Research & Interest
Raphaela’s research interest focuses on humans in (dyadic) interaction. On the one hand, she strives to enhance the design of technically mediated interaction based on experimentally gained results. On the other hand, she is intrigued by the possibilities offered by technical setups to understand more about human behavior in interactive situations.
During her PhD she studied haptic human-robot collaboration and is now broadening her research interest towards vision-based interaction in virtual reality.
Generally, Raphaela is interested in methods of data analysis and experimental designs, which enable a deeper understanding of humans in interaction.
"BEAMING is the process of instantaneously transporting people (visitors) from one physical place in the world to another (the destination) so that they can interact with the local people there. This is achieved through shifting their means for perception into the destination, and decomposing their actions, physiological and even emotional state into a stream of data that is transferred across the internet."
Raphaela joined the EventLab in 2011.
From 2006 to 2010, Raphaela stayed with the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Technische Universität München, Germany. She was an assistant researcher (PhD student), working on the ImmerSence project, evaluating technical setups, lecturing on design and analysis of psychological experiments, and writing her doctoral thesis on haptic collaboration between two humans in order to inspire human-robot collaboration.
Previously, Raphaela received her Diplom (Master degree) in psychology from RWTH Aachen, Germany in 2005. In her studies and Diplom thesis she focused on experimental research in visual perception and ergonomics.
During her scientific education, Raphaela visited the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (2004), and the Center of Complex Systems and Brain Science, Florida Atlantic University, USA (2010). Furthermore, she worked as student research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research and the Institute of Psychology, both at RWTH Aachen.