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Team Leader – Team Sustained Interaction & Learning, Head of Brain & Behavioral Labs / DFKI Bremen

Dr. rer. nat. Elsa Andrea Kirchner

Elsa A. Kirchner born in 1976, studied from 1994 to 1999 Biology at the University of Bremen,Germany. In 1999 she received her Diploma (Dipl. Biol.). From 1997 to 2000 she was fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. During her studies she received several other scholar ships. With the help of the Stiftung Familie Klee award she was able to work as a guest researcher at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT in Boston, USA, from 1999 to 2000. Since 2005, she is staff scientist of the Robotics Lab at the University of Bremen, Germany, leading the Brain & Behavioral Labs. Since 2008, she leads the team Interaction and since 2016 the extended team Sustained Interaction and Learning, at the Robotics Innovation Center of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Bremen, Germany. In 2014 she graduated (Dr. rer. nat) in Computer Science at the University of Bremen. Her scientific interests focus on human-machine interaction, cognitive architectures, neuropsychology, and electrophysiological methods. She supervised several Diploma, B.Sc. and M.Sc. students and served as reviewer of international journals and conferences. Since 2018 she is a member of Germany’s “Platform for Artificial Intelligence” in the working group 6: “Health Care, Medical Technology, Care”. She also is author of more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences as well as of seven book chapters.