Kathrin Janowski M.Sc.

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Human - Centered Multimedia
Phone: +49 821 598 - 2323
Room: 2018 (N)
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Address: Universitätsstraße 6a, 86159 Augsburg


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Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Agents, Social Robots, Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, Multimodal User Interfaces


My research focuses on the development of multimodal dialog systems for intuitive communication between humans and computer-controlled social agents.

Among other things, this includes the generation of believable, life-like behavior for virtual characters and robots which allows the user to understand their cognitive state. Furthermore, I am interested in modern input technology like speech, facial expressions and gestures because those agents, in turn, should be able to understand naturally-occurring human behavior.


zwei virtuelle Charaktere im Dialog, über dem Bayes'schen Netz, welches ihr Verhalten steuert

Decision-Theoretic Personality-Based Turn-Taking

For my PhD thesis I am examining different factors which influence the turn-taking in dialogue, and how these mechanisms can be applied to artificial characters.

The focus is on behavior patterns which express the personality and the interpersonal stance towards the interlocutor.

videos of the first prototype



This demonstrator of a health advisor was created by Hannes Ritschel, Andreas Seiderer and myself for a public event showcasing local research.

Later, I supervised a group of students who presented this demonstrator to the inhabitants of several elderly homes in order to ground the following discussion about potential applications and requirements for this target group.

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For this project I supervised two students who programmed an emotional game-playing companion. For this purpose, two different personalities were modeled - a friendly partner and a hostile rival - which react differently to game events and express this verbally as well as using facial expressions.

This application was used in the context of the ForGenderCare project in order to examine how elderly people interact with social robots.

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Empathy Simulation

One of the simplest empathy mechanisms is the mirroring of observed emotions.

In this project I worked on the facial expression generation of the robot we used, and created rules for the timing and selection of emotional comments.

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This project primarily dealt with the disambiguation in human-robot cooperation by combining gaze direction and speech.

My work on this included creating the dialogue logic and researching the timing of the gaze behavior.

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Supervised Student Theses

  • SS 2015: "Entwurf und Implementierung eines Emotionsmoduls für einen sozialen Roboter"  („Design and implementation of an emotion module for a social robot“)
  • SS 2015: "Persönlichkeitsbasierte Verhaltensanpassung eines sozialen Roboters" („Personality-based behavior adaptation of a social robot“)

Multimedia Project

  • WS 2019/20: "Multimodal Human-Robot-Dialogue with Aisoy"
  • WS 2015/16: "The Always-On Clone - Social Activity Manager"
  • WS 2014/15: "Wizard-Of-Oz Control for Robots"  

Lecture "Multimedia Grundlagen II"

  • SS 2015

Seminar "Fundamental Issues in Multimodal Dialogue and Interaction"

  • SS 2015: "Verbesserung der Langzeitinteraktion von interaktiven Robotern und Menschen" („Improvement of long-term interaction between interactive robots and humans“)
  • SS 2015: "Social Interaction with Game Playing Agents“

Practical Module

  • SS 2016: "Emotional Expressions for Reeti"
  • SS 2015: "RoboGames - Social Games with Reeti"


Lecture "Multimedia 1: Usability Engineering"

  • WS 2019/20: "Human-Robot-Interaction - Empathic Smalltalk Application for Elderly People"
  • WS 2018/19: "Human-Robot-Interaction - Requirements Analysis in Retirement Homes"
  • WS 2015/16: "Context-aware Recommendersystems for Elderly People - Social Robots"  

Practical Course "Usability Engineering"

  • SS 2016: "Dialogue Application for a Social Robots - Cooking Assistant"
  • SS 2015: "Context-aware Recommendersystems for Elderly People - Social Robots"

Seminar "Advanced Topics in Multimodal Dialogue and Interaction"

  • SS 2015



"Was machen soziale Maschinen heute schon?" ("What are social machines already doing today?")

Careum Dialog 2020, Zürich, 13th February 2020


"Wie man einen Roboter zum Leben erweckt" ("How to bring a robot to life")

  • Girls' Day (2014-2019)
  • Tag der Informatik (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)


"Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft" ("The Long Night of Science")

Augsburg City Hall, 2018


"Fädeln, Löten, Programmieren - Mechanische Wesen im Figurentheater" ("Threading, Soldering, Programming - Mechanical Creatures in Puppet Theater")  

at the museum of the "Augsburger Puppenkiste", 2014-2015


Kathrin Janowski
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Klaus Weber, Kathrin Janowski, Niklas Rach, Katharina Weitz, Wolfgang Minker, Stefan Ultes and Elisabeth André. in press. Predicting persuasive effectiveness for multimodal behavior adaptation using bipolar weighted argument graphs.
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Hannes Ritschel, Andreas Seiderer, Kathrin Janowski, Stefan Wagner and Elisabeth André. 2019. Adaptive linguistic style for an assistive robotic health companion based on explicit human feedback. DOI: 10.1145/3316782.3316791
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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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Hannes Ritschel, Kathrin Janowski, Andreas Seiderer, Stefan Wagner and Elisabeth André. 2019. Insights on usability and user feedback for an assistive robotic health companion with adaptive linguistic style. DOI: 10.1145/3316782.3322737
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Hannes Ritschel, Kathrin Janowski, Andreas Seiderer and Elisabeth André. 2019. Towards a robotic dietitian with adaptive linguistic style.
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Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2019. What if I speak now? A decision-theoretic approach to personality-based turn-taking.
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Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2018. Decision-theoretic personality-based reasoning about turn-taking conflicts. DOI: 10.1145/3267851.3267899
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Hannes Ritschel, Andreas Seiderer, Kathrin Janowski, Ilhan Aslan and Elisabeth André. 2018. Drink-o-mender: an adaptive robotic drink adviser. DOI: 10.1145/3279954.3279957
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Kathrin Janowski, Hannes Ritschel, Birgit Lugrin and Elisabeth André. 2018. Sozial interagierende Roboter in der Pflege. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-22698-5_4
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Stephan Hammer, Birgit Lugrin, Sergey Bogomolov, Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2016. Investigating politeness strategies and their persuasiveness for a robotic elderly assistant. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31510-2_27
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Gregor Mehlmann, Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2016. Modeling grounding for interactive social companions. DOI: 10.1007/s13218-015-0397-5
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Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2014. Deciding when to react to incremental user input in human-robot interaction.
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Gregor Mehlmann, Markus Häring, Kathrin Janowski, Tobias Baur, Patrick Gebhard and Elisabeth André. 2014. Exploring a model of gaze for grounding in multimodal HRI. DOI: 10.1145/2663204.2663275
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Gregor Mehlmann, Kathrin Janowski, Tobias Baur, Markus Häring, Elisabeth André and Patrick Gebhard. 2014. Modeling gaze mechanisms for grounding in HRI. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-419-0-1069
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Kathrin Janowski, Felix Kistler and Elisabeth André. 2013. Gestures or speech? Comparing modality selection for different interaction tasks in a virtual environment.
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Diana Arellano, Javier Varona, Francisco J. Perales, Nikolaus Bee, Kathrin Janowski and Elisabeth André. 2011. Influence of head orientation in perception of personality traits in virtual agents.
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Ionut Damian, Kathrin Janowski and Dominik Sollfrank. 2009. Spectators, a joy to watch. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04380-2_90
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