Research Group: Interactional Linguistics & Human-Robot-Interaction



Research Topics

  • Multimodal Conversation Analysis
  • Interactional Linguistics
  • Human-Robot-Interaction
  • Workplace Studies
  • Classroom Interaction, Immersive Education
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.
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.


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Karola Pitsch: Short Vita

Karola Pitsch is a Dilthey Fellow funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2012-2016), and since 2013 heads the research group “Interactional Linguistics & HRI” at CITEC, Bielefeld University.
After studying French, Linguistics and History in Bielefeld and Paris (1995 - 2001), Karola 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 at King’s College London, UK (2005 – 2008, Prof. C. Heath), and the Applied Informatics group and the CoR-Lab at Bielefeld University (2008 – 2011, Prof. G. Sagerer). She is Principal Investigator of projects within the CRC 673 ’Alignment in Communication’ and the Centre of Excellence ‘Cognitive Interaction Technology’ (CITEC), and a fellow in the ZiF Network of Young Scholars. 
Karola has undertaken extended research stays at UCLA (USA, supervisor: Ch. Goodwin), the universities of Tsukuba and Saitama (Japan), at Sorbonne University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), and at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).