Research interests

I) Affective Computing & Virtual Humans:

Simulation and recognition of affect based on multidisciplinary research to increase the believability of agents in social interaction and to support theory construction.

  • Becker-Asano, C., Riesterer, N., Hué, J., & Nebel, B. (2015). Embodiment, emotion, and chess: A system description. In Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 74-80 [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano, 2008, "WASABI: Affect Simulation for Agents with Believable Interactivity", PhD thesis, Faculty of Technology, University of Bielefeld (IOS Press (DISKI 319)) [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano & I. Wachsmuth (2010), "Affective computing with primary and secondary emotions in a virtual human", Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 20(1), pp. 32-49 [DOI]
  • C. Becker-Asano & I. Wachsmuth (2010), "WASABI as a case study of how misattribution of emotion can be modelled computationally", Blueprint for Affective Computing: A Sourcebook, Oxford University Press, pp. 179-193 [pdf]

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II) Social Robotics & Android Science:

Increasing the effectiveness of humanoid robots in real world applications by combining psychological and neurobiological findings in implementations of humanoid and android robots.

  • Heisler, M. & Becker-Asano, C (2024) “Learning to Control an Android Robot Head for Facial Animation.” In Companion of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. HRI ’24. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 530-534 [pdf]
  • Kassner, A. & Becker-Asano, C. (2023), "Comparing an android head with its digital twin regarding the dynamic expression of emotions", 2023 11th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Workshops and Demos (ACIIW), IEEE, pp. 1-7 [pdf]
  • M. Heisler & C. Becker-Asano (2023), "An Android Robot Head as Embodied Conversational Agent", ISR Europe 2023; 56th International Symposium on Robotics. VDE, pp. 93-99 [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano & H. Ishiguro (2011), "Intercultural differences in decoding facial expressions of the android robot Geminoid F", Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Research, Vol. 1 (3) , pp. 215-231 [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano, T. Kanda, C. Ishi & H. Ishiguro (2011), "Studying laughter in combination with two humanoid robots", AI&Society, Vol. 26 (3) , pp. 291-300 [DOI]
  • C. Becker-Asano & H. Ishiguro (2009), "Laughter in Social Robotics – no laughing matter", 8th international workshop on Social Intelligence Design, Kyoto [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano, T. Kanda, C. Ishi & H. Ishiguro (2009), "How about laughter? Perceived naturalness of two laughing humanoid robots ", Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Amsterdam, pp. 49-54 [pdf]
  • C. Becker-Asano, S. Nishio, K. Ogawa & H. Ishiguro (2010), "Exploring the Uncanny Valley with Geminoid HI-1 in a real-world application", IADIS Intl. Conf. on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction, Freiburg, pp. 121-128 [pdf]

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Invited talks, podcasts, media, and presentations

In reverse chronological order:

  • Wir sprechen mit einem KI-Roboter
    In: Interview mit Andrea, Marcel Heisler und mir für SWR1 Radio 27.01.2024
  • Robotik-Experte bei der Diskussionsrunde zum Film "Ich bin Dein Mensch"
    In: Filmabend im Stadtteilhaus Neugereut, moderiert von Bezirksvorsteher Ralf Bohlmann 13.10.2023
  • Vortrag zu Japanaufenthalten mit Förderung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, des DAAD und der JSPS
    In: JSPS-Abend 2023 mit Feier des 50-jährigen Jubiläums der Zusammenarbeit der JSPS mit der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung und dem DAAD, 29.08.2023
  • GA #1157 Prof. Dr. Christian Becker-Asano
    Official Website
    In: Media Tasting 2023 by Apfel Programm Marketing Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, 22
  • Menschenähnlich, aber geschlechtsneutral
    In: Robotik und Produktion, Frauke Itzerott 29
  • Androide Andrea bezirzt die ganze Hochschule
    In: Zeitungsartikel in den Stuttgarter Nachrichten,  
  • Künstliche Intelligenz - Stuttgarter Forscher testen Roboter "Andrea"
    In: SWR Aktuell Radio, Stefan Eich im Gespräch mit Christian Becker-Asano, 7.12.2022
    Official Website