Publications, Presentations & Expertise


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More Than Machines?
The Attribution of (In)Animacy to Robot Technology

“We know that robots are just machines. Why then do we often talk about them as if they were alive? Laura Voss explores this fascinating phenomenon, providing a rich insight into practices of animacy (and inanimacy) attribution to robot technology: from science-fiction to robotics R&D, from science communication to media discourse, and from the theoretical perspectives of STS to the cognitive sciences. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, and backed by a wealth of empirical material, Voss shows how scientists, engineers, journalists – and everyone else – can face the challenge of robot technology appearing »a little bit alive« with a reflexive and yet pragmatic stance.”


Publications

(*peer-reviewed)

  • Voss, L. (upcoming, March 2021). More Than Machines? The Attribution of (In)Animacy to Robot Technology. Transcript Publishing. – Available for preorder
  • Voss, L. (2020). Robots Wanted: Dead and/or Alive. The Attribution of In/Animacy to Robot Technology. Doctoral dissertation. Technische Universität München.
  • Voss, L. (2020). ‘Roboter gesucht – tot und/oder lebendig’. (German)
    An essay reflecting on the interdisciplinary aspects of my doctoral research. Written in the context of my Andrea von Braun Foundation PhD scholarship. PDF
  • * Meinecke, L. & Voss, L. (2018). ‘I Robot, You Unemployed’: Science-Fiction and Robotics in the Media. In J. Engelschalt et al. (Eds.), Schafft Wissen – Gemeinsames und geteiltes Wissen in Wissenschaft und Technik. Proceedings der 2. Tagung des Nachwuchsnetzwerks “INSIST”, München 2016, SSOAR. PDF
  • Voss, L. (2018). Technologie und Collagekunst. In J. Engelschalt et al. (Eds.), Schafft Wissen – Gemeinsames und geteiltes Wissen in Wissenschaft und Technik. Proceedings der 2. Tagung des Nachwuchsnetzwerks “INSIST”, München 2016, SSOAR. PDF
  • * Griffiths, S., Voss, L. & Röhrbein, F. (2015). Proximity in Industry-Academia Collaborations: The Case of the ECHORD Project. International Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 71-76. doi: 10.12720/ijmse.3.1.71-76
  • * Griffiths, S., Voss, L. & Röhrbein, F. (2014). Industry-Academia Collaborations in Robotics: Comparing Asia, Europe and North-America. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014. doi: 10.1109/ICRA.2014.6906938
  • Röhrbein, F., Griffiths, S. & Voss, L. (2013). On industry-academia collaborations in robotics. Technical Report TUM-I1338. PDF
  • Knoll, A., Röhrbein, F. & Voss, L. (Eds.) (2013). European Robotics Research Institutions. PDF
  • * Stork, S., Voss, L., Schankin, A. & Schubö, A. (2010). Context Information in Guiding Visual Search: The Role of Color and Orientation. In G. Leitner, M. Hitz, & A. Holzinger (Eds.), HCI in Work and Learning, Life and Leisure (pp. 291–304). Springer: Berlin Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-16607-5_19
  • Voss, L. (2010). The influence of movement sequence and workpiece order status on manual assembly performance. Diploma thesis. Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Department of Psychology.

Presentations

  • Voss, L. (2019). Robots Wanted – Dead and/or Alive. The attribution of in/animacy to robot technology throughout the life cycle of robots. MCTS Doctoral Colloquium. Technische Universität München. July 26, 2019.
  • Voss, L. (2018). Robots Wanted – Dead and/or Alive. Seminar “Intel Inside: A Cultural History of Computation and Robotics”, Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. June 8, 2018.
  • Meinecke, L. & Voss, L. (2016). ‘I Robot, You Unemployed’: Science-Fiction and Robotics in the Media. Schafft Wissen – Gemeinsames und geteiltes Wissen in Wissenschaft und Technik. 2. Tagung des Nachwuchsnetzwerks “INSIST”. München, October 7-8, 2016.
  • Voss, L. (2016). Sociality with non-social robots: The case of roboticists. Interdisziplinäres Arbeiten – Doktorandenkonferenz & Workshop. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. April 7-9, 2016.
  • Meinecke, L. & Voss, L. (2016). All Hail the Robot Overlords. Interdisziplinäres Arbeiten – Doktorandenkonferenz & Workshop. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. April 7-9, 2016.

Expertise