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Our Mission

In our private and professional daily life, we more and more rely on technical solutions. Applications implement algorithmic concepts that help us in realizing various tasks. Intelligent assistants start to be a part of our society and provide us with useful interactive solutions. The more such systems are integrated into our social life, the more social and satisfying they should be.

A satisfying social human-computer-interaction has to be based on the 
principles of human-human-interaction:

We have to teach the computer about human emotions and behavioral patterns as well as social norms and values!


In our research and projects, we focus on analyzing

human-computer-interaction versus human-human-interaction.

What are the similarities? What are the differences?

How to bring an interaction with a computer closer to what we are used to from interactions with humans?

To answer these questions, we integrate scientific principles, results, and theories from both the field of psychology and computer science.

Our interdisciplinary team lead by Patrick Gebhard consists of professionals from the fields of psychology and computer science. Quality of our highly interdisciplinary work is based on strict methodological standards.

The close cooperation with our partners takes our work to a practical level and is already being used successfully due to our user-oriented approach. Our location at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken gives us access to a wide network of methods and techniques of artificial intelligence.

The two research areas – psychology and computer science – holds the potential to produce results yet undiscovered and unknown to the scientific community. But our work is not exclusively of interest to the scientific community – it is of relevance to everybody that is interested in the development and future aspirations in Affective Computing.

Come and take a closer look at our work!