6, 2014, 2014 (paper-conference)
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Nicolas Riesterer,Christian Becker-Asano,Julien Hué,Christian Dornhege and Bernhard Nebel: The hybrid agent MARCO in Proceedings of the 16th international conference on multimodal interaction, ICMI 2014, istanbul, turkey, november 12-16, 2014, 2014 (paper-conference)
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Nicole C. Krämer,Stefan Kopp,Christian Becker-Asano and Nicole Sommer: Smile and the world will smile with you - the effects of a virtual agent’s smile on users’ evaluation and behavior in Int. J. Hum. Comput. Stud., 2013 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Severin Gustorff,Kai Oliver Arras,Kohei Ogawa,Shuichi Nishio,Hiroshi Ishiguro and Bernhard Nebel: Robot embodiment, operator modality, and social interaction in tele-existence: A project outline in ACM/IEEE international conference on human-robot interaction, HRI 2013, tokyo, japan, march 3-6, 2013, 2013 (paper-conference)
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Kim Hartmann,Ronald Böck,Christian Becker-Asano,Jonathan Gratch,Björn W. Schuller and Klaus R. Scherer: ERM4HCI 2013: The 1st workshop on emotion representation and modelling in human-computer-interaction-systems in 2013 international conference on multimodal interaction, ICMI ’13, sydney, NSW, australia, december 9-13, 2013, 2013 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Philip Stahl,Marco Ragni,Matthieu Courgeon,Jean-Claude Martin and Bernhard Nebel: An affective virtual agent providing embodied feedback in the paired associate task: System design and evaluation in Intelligent virtual agents - 13th international conference, IVA 2013, edinburgh, UK, august 29-31, 2013. proceedings, 2013 (paper-conference)
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Kiril Kiryazov,Robert Lowe,Christian Becker-Asano and Marco Randazzo: The role of arousal in two-resource problem tasks for humanoid service robots in IEEE international symposium on robot and human interactive communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2013, gyeongju, south korea, august 26-29, 2013, 2013 (paper-conference)
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Stephanie Embgen,Matthias Luber,Christian Becker-Asano,Marco Ragni,Vanessa Evers and Kai Oliver Arras: Robot-specific social cues in emotional body language in The 21st IEEE international symposium on robot and human interactive communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2012, paris, france, september 9-13, 2012, 2012 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Takayuki Kanda,Carlos Toshinori Ishi and Hiroshi Ishiguro: Studying laughter in combination with two humanoid robots in AI Soc., 2011 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker-Asano: Affective computing combined with android science in Künstliche Intell., 2011 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Dali Sun,Birgit Kleim,Corinna N. Scheel,Brunna Tuschen-Caffier and Bernhard Nebel: Outline of an empirical study on the effects of emotions on strategic behavior in virtual emergencies in Affective computing and intelligent interaction - fourth international conference, ACII 2011, memphis, TN, USA, october 9-12, 2011, proceedings, part II, 2011 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano and Hiroshi Ishiguro: Evaluating facial displays of emotion for the android robot geminoid F in 2011 IEEE workshop on affective computational intelligence, WACI 2011, paris, france, april 14, 2011, 2011 (paper-conference)
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Astrid M. Pütten,Nicole C. Krämer,Christian Becker-Asano and Hiroshi Ishiguro: An android in the field in Proceedings of the 6th international conference on human robot interaction, HRI 2011, lausanne, switzerland, march 6-9, 2011, 2011 (paper-conference)
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Kiril Kiryazov,Robert Lowe,Christian Becker-Asano,Alberto Montebelli and Tom Ziemke: From the virtual to the robotic: Bringing emoting and appraising agents into reality in Proceedings of the 2nd european future technologies conference and exhibition, FET 2011, budapest, hungary, may 4-6, 2011, 2011 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano and Ipke Wachsmuth: Affective computing with primary and secondary emotions in a virtual human in Auton. Agents Multi Agent Syst., 2010 (article-journal)
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Martin D. Cooney,Christian Becker-Asano,Takayuki Kanda,Aris Alissandrakis and Hiroshi Ishiguro: Full-body gesture recognition using inertial sensors for playful interaction with small humanoid robot in 2010 IEEE/RSJ international conference on intelligent robots and systems, october 18-22, 2010, taipei, taiwan, 2010 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Toshiyuki Kanda,Carlos Toshinori Ishi and Hiroshi Ishiguro: How about laughter? Perceived naturalness of two laughing humanoid robots in Affective computing and intelligent interaction, third international conference and workshops, ACII 2009, amsterdam, the netherlands, september 10-12, 2009, proceedings, 2009 (paper-conference)
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Eva Hudlicka,Christian Becker-Asano,Sabine Payr,Kerstin Fischer,Rodrigo M. M. Ventura,Iolanda Leite and Christian Scheve: Social interaction with robots and agents: Where do we stand, where do we go? in Affective computing and intelligent interaction, third international conference and workshops, ACII 2009, amsterdam, the netherlands, september 10-12, 2009, proceedings, 2009 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker-Asano: WASABI: Affect simulation for agents with believable interactivity in , 2008 (thesis)
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Christian Becker-Asano,Stefan Kopp,Nadine Pfeiffer-Leßmann and Ipke Wachsmuth: Virtual humans growing up in Künstliche Intell., 2008 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker-Asano and Ipke Wachsmuth: Affect simulation with primary and secondary emotions in Intelligent virtual agents, 8th international conference, IVA 2008, tokyo, japan, september 1-3, 2008. proceedings, 2008 (paper-conference)
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Julia Tolksdorf,Christian Becker-Asano and Stefan Kopp: Do you know how I feel? Evaluating emotional display of primary and secondary emotions in Intelligent virtual agents, 8th international conference, IVA 2008, tokyo, japan, september 1-3, 2008. proceedings, 2008 (paper-conference)
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Helmut Prendinger,Christian Becker and Mitsuru Ishizuka: A study in users’ physiological response to an empathic interface agent in Int. J. Humanoid Robotics, 2006 (article-journal)
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Christian Becker,Helmut Prendinger,Mitsuru Ishizuka and Ipke Wachsmuth: Evaluating affective feedback of the 3D agent max in a competitive cards game in Affective computing and intelligent interaction, first international conference, ACII 2005, beijing, china, october 22-24, 2005, proceedings, 2005 (paper-conference)
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Christian Becker,Stefan Kopp and Ipke Wachsmuth: Simulating the emotion dynamics of a multimodal conversational agent in Affective dialogue systems, tutorial and research workshop, ADS 2004, kloster irsee, germany, june 14-16, 2004, proceedings, 2004 (paper-conference)
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