Katharina Weitz M.Sc.

Research Associate
Chair for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Phone: +49 821 598 - 2348
Room: 2015 (N)
Visiting hours: by appointment
Address: Universitätsstraße 6a, 86159 Augsburg


I am interested in machine learning topics in the field of social Human-Computer Interaction. My areas of interest include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.


The influence of explainability and transparency of intelligent systems on people's trust is a central point of my research activities. I support a human-centric approach to artificial intelligence and therefore support Claire and the European Commission's Guidelines for Trustworthy AI.

In addition to my research activities, the communication of scientific knowledge to the general public is of great importance to me. In addition to lectures, science slams and workshops, I have already published several books in which I communicate basic knowledge about computer science and AI to young and old in a vivid and playful way.

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About Me


I finished my training as a state-approved educator and worked for several years as an educator in kindergarten, open all-day school and in the field of youth welfare work with young adults before I studied Psychology (B.Sc., M.Sc.) and Computing in the Humanities (Applied Computer Science) (M.Sc.) at the University of Bamberg. During my studies, I researched at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Fraunhofer Institute IIS.


I was a scholarship holder of the Upgrading Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. For my Master's thesis in psychology, I was awarded the PUSh Award (Prize of the University Women's Representative for Students with Outstanding Achievements) of the University of Bamberg.

University Augsburg

Since October 2018, I am working as a research associate and PhD candidate at the Chair of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence at the University of Augsburg.

In 2020 I was awarded as a Junior Fellow from the National Society for Informatics (GI- Gesellschaft für Informatik) for my work and knowledge transfer in the field of human-centered AI.

Since December 2020, I serve as the second deputy women's representative of the Faculty of Applied Computer Science, University of Augsburg.


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Voluntary Activities

As an educator, the teaching of didactic concepts from the research area of computer science is of great concern to me. Therefore, I am an associated member of the interdisciplinary research group for elementary and primary computer science (FELI) at the University of Bamberg.

Including data-literacy in educational processes is an essential building block for digital participation. I am a signatory and supporter of the Data-Literacy-Charta of the Stifterverband.

To increase female representation and participation in the AI community, since 2020 I am a member of the non-profit do-tank initiative  Women in AI and the non-profit network Women in AI & Robotics.

Since 2019, I am a member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) to actively contribute to the future development of computer science in Germany.    



Weitz, K. (2021). "Algorithmus ist keine Krankheit" - Informatikkonzepte anschaulich und lebensweltbezogen an Kinder und Jugendliche vermitteln. Online presentation with discussion for student teachers at the University of Augsburg. 09.07.2021, online.


Weitz, K. (2021). Pixel & Co. Informatik in der Grundschule. Webinar followed by a Q&A session at the Online Digital Symposium. 12.06.2021, online.


Weitz, K. (2021). Pixel & Co. Informatik in der Grundschule. Webinar of the Westermann publisher followed by a Q&A session. 20.05.2021, online.


Weitz, K. (2021). Was hast du gelernt? Wie Erklärbare KI uns hilft, Neuronale Netze besser zu verstehen. Keynote followed by a Q&A session at the M3- Minds Mastering Machines conference    , 27.04.2021, online.


Weitz, K. (2021). Erklärbare Künstliche Intelligenz - Ziele, Methoden und Herausforderungen auf dem Weg zur Menschzentrierten KI. Webinar followed by a Q&A session as part of the AI-Camp organized by the National Society for Informatics and the BMBF, 16.02.2021.


Weitz, K. (2021). Menschenzentrierte KI - Wie erklärbare KI unsere Vorstellungen und Erwartungen verändert. Online presentation with discussion at the National Society for Informatics Regional Group Würzburg, 20.01.2021.


Weitz, K. (2020). PRIVACY ON STAND BY? Talk and public discussion with the artists Yu Zhang and Matthew Mosher at the "DIGITAL SPRING Festival", 21.03.2020, Salzburg. --canceled due to the Corona Pandemic—



André, E., Weitz, K. (2019). Künstliche Intelligenz...und ich? Public discussion with the Minister of Science Bernd Sibler as part of the event „Siblers Denkräume“, 03.12.2019, Augsburg.


Weitz, K. (2019). Was „denkt“ Künstliche Intelligenz? Wie wir sichtbar machen, wie intelligent KI wirklich ist. Science Slam Talk at the turmdersinne Symposium, 12.10.2019, Fürth.


André, E., Weitz. K., Weber, K., & Janowski, K. (2019) Sind Computer schlauer als wir?. Talk with Live Demo as part of the children's university, 05.07.2019, Augsburg.


Weitz, K. (2019). Genial naiv. Wie schlau ist künstliche Intelligenz?. Talk within the scope of the Wissenschaftsjahr 2019 at the German Museum, 02.06.2019, Munich.


Weitz, K. (2019). Gotta catch ‘em all! Wenn die KI zum Pokemontrainer wird. Talk as part of the Girls‘ Day at the German Museum, 28.03.2019, Munich.


Weitz, K. (2018). Lachst du noch oder weinst du schon? Worauf neuronale Netze achten, wenn sie uns anschauen. Talk at the Science Slam of the Center Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B), 21.11.2018, Munich.



Schmid, U., & Weitz, K. (2017). Elementarinformatik als Brücke zwischen Mediennutzung und Informatik. Vom "Was muss ich drücken?" zum "Wie funktioniert das?" in der Vor- und Grundschule. Talk at the Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung, 26.09.2017, Hamburg.



Schmid, U., Knauf, D., Gärtig-Daugs, A., Weitz, K., Wolking, M., & Steinhäuser, A. (2016). Elementarinformatik. Presentation of the computer science experimenters’s kit at the Bamberger Medienbildungstag "Medienbildung 4.0", 23.07.2016, Bamberg.



Weitz, K., & Schmid U. (2015). Informatik - eine kleine Einführung. Talk at the Caritas Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik, 13.11.2015, Bamberg.


Schmid, U., & Weitz, K. (2015). Experimentierkiste Informatik. Informatik in Vor- und Grundschule. Talk as part of Culture.Projects - Die Vorstellungsrunde, 19.10.2015, Bamberg.


Schmid, U., & Grell, F., unterstützt durch Gärtig-Daugs, A., Förtsch, S., Wolking, M., & Weitz, K. (2015). Mobile Informatikwerkstatt für Vor- und Grundschule. Presentation of project plans for the computer science experimenter’s kit at the Hermann-Gutmann-Stiftung, 10.3.2015, Bamberg.




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Katharina Weitz, Dominik Schiller, Ruben Schlagowski, Tobias Huber and Elisabeth André. 2020. "Let me explain!": exploring the potential of virtual agents in explainable AI interaction design. DOI: 10.1007/s12193-020-00332-0
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Simon Flutura, Andreas Seiderer, Tobias Huber, Katharina Weitz, Ilhan Aslan, Ruben Schlagowski, Elisabeth André and Joachim Rathmann. 2020. Interactive machine learning and explainability in mobile classification of forest-aesthetics. DOI: 10.1145/3411170.3411225
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Tobias Huber, Katharina Weitz, Elisabeth André and Ofra Amir. 2020. Local and global explanations of agent behavior: integrating strategy summaries with saliency maps.

Klaus Weber, Kathrin Janowski, Niklas Rach, Katharina Weitz, Wolfgang Minker, Stefan Ultes and Elisabeth André. 2020. Predicting persuasive effectiveness for multimodal behavior adaptation using bipolar weighted argument graphs.
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Silvan Mertes, Tobias Huber, Katharina Weitz, Alexander Heimerl and Elisabeth André. 2020. This is not the texture you are looking for! Introducing novel counterfactual explanations for non-experts using generative adversarial learning.
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Alexander Heimerl, Katharina Weitz, Tobias Baur and Elisabeth André. in press. Unraveling ML models of emotion with NOVA: multi-level explainable AI for non-experts. DOI: 10.1109/taffc.2020.3043603
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Katharina Weitz. 2020. Was "denkt" Künstliche Intelligenz? Wie wir sichtbar machen, wie intelligent KI wirklich ist. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-61570-6_5
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Katharina Weitz, Dominik Schiller, Ruben Schlagowski, Tobias Huber and Elisabeth André. 2019. "Do you trust me?" Increasing user-trust by integrating virtual agents in explainable AI interaction design. DOI: 10.1145/3308532.3329441
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Teena Hassan, Dominik Seuß, Johannes Wollenberg, Katharina Weitz, Miriam Kunz, Stefan Lautenbacher, Jens-Uwe Garbas and Ute Schmid. 2019. Automatic detection of pain from facial expressions: a survey. DOI: 10.1109/TPAMI.2019.2958341
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Ilhan Aslan, Katharina Weitz, Ruben Schlagowski, Simon Flutura, Susana Garcia Valesco, Marius Pfeil and Elisabeth André. 2019. Creativity support and multimodal pen-based interaction. DOI: 10.1145/3340555.3353738
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Katharina Weitz, Teena Hassan, Ute Schmid and Jens-Uwe Garbas. 2019. Deep-learned faces of pain and emotions: elucidating the differences of facial expressions with the help of explainable AI methods = Tief erlernte Gesichter von Schmerz und Emotionen: Aufklärung der Unterschiede von Gesichtsausdrücken mithilfe erklärbarer KI-Methoden. DOI: 10.1515/teme-2019-0024
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Dominik Schiller, Katharina Weitz, Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2019. Human-inspired socially-aware interfaces. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34500-6_2
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Ute Schmid, Michael Siebers and Katharina Weitz. 2019. Künstliche Intelligenz selber programmieren für Dummies Junior.
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Björn Petrak, Katharina Weitz, Ilhan Aslan and Elisabeth André. 2019. Let me show you your new home: studying the effect of proxemic-awareness of robots on users' first impressions.
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Katharina Weitz and Elisabeth André. 2019. Should we (dis)trust robots? Developing responsible AI using cognitive and affective human-robot trust.
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Katharina Weitz, Florian Johren, Lukas Seifert, Sha Li, Jiexin Zhou, Oliver Posegga and Peter A. Gloor. 2019. The Bezos-Gate: exploring the online content of the Washington Post. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17238-1_4
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Katharina Weitz. 2018. Applying explainable artificial intelligence for deep learning networks to decode facial expressions of pain and emotions.
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Ute Schmid, Katharina Weitz and Anja Gärtig-Daugs. 2018. Informatik in der Grundschule: eine informatisch-pädagogische Perspektive auf informatikdidaktische Konzepte. DOI: 10.1007/s00287-018-1103-4
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Katharina Weitz, Teena Hassan, Ute Schmid and Jens-Uwe Garbas. 2018. Towards explaining deep learning networks to distinguish facial expressions of pain and emotions.
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Katharina Weitz, Anja Gärtig-Daugs, Daniel Knauf and Ute Schmid. 2017. Computer science in early childhood education: pedagogical beliefs and perceived self-confidence in preschool teachers. DOI: 10.1145/3137065.3144573
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Katharina Weitz. 2017. Creativity and intelligence in brains and machines: from individuals to societies; post-event report about the GK sponsored Interdisciplinary College 2017 (IK2017). DOI: 10.1007/s10339-017-0845-2
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Katharina Weitz. 2017. Individual effects of sleep deprivation: influence of personality factors on subjective fatigue and cognitive performance.
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Ute Schmid and Katharina Weitz. 2017. Referate präsentieren mit PowerPoint für Dummies Junior.
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Katharina Weitz, Astrid Schuetz, Christian Mühl and Daniel Aeschbach. 2017. Sleep deprivation and personality - impact on simple and complex cognitive tasks.
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Anja Gärtig-Daugs, Katharina Weitz, Maike Wolking and Ute Schmid. 2016. Computer science experimenter's kit for use in preschool and primary school. DOI: 10.1145/2978249.2978258
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