Tom Ziemke

Professor of Cognitive Systems at Linköping University since 2016. Head of the Cognition & Interaction Lab in the Human-Centered Systems division, which is part of the computer science department (IDA).

My main research interests are in situated / embodied cognition, with a current focus on how people interact with autonomous systems, such as social robots and automated vehicles. I have also done much research on the use of recurrent neural nets in cognitive modeling and adaptive robotics. The general theme of my research over the last 25+ years has been the relation between the internal mechanisms underlying behavior and the interpretation of that behavior by external observers. People’s (mis-) interpretation of social robots, automated vehicles, etc. – or AI in general – is an important part of that.

For details, see below, or my publications page, or my official LiU page.


Stuff I do

Together with Serge Thill, I am currently editing a (second) special issue on “Intentions in Human-Robot Interaction” for Frontiers in Psychology / Neurorobotics / Robotics & AI (deadline in April). Our first Frontiers special issue on that topic appeared in 2017.

I am also currently one of the chairs of CogSIMA 2022, the 12th IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management, to be held in June in Salerno, Italy.

Together with Maartje de Graaf, Bertram Malle and Anca Dragan, I recently edited a special issue on “Explainable Robotic Systems” for the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, which appeared July 2021 (open access).

Current/recent research in human-robot interaction includes these PhD projects:

Current research in human-vehicle interaction, in collaboration with colleagues at VTI, includes:

2019-2022 I am also involved in a 3-year European project called SmartWork, which addresses smart age-friendly working and living environments.

2014-2019 I coordinated a European project called DREAM on the use of social robots in psychotherapy for kids with autism.