Dr. Oliver Olsen
Hasa-Labs, London/Zürich

In his talk, Oliver Olsen will present the research carried out during his PhD exploring the role of movement on peoples perception of technical objects. He will present context and concepts as well as methodology and empirical work.
One of the key findings brought forward is that movement motivates a social interpretation. This is indicated in the empirical work using a non-anthropomorphic object of a hairbrush lacking resemblances, e.g. of faces or body structure similar to animals and humans, and participants interpretation of the brush as animate and intentional as soon as it moves. This corresponds to screen-based works, for instance Heider’s and Simmel’s seminal work displaying that movement of non-anthropomorphic objects like triangles and dots are predominantly interpreted in social terminology as actions of animate beings. However, as the work comprises a ‘real world‘ scenario with a robot and people, it transfers these findings from social psychology and computer graphic animation to the field of human-robot interaction.

Oliver Olsen is the executive sesselastronaut of the HASA. Olsen serves as the agency’s first in command and oversees the day to day work of HASA’s functional offices. In his position, he consults in various affairs, e.g. how to reconcile science with the exploration of the fantastic and the imaginary. Area of Research: technology as antennas for imagination


The talk will be held in English language.


  • Address Ubierring 40
  • City Köln
  • State / Province NRW
  • Post Code 50678
  • Country Deutschland

Date 30. Januar 2018

Time 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Starts in 10 days 1 hour 35 minutes 7 seconds