Agnieszka Wykowska

Agnieszka Wykowska

Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genua

Agnieszka Wykowska is a Principal Investigator at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), where she leads the team “Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction (S4HRI)” and the ERC Starting Grant “InStance” (Intentional Stance for Social Attunement). She is also Adjunct Professor of Engineering Psychology at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

In her research, she uses methods of cognitive neuroscience to examine mechanisms of human social cognition in naturalistic human-robot interaction settings. Her approach highlights that use of interactive protocols with humanoid robots allows for higher ecological validity than screen-based stimuli, and at the same time, excellent experimental control (in contrast to human-human interaction protocols).

Agnieszka Wykowska obtained PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude) from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU) in 2008, and Habilitation from the same university in 2013. Her background is in cognitive neuroscience (M.Sc. in neuro-cognitive psychology, LMU) and philosophy (M.A. in philosophy, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland). She has published numerous papers in high-ranking journals in the area of social and cognitive neuroscience, as well as social robotics. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, editor of Frontiers in Psychology (section Cognition) and a member of the Programme Committee of the International Conference on Social Robotics (since 2010) as well as the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2017, 2019).