University of Hertfordshire

Dr Patrick Holthaus

Overview

Dr Patrick Holthaus is the manager of the Robot House research facility at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a permanent Research Fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research Group and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Patrick coordinates all research activities inside Robot House, supports internal and external collaborators in using the facilities, and advises them while conducting research. He also maintains the robots and all the other interactive technology in the house. Patrick's research interests include systems integration in heterogeneous environments, interaction architectures and behaviour coordination, and the social credibility of companion robots.

Patrick has extensive expertise in social human-robot interaction and experimentation and is highly skilled with a large array of robotic and sensing technologies. Patrick is involved in the organisation of various international conferences and workshops as well as public scientific dissemination events. He is also a guest editor and active reviewer for several social robotics conferences and journals.

Until September 2017, he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the cluster of excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and a member of the Cognitive systems engineering group, led by Sebastian Wrede. His primary research focus lied within the context of the large-scale project Cognitive service robotics apartment, where he was occupied with the coordination and arbitration of functional components and resources of the apartment as well as its residential robots. Furthermore, Patrick was deeply involved in the design of interactive scenarios and experimental set-ups.

In February 2015, Patrick received his Ph.D. on the topic of an Integrated concept of spatial awareness which has been supervised and reviewed by Sven Wachsmuth and Giorgio Metta. His thesis originates from research conducted in the Applied Informatics Group and SFB 673 Alignment in Communication at Bielefeld University. Thereby, he has been working on the Cognitive Robotics part, developing the Receptionist scenario, as a member of the project Interaction space (C1). His research interest within the project has been focused on human-robot interaction, particularly social communication signs in the spatial dimension.

Patrick also received a master’s degree in computer science from Bielefeld University, in January 2009. The topic of his thesis was Proxemics for a Social Robot, which was supervised by Marc Hanheide, Ingo Lütkebohle, and Julia Peltason.

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