Glenda Hannibal

I use perspectives from philosophy to explore and challenge various concepts central to research on human-robot interaction (HRI), robotics, and explainable artificial intelligence (xAI).

Further Information


  • European Commission (Expert), 2019-2020/2021-2022
    Joint Research Centre (JRC)
    Human Behavior and Machine Intelligence (HUMAINT) project
  • TU Wien, 2018-2022
    Institute of Human-centered Technology and Visual Computing
    Research group on Human-Computer Interaction
    Trust Robots Doctoral College
  • University of Vienna, 2015-2017
    Institute of Sociology
    Research group on Knowledge and Culture


  • PhD in Computer Science, TU Wien, 2022
    Dissertation on Interpersonal Trust in Human-Robot Interaction
  • MA in Philosophy, Aarhus University, 2015
    Specialization in Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Cognition
  • BA in Philosophy, Aarhus University, 2012
    Minor in Cognitive Semiotics


  • Internship, Center for Welfare and Interaction Technologies
    2014, Danish Technological Institute (DTI)
  • Student Volunteer, Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Enquiries into Social Robotics (PENSOR) group
    2010-2015, Aarhus University

- Human-Robot Interaction
- Explainable AI
- Philosophy of Science/Technology
- Experimental Philosophy
- Metaphysics & Epistemology
- Methodology & Methods
- Sociology of Knowledge/Technology
- Trust & Vulnerability

Journals Articles:

  • Dobrosovestnova, A., Hannibal, G. & Reinboth, T. (2021) Service Robots for Affective Labor: a Sociology of Labor Perspective. AI & Society (online first).
  • ​Bertel, L. & Hannibal, G. (2015). The NAO robot as a Persuasive Educational and Entertainment Robot (PEER) - A case study on children’s articulation, categorization and interaction with a social robot for learning. Læring & Medier, 8(14), pp. 1-22.

Conferences Papers:

  • Hannibal, G. & Lindner, F. (2023). Towards a Questions-Centered Approach to Explainable Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022 – Social Robots in Social Institutions (pp. 406-415), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Series. Helsinki, Finland: IOS Press.
  • Hannibal, G., Dobrosovestnova, A. & Weiss, A. (2022). “Tolerating Untrustworthy Robots: Studying Human Vulnerability Experience within a Privacy Scenario for Trust in Robots”. Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (pp. 821-828). Naples, Italy: IEEE.
  • Hannibal, G. Weiss, W. & Charisi, V. (2021). "The robot may not notice my discomfort" – Examining the Experience of Vulnerability for Trust in Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (pp. 704-711). Vancouver, BC (online): IEEE.
  • Hannibal, G. (2021). Focusing on the Vulnerabilities of Robots through Expert Interviews for Trust in Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the 16th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 288-293). Boulder, CO (online): ACM.
  • Dobrosovestnova, A. & Hannibal, G. (2020). Working Alongside Service Robots: Challenges to Workplace Identity Performance, Proceedings of the International Conference Robophilosophy 2020 – Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics (pp. 148-157), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Series, Vol. 335. Aarhus, Denmark (online), IOS Press.
  • Dobrosovestnova, A. & Hannibal, G. (2020). Teachers' Disappointment: Theoretical Perspective on the Inclusion of Ambivalent Emotions in Human-Robot Interactions in Education. Proceedings of the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 471-480). Cambridge, UK (online): ACM.​​
  • Weiss, A. & Hannibal, G. (2018). What makes people accept or reject companion robots? A research agenda, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (pp. 397-404). Corfu, Greece: ACM.
  • Hannibal, G. (2016). Bringing the Notion of Everyday Life Back to the Center of Social Robotics and HRI, Proceedings of the International Conference Robophilosophy 2016 – What Social Robots Can And Should Do (pp. 67-75), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Series, Vol. 290. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.
  • Hannibal, G. (2014). ‘Dynamic’ Categorization and Rationalized Ascription: A Study on NAO, Proceedings of the International Conference Robophilosophy 2014 – Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations (pp. 343-347), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Series, Vol. 273. Aarhus, Denmark: IOS Press.

Book Chapters:

  • Hannibal, G. & Weiss, A. (2022). Exploring the Situated Vulnerabilities of Robots For Interpersonal Trust in Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 33-57). In S. T. Koeszegi and M. Vincze (Eds.), Trust in Robots. Vienna, Austria: TU Wien Academic Press.

Workshops Descriptions:

  • Hannibal, G., Rabb, N., Law, T., & Alves-Oliveira, P. (2022). Towards a Common Understanding and Vision for Theory-Grounded Human-Robot Interaction (THEORIA). Proceedings of the 17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 1254–1257). Sapporo, Japan (online): IEEE.
  • Hannibal, G. & Lindner, F. (2018). Transdisciplinary Reflections on Social Robotics in Academia and Beyond, Proceedings of the International Conference Robophilosophy 2018 – Envisioning Robots in Society–Power, Politics, and Public Space (pp. 23-27), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Series, Vol. 311. Vienna, Austria: IOS Press.​​

Special Issues:

  • Hannibal, G. & Weiss, A. (Eds.) (2020). Introduction - Envisioning Social Robotics: Current Challenges and New Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Interaction Studies, 21(1), pp. 1-6.

Ulm University:

  • WS2022/SS2023: BSc/Msc seminar on Explainable AI
  • WS2022/SS2023: BSc/Msc seminar on AI Ethics

University of Vienna:

  • WS2017: MA lecture on Knowledge, Everyday Culture and Society
  • SS2016/WS2017: BA seminar on Social Robotics
  • SS2016: PhD seminar on Social Constructivism

Guest Lectures:

  • WS2022: Trust in Human-Robot Interaction (MSc level), Interdisciplinary program on Computational Social Science, RWTH Aachen University
  • SS2022: Ethics and Security (PhD level), Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity (KPK SEEROSE), University of Klagenfurt 
  • WS2020: Ethics and Philosophy (MSc level), Department of Computer Science, University of Salzburg
  • WS2020: Methodological Approaches (MA level), Department of social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
  • WS2019: Theories and Methodics (MA level), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Unievrsity of Vienna
  • SS2019:  Human-Robot Interaction Research (MSc level), Institute of Automation and Control (ACIN), TU Wien
  • WS2015/2017: Material Culture (MA level), Institute of Sociology,  University of Vienna

Organizing Committee:

  • HRI'22 (Social Media Chair)

Program Committee:


Workshop Organization:

  • HRI'22 (Theory-Grounded HRI)
  • RP'18 (Transdisciplinary Reflections on Social Robotics)

Journal Reviews:

  • Interactive Studies
  • International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Transactions in Human-Robot Interaction

Conference Reviews:

  • HRI'17/'20/'21/'23
  • ICSR'19