• K. Pitsch (2006): Sprache, Körper, Intermediäre Objekte: Zur Multimodalität der Interaktion im bilingualen Geschichtsunterricht (PhD, Bielefeld University, Department of Language and Literature), to appear in the series „Qualitative Soziologie“, Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius (ed. by Jörg Bergmann, Stefan Hirschauer, Klaus Amann). [pdf] [Summary (German)] -- Dissertation Award by Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft.

Edited Volumes

  • I. Nomikou, K. Pitsch & K. Rohlfing (Eds.) (2013): Asymmetry and adaptation in social interaction. A micro-analytic perspective. Special Issue of ‘Interaction Studies’ 14/2. [doi]


In press / Submitted

  • K. Pitsch, A.-L. Vollmer, K. Rohlfing, J. Fritsch & B. Wrede (in press): Tutoring in adult-child-interaction. On the loop of action modification and the recipient’s gaze. In: Interaction Studies. [pre-print]


  • M. Henne, S. Kopp & K. Pitsch (2014): Virtuelle Assistenten als verbindende Schnittstelle zu verschiedenen Unterstützungssystemen. In: 7. Deutscher AAL-Kongress, Berlin, 5 pages.

  • L.V. Skutella, L. Süssenbach, K. Pitsch & P. Wagner (2014): The Prosody of Motivation: First Results from an Indoor Cycling Scenario. In: ESSV 2014, Dresden, 8 pages.

  • A.-L. Vollmer, M. Mühlig, J.J. Steil, K. Pitsch, J. Fritsch, K. Rohlfing & B. Wrede (2014): Robots show us how to teach them: Feedback from robots shapes tutoring behavior during action learning. In: PLOS ONE.


  • K. Pitsch, A.-L. Vollmer, M. Mühlig (2013): Robot feedback shapes the tutor’s presentation. How a robot’s online gaze strategies lead to micro-adaptation of the human’s conduct. In: Interaction Studies 14/2, 268 - 296. [doi] [pre-print]

  • K. Pitsch, R. Gehle & S. Wrede (2013): Addressing Multiple Participants: A Museum Guide Robot’s Gaze Shapes Visitor Participation. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Robotics 2013 (ICSR 2013, Bristol), 587-588. [pdf]

  • K. Pitsch, R. Gehle & S. Wrede (2013): A museum guide robot: Dealing with multiple participants in the real-world. In: Workshop “Robots in public spaces: towards multi-party, short-term, dynamic human-robot-interaction” at ICSR 2013, Bristol, 4 pages. [pdf]

  • I. Nomikou, K. Pitsch & K. Rohlfing (2013): Asymmetry and adaptation in social interaction. A micro-analytic perspective In: Interaction Studies 14/2, VII-XII. (Special Issue “Asymmetry and adaptation in social interaction”). [doi]

  • M. Kramer, R. Yaghoubzadeh, S. Kopp & K. Pitsch (2013): A conversational virtual human as autonomous assistant for elderly and cognitively impaired users? Social acceptability and design considerations. Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), P-220, 1105-1119. [pdf]

  • R. Yaghoubzadeh, M. Kramer, K. Pitsch & S. Kopp (2013): Virtual Agents as Daily Assistants for Elderly or Cognitively Impaired People. In: R. Aylett, B. Krenn, C. Pelachaud & H. Shimodaira (Eds.): Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2013), LNCS (LNAI): Vol. 8108. 79-91. [doi]

  • K. Pitsch, A. Neumann, C. Schnier & T. Hermann (2013): Augmented Reality as a tool for linguistic research: Intercepting and manipulating multimodal interaction. In: Proceedings of the Workshop “Multimodal Corpora: Beyond audio and video at IVA 2013), 5 pages. [pdf]

  • A. Neumann, C. Schnier, T. Hermann & K. Pitsch (2013): Interaction Analysis and Joint Attention Tracking in Augmented Reality. Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2013), 165-172. [doi]

  • T. Hermann, A. Neumann, C. Schnier & K. Pitsch (2013): Sonification for Supporting Joint Attention in Dyadic Augmented Reality-based Cooperation. In: Proceedings of the 8th Audio Mostly Conference. A Conference on Interaction with Sound (AM 2013).

  • K. Pitsch & A. Heimes (2013): Fachmethoden im bilingualen Unterricht. In: W. Hallet & F.G. Königs (Eds): Handbuch Bilingualer Unterricht / Content and Language Integrated Learning. Seelze: Klett Kallmeyer.


  • K. Pitsch, K.S. Lohan, K. Rohlfing, J. Saunders, C. Nehaniv & B. Wrede (2012): Better be reactive at the beginning. Implications of the first seconds of an encounter for the tutoring style in human-robot-interaction. In: RoMan 2012, 974-981. [doi] [pdf]

  • K. Pitsch (2012): Exponat - Alltagsgegenstand - Turngerät. Zur interaktiven Konstitution von Objekten in einer Museumsausstellung. In: H. Hausendorf, L. Mondada & R. Schmitt (Ed.): Raum als interaktive Ressource, 233-273. [link]

  • L. Süssenbach, K. Pitsch, I. Berger, N. Riether & Franz Kummert (2012): “Can you answer questions, Flobi?” Interactionally defining a robot’s competence as a fitness instructor. In: RoMan 2012. [doi]

  • K.S. Lohan, K. J. Rohlfing, K. Pitsch, J. Saunders, H. Lehmann, C. L. Nehaniv, K. Fischer & B. Wrede (2012): Tutor spotter: Proposing a feature set and evaluating it in a robotic system, International Journal of Social Robotics 4/2 (Special Issue „Expectations, Intentions & Actions“), 131-146. [doi]

  • B. Brüning, C. Schnier, K. Pitsch & S. Wachsmuth (2012): Integrating PAMOCAT in the research cycle. Linking Motion Capturing and Conversation Analysis. In: ICMI 2012. [doi]

  • B. Brüning, C. Schnier, K. Pitsch & S. Wachsmuth (2012): PAMOCAT: Automatic retrieval of specified postures. In: LREC 2012, Istanbul/Turkey, 6 pages. [pdf]

  • Translation from English to German: Ch. Goodwin (2012): Zeigegesten und kollaborative Bedeutungskonstitution in der Interaktion mit Aphasikern. In: R. Ayaß & Ch. Meyer (Ed.): Sozialität in Slow Motion. Theoretische und empirische Perspektiven (Festschrift Jörg Bergmann). Springer VS.


  • K. Pitsch, S. Wrede, J.-Ch. Seele & L. Süssenbach (2011): Attitude of German Museum Visitors towards an Interactive Art Guide Robot, In: HRI 2011.

  • K. Lohan, K. Pitsch, K.J. Rohlfing, K. Fischer, J. Saunders, H. Lehmann, C. Nehaniv & B. Wrede (2011): Contingency allows the robot to spot the tutor and to learn from interaction. In: ICDL 2011, Frankfurt.

  • C. Schnier, K. Pitsch, A. Dierker & T. Hermann (2011): Collaboration in Augmented Reality: How to establish coordination and joint attention? In: ECSCW 2011, Aarhus, Denmark, 405-416. [pdf]

  • C. Schnier, K. Pitsch, A. Dierker & T. Hermann (2011): Adaptability of Communicative Resources in AR-based Cooperation. In: GESPIN 2011, Bielefeld. [pdf]

  • B. Brüning, C. Schnier, K. Pitsch & S. Wachsmuth (2011): Automatic detection of motion sequences for motion analysis. In: ICMI 2011, Alicante/Spain.

  • L. Süssenbach & K. Pitsch (2011): Interactional Coordination and Alignment: Gestures in Indoor Cycling Courses. In: GESPIN 2011, Bielefeld. [pdf]

  • P. Holthaus, K. Pitsch & S. Wachsmuth (2011): How Can I Help? Spatial Attention Strategies for a Receptionist Robot. In: Social Robotics 3/4, 383-394. [preprint] [pdf]


  • A.-L. Vollmer, K. Pitsch, K. S. Lohan, J. Fritsch, K. Rohlfing, B. Wrede (2010): Developing feedback: how children of different age contribute to an interaction with adults. In: Proceedings ICDL 2010, 76-81. [pdf]

  • K. Pitsch & B. Koch (2010): How infants perceive the toy robot Pleo. An exploratory case study on infant-robot-interaction. In: Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot-Interaction (AISB), Leicester, UK, 31/03/2010, 80-87. [pdf]

  • K. Pitsch, B. Brüning, C. Schnier, H. Dierker & S. Wachsmuth (2010): Linking Conversation Analysis and Motion Capturing: How to robustly track multiple participants?. In: Workshop on Multimodal Corpora: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing Multimodality (LREC 2010), Malta, 63-69. [pdf]

  • P. Luff, K. Pitsch, Ch. Heath, P. Herdman & J. Wood (2010): Swiping paper and the second hand: mundane artifacts, gesture and collaboration. In: Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 14/3, 287-299. - [doi]

  • K. Pitsch & U. Krafft (2010): Von der emergenten Erfindung zu konventionalisiert darstellbarem Wissen. Zur Herstellung visueller Vorstellungen bei Museums-Designern. In: U. Dausendschön-Gay, Ch. Domke & S. Ohlhus (Ed.): Wissen in (Inter-) Aktion. Berlin: de Gruyter.


  • K. Pitsch, H. Kuzuoka, Y. Suzuki, L. Süssenbach, P. Luff & Ch. Heath (2009): "The first five seconds": Contingent stepwise entry into an interaction as a means to secure sustained engagement in Human-Robot-Interaction. In: ROMAN (IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication) 2009, Toyama, Japan, 985-991. - [PDF 2.0 MB]

  • K. Pitsch, A.-L. Vollmer, J. Fritsch, B. Wrede, K. Rohlfing, G. Sagerer (2009): On the loop of action modification and the recipient's gaze in adult-child interaction. In: GESPIN (Gesture and Speech in Interaction) 2009, Poznan, Poland, 7 pages. - [PDF 1.0 MB]

  • A.-L. Vollmer, K. Lohan, K. Fischer, Y. Nagai, K. Pitsch, J. Fritsch, K. Rohlfing & B. Wrede (2009): People Modify Their Tutoring Behavior in Robot-Directed Interaction for Action Learning. In: Proceedings ICDL (IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning) 2009.

  • M. Lohse, M. Hanheide, K. Pitsch, K.J. Rohlfing & G. Sagerer (2009): Improving HRI design applying Systemic Interaction Analysis (SInA). In: Interaction Studies 10:3, 298-323. [doi]

  • P. Luff, Ch. Heath & K. Pitsch (2009): Indefinite precision: the use of artefacts-in-interaction in design work. In: C. Jewitt (Ed.): The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis, 213-224.

  • I. Kawaguchi, H. Kuzuoka, Y. Suzuki, H. Nakao, J. Yamashita, K. Pitsch, K. Yamazaki (2009): Effect of Restarts and Pauses of a Robot's utterance on Drawing People's Attention. ロボットの発話途中の沈黙と言い直しによる人の注意誘導. In: The Virtual Reality Society of Japan 3. 日本バーチャルリアリティ学会論文誌. - [PDF 1.0 MB]

  • K. Yamazaki, A. Yamazaki, M. Okada, Y. Kuno, Y. Kobayashi, Y. Hoshi, K. Pitsch, P. Luff, D. vom Lehn, Ch. Heath (2009): Revealing Gauguin: Engaging Visitors in Robot Guide's Explanation of an Art Museum. In: Proceedings CHI (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) 2009.

  • K. Pitsch (2009): Interaktion und Spracharbeit im bilingualen/immersiven Geschichtsunterricht: Zum Zusammenhang von Verbalsprache, Körpergestik und Notationspraktiken. In: Stephan Alexander Ditze & Ana Halbach (eds.): Bilingualer Unterricht (CLIL) im Kontext von Sprache, Kultur und Multiliteralität (Reihe „Mehrsprachigkeit in Schule und Unterricht, Vol. 9“). Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 203-223.


  • K. Pitsch, P. Luff, J. Wood, Ch. Heath & P. Herdman (2008): Linking Paper and the Digital. Exploring Affinities between a Mundane Technology and a Complex Artefact. In: Proceedings SIMTech'08 Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies), Microsoft Research Cambridge, 20-21th Nov. 2008, 4 pages.

  • H. Kuzuoka, K. Pitsch, Y. Suzuki, I. Kawaguchi, K. Yamazaki, Y. Kuno, A. Yamazaki, P. Luff & Ch. Heath (2008): Effects of Pauses and Restarts on Achieving a State of Mutual Orientation between a Human and a Robot. In: Proceedings CSCW 2008, 201-204. - [PDF 1.2 MB]

  • K. Pitsch & R. Ayass (2008): Gespräche in der Schule. Interaktion im Unterricht als multimodaler Prozess. in: Herbert Willems (ed.): Lehr(er)buch Soziologie. Für die pädagogischen und soziologischen Studiengänge, Bd. II, 959-982. - [PDF 2.5 MB]


  • K. Pitsch (2007): Koordinierung von parallelen Aktivitäten. Zum Anfertigen von Mitschriften im Schulunterricht. In: R. Schmitt (ed.): Koordination. Analysen zur multimodalen Interaktion, Tübingen: Narr, 411-446. - [PDF 4.2 MB] [link]

  • K. Pitsch (2007): Unterrichtskommunikation revisited. Tafelskizzen als interaktionale Ressource, in: Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée. Special Issue "Die Sprache betrachten. Videodaten in der sprachwissenschaftlichen Forschung" ed. by Elwys De Stefani, 59-80. - [PDF 0.3 MB]


  • K. Pitsch (2005): Interaction, auto-organisation et pratiques d'inscription: Appropriation lexicale en classes bilingues, in: Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère (AILE) 22, 73-100. - [PDF 2.5 MB]

  • K. Pitsch (2005): Construction of knowledge in bilingual German-French history lessons: Interactive emergence of 'common ground', in: W. Herrlitz & R. Maier (eds.): Dialogues in and around the multicultural school, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 169-186.


  • K. Pitsch, U. Gut, J.-T. Milde (2003): Multimodale bilinguale Korpora gesprochener Sprache: Korpuserstellung, -analyse und -dissemination in der TASX-Umgebung. in: U. Seewald-Heeg (ed.): Sprachtechnologie für die multilinguale Kommunikation - Textproduktion, Recherche, Übersetzung, Lokalisierung. Beiträge der GLDV-Frühjahrstagung, Sankt Augustin, 406-420. - [PDF 2.5 MB]

Project Deliverables

  • K. Pitsch et al. (2008): Assessment of User Experience. PaperWorks - FP6-516895, 52 pages.

  • K. Andersson, K. Pitsch et al. (2007): Application and Interaction Design. PaperWorks - FP6-516895, 65 pages.

  • K. Pitsch et al. (2006): User requirements and Specifications of Requirements. PaperWorks - FP6-516895, 28 pages.

Conference Reports

  • S. Amsalu, O. Kneidl, K. Pitsch & M. Wittler (2006): Report on the international workshop "Processes of Communication", February 10-11, 2005 at Bielefeld University, in: Gesprächsforschung 7, 79-84.

  • K. Pitsch & M. Schwabe (2006): 9th Conference on Discourse and Conversation Analysis - "9. Arbeitstagung zur Gesprächsforschung"; Mannheim (Germany), April 02-04, 2003), in: Gesture 6/1, 156-164.

  • K. Pitsch & V. Raithel (2004): International and Interdisciplinary Workshop on "Multimodal Communication" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Bielefeld University, Germany, January 9-10, 2003), in: Gesture 4/1, 109-133.

  • Ch. Domke, K. Pitsch & M. Schwabe (2003): 9. Arbeitstagung zur Gesprächsforschung am Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim am 2.-4. April 2003, in: Gesprächsforschung 4, 122-134.

  • Ch. Domke, K. Pitsch & M. Schwabe (2003): Bericht über die 9. Arbeitstagung zur Gesprächsforschung vom 2.-4.4.2003 in Mannheim, in: Deutsche Sprache 31, 171-181.

  • Ch. Domke, K. Pitsch & M. Schwabe (2002): 6. Arbeitstreffen „Linguistische Pragmatik“ (ALP) am Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim am 25./26. Februar 2002, in: Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik 30/2, 265-269.