Julia Stapels, M. Sc.

CITEC Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology 
Research building
Inspiration 1 / Zehlendorfer Damm 199
33619 Bielefeld


Room: 2.220
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-12042
Email: jstapels'at'cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
Offfice hours: on appointment (via mail)






About me

Since November 2018 I am a researcher and doctoral student at the 'Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research' Lab at CITEC. In 2018 I received my master's degree in psychology from the University of Cologne, where I worked as a research assistant at the 'Social and Economic Cognition I' group since 2016. In 2015 I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology, also from the University of Cologne.


Currently, I am part of the BMBF-funded project ' VIVA - Roboter für Assistenzfunktionen: Interaktionsstrategien, Teilvorhaben 'Vertrauen und Sympathie schaffender "lebendiger" sozialer Roboter'. The project focuses on developing a social robot that enriches the private household with socially appropriate close-to-life, and sympathetic interactions. Our group will oversee the ethical aspects of the social robot, as well as its accompanying evaluation.

My PhD project

In my PhD project I examine the social psychological aspects of human-robot interaction. I am particularly interested in the formation and resolution of internal conflict in human-robot interaction.


Research Interests

Conflict and Ambivalence
Social Robotics
Robot Evaluation
Social Cognition