Research Group: Interactional Linguistics & Human-Robot-Interaction
Our research focuses on multimodal communication and social interaction in everyday, professional and technologically mediated settings. We investigate the practices by which co-participants sequentially and multimodally coordinate and organize their courses of action. We use insights from interactional research to inform the design and modeling of Human-Robot-Interaction, and explore how users interpret and co-construct the interactional skills of a robot / virtual agent etc.
- Multimodal Conversation Analysis
- Interactional Linguistics
- Workplace Studies
- Classroom Interaction, Social Learning, Immersive Education
We draw on linguistic, ethnographic and Conversation Analytic (EM/CA) methods and attempt - in interdisciplinary projects - to link qualitative and quantitative approaches. Most recently, we have begun to integrate sequential micro-analysis of video-taped recordings with technical approaches (e.g. Motion Capturing, Augmented Reality) and modeling of interaction.
Karola Pitsch: Short VitaAfter studying French, Linguistics and History in Bielefeld and Paris (1995 - 2001), Karola Pitsch received her PhD in Linguistics from Bielefeld University, Germany (2006, Dissertation Award of the Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft). She has since held positions as postdoctoral researcher in EU-projects with the ‘Work, Interaction & Technology’ research centre in the school of Social Sciences at King’s College London, UK (2005 - 2008), and the Applied Informatics group and the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics at Bielefeld University (2008 - 2011). In 2011, Karola became a Dilthey Fellow funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, and a fellow in the ZiF Network of Young Scholars. She is Principal Investigator of projects within the CRC 673 ’Alignment in Communication’ and the Centre of Excellence ‘Cognitive Interaction Technology’ (CITEC). She currently heads the research group “Interactional Linguistics & HRI” at Bielefeld University. She has undertaken extended research stays at Sorbonne University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), UCLA (USA), the universities of Tsukuba and Saitama (Japan), and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).