Frauke Zeller
frauke zeller

Dr Frauke Zeller

Professor

Biography

Dr. Frauke Zeller joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2023 as Professor of HCI & Creative Informatics in the School of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment. Her research expertise spans several areas, such as methods for big data analyses in audience analytics, AI ethics and Human-Computer and -Robot Interaction. She received her Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) from Kassel University, Germany, in English Linguistics and Computational Philology. After that, she worked in the Institute of Media and Communication Studies at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. Frauke's Habilitation (highest academic degree in Germany) research project dealt with methods to analyze online communities. From 2011 to 2013 she held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, funded by the European Commission, and was researcher in Canada as well as the UK (University College London). She was offered a tenure track assistant professorship at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2013, where she stayed until 2022. Frauke has been involved in multiple international research projects and was awarded a range of major research grants, among them a Tri-Council grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC), and has been co-applicant and collaborator in a project that develops AI-based social robots for pediatric pain management, funded by the new UK-Canada AI Research programme. Other projects are related to AI, such as developing higher education training courses in Responsible AI (funded by NSERC), analyzing social media content related to human rights issues and youth in Central America (RCYP), the development of AI-based technologies like chatbots for news media outlets and knowledge translation (SSHRC funded Partnership project, GJIL and XJO). Other projects were funded by the European Commission (Network of Excellence) or the German Research Foundation.
Frauke has been holding a range of research-related positions, such as director of the Centre for Communicating Knowledge, director of The Creative School Catalyst (a research catalyst and facilitator), she was DAAD Research Ambassador, and is still advisory council member of GAIN.
Frauke is also the co-creator of Canada’s first hitchhiking robot - hitchBOT. The project garnered broad public interest all around the world, and since then, she has been working on a range of human-robot interaction and AI-related projects.

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of Advisory Board of German Academic International Network
  • Steering Group & Working Group Chair: COST Action IS0906: Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies
  • Strategic Advisory Board Member: Integrated Project Digital Business Ecosystems (6th Framework Program).

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Knowledge Mobilization and Social Engagement Award at Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Top 30 Innovators Award from Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellowship

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Research Ambassador for German Academic Exchange Service

 

Invited Speaker

  • Dimensions of Social Media in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Humanities and Social Sciences in a BrAIve New World
  • A New Human-Robot Interaction Design and Evaluation Framework
  • The Role of Social Media in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Of Robots, Humans, and Communications: The Media and Communication Dimension in Human-Robot Interaction
  • The Audience Lab
  • In Search of the Perfect Robot Language: Towards a New Kind of Robot Science
  • The 3rd Workshop on Public Space Human-Robot Interaction (PubRob 2016)
  • hitchBOT at the Royal Canadian Institute of Science
  • The first hitchhiking robot - hitchBOT: Invited keynote at Social Media Week Hamburg
  • hitchBOT: Invited keynote at the Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF)

 

Media Activity

  • hitchBOT. The hitchhiking robot: Presentation at the world premiere of Roboticize Me
  • hitchBOT Media Coverage & Interviews

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Director of The Creative School Catalyst
  • Programme Director of Explanatory Journalism Uptake and Impact project
  • Director of Centre for Communicating Knowledge (The Creative School and ProCom)
  • Director of the Centre for Communicating Knowledge (CCK),
  • Director of Audience Research Lab, The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Director of Audience Research Lab

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Founding Member: Ryerson-wide 'AI & Data-Science Network (AIDa’s Network)'
  • Marie Curie Alumni Association - North America Chapter Management Team and Co-Ordinator of Canadian Sub Chapter

 

Visiting Positions

  • Invited Visiting Researcher Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Visiting Scholar at Massey College

 

Date


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Framing 0/1. Wie die Medien über die „Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft“ berichten

Journal Article
Zeller, F., Wolling, J., & Porten-Cheé, P. (2010)
Framing 0/1. Wie die Medien über die „Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft“ berichten. Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 58(4), 503-524. https://doi.org/10.5771/1615-634x-2010-4-503
Die Art und Weise, wie die Medien über Technik und die damit verbundenen Risikenberichten, wird immer wieder problematisiert. An diese Debatte knüpft die vorliegendeStudie an....

Struktur-und Qualitäts-analyse publizistischer Onlineangebote

Journal Article
Zeller, F., & Wolling, J. (2010)
Struktur-und Qualitäts-analyse publizistischer Onlineangebote. Media Perspektiven, 3, 143-153

Governance in the OPAALS community

Conference Proceeding
Bräuer, M., Crone, A., Dürrenberg, C., & Zeller, F. (2008)
Governance in the OPAALS community. In J. H. Nykänen, J. Salonen, S. Pohjolainen, & K. Silius (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International OPAALS Conference on Digital Ecosystems: OPAALS 2008 (22-27
This paper provides a theoretical overview of the field of governance with a special focus on the analytic perspectives concerning virtual research networks. We discuss networ...

Appropriateness of communication and collaboration tools in an international virtual research community

Conference Proceeding
Bräuer, M., Crone, A., Dürrenberg, C., Lapteva, O., & Zeller, F. (2008)
Appropriateness of communication and collaboration tools in an international virtual research community. In J. H. Nykänen, J. Salonen, S. Pohjolainen, & K. Silius (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International OPAALS Conference on Digital Ecosystems: OPAALS 2008
In research communities, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) is part of daily routines, especially in multi-institutional research projects. Appropriate ...

Digital Ecosystems and Language

Book Chapter
Zeller, F., & Wallmannsberger, J. (2007)
Digital Ecosystems and Language. In F. Nachira, P. Dini, A. Nicolai, M. Le Louarn, & L. Rivera Lèon (Eds.), Digital Business Ecosystems. Luxembourg: European Commission

Mensch-Roboter Interaktion: Eine sprachwissenschaftliche Perspektive

Book
Zeller, F. (2005)
Mensch-Roboter Interaktion: Eine sprachwissenschaftliche Perspektive. Kassel University Press

HUDS and Senses: Leveraging Game Design to Enhance Situational Awareness for Telepresence Robot Operation

Conference Proceeding
Darzentas, D., Zeller, F., & Robson, E. HUDS and Senses: Leveraging Game Design to Enhance Situational Awareness for Telepresence Robot Operation. In MobileHCI '23 Companion: Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction. https://doi.org/10.1145/3565066

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Darzentas, D., Zeller, F., & Robson, E. HUDS and Senses: Leveraging Game Design to Enhance Situational Awareness for Telepresence Robot Operation. In MobileHCI '23 Companion: Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction. https://doi.org/10.1145/3565066
Remotely operated telepresence robots are increasing in prevalence across several domains ranging from highly critical and difficult tasks in challenging and contested spaces,...

Mediated participatory urban planning & design: An interdisciplinary framework

Book Chapter
Smith, D. H., Zeller, F., Eyles, E., Eyles, J., Silva de Jesus, D., & Hillis, C. Mediated participatory urban planning & design: An interdisciplinary framework. In S. Carta (Ed.), The Physical and the Digital City: Invisible forces, data and manifestations. Bristol: Intellect

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Smith, D. H., Zeller, F., Eyles, E., Eyles, J., Silva de Jesus, D., & Hillis, C. Mediated participatory urban planning & design: An interdisciplinary framework. In S. Carta (Ed.), The Physical and the Digital City: Invisible forces, data and manifestations. Bristol: Intellect

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Collaborator: “Group singing to support social wellbeing and communication in adults with communication disorders”.
  • Co-Investigator: “CREATE in Responsible Development of AI (RAI)” project
  • Principal Investigator: “Social Impressions of Robots”
  • Co-Investigator: “Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children’s Healthcare Experiences”
  • Co-Investigator and programme director: “Global Journalism Project”
  • Principal Investigator: “Negotiation and Gender Pay Parity: Exploring the Role of Mobile Tools for Learning and Practicing Negotiation”.
  • Principal Investigator: "Social Robotics and AI for Healthcare Communication"
  • Principal Investigator: “Leveraging AI and Robotics for Healthcare”.
  • Principal Investigator: “Participatory Urban Planning”
  • Collaborator: “Pepper/Watson for Healthcare”
  • Project Partner: Rights for Children and Youth Partnership
  • Co-Applicant: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
  • Co-Author: Funding for Media Analysis Lab
  • Co-Author: Funding for Media Analysis Lab
  • Grant Proposal Input: “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”
  • Co-Author: Network of Excellence on Digital Ecosystems
  • Project Coordinator: Joint Master Program Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • Project Management: Neue Medien Universität at Kassel University, Germany
  • Co-Author: Grant funding for development of mobile technologies' usage in Higher Education teaching
  • Funding for Computational Linguistics Lab

Current Post Grad projects