Dr. Frauke Zeller received her PhD (Dr. phil.) from Kassel University, Germany, in 2005 in English Linguistics and Computational Philology. Her thesis (published book) focused on Human-Robot-Interaction from a linguistic perspective. From 2005 to 2011, she was a researcher and lecturer at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, working in the Institute of Media and Communication Studies. Frauke finished her Habilitation (highest academic degree in Germany) in 2011, working on methods to analyze online communities. Before Frauke came to Ryerson, she was at the renowned Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (Great Britain). She is also involved in several international research projects, and was awarded with a range of major research grants, among them a Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013), which is one of Europe’s most distinguished individual research grants, or a Tri-Council grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC) to develop new tools for participatory campus planning.
Frauke is also the co-creator of Canada’s first hitchhiking robot - hitchBOT. The project garnered broad public interested all around the world (www.hitchbot.me, external link), and since then she has been working on a range of human-robot interaction and AI-related projects.
Dr. Zeller’s research interests include Human-Computer Interaction/Human-Robot Interaction, digital communication, and method development for digital research analyses.