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Patrick is a Senior Research Fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research Group and manager of the Robot House research facility at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). Patrick coordinates all research activities inside Robot House, supports internal and external collaborators in using the facilities, and advises them while conducting research. At the same time, he maintains the robots and all the other interactive technology in the house. Patrick has extensive expertise in social human-robot interaction and experimentation and is highly skilled with a large array of robotic and sensing technologies. His research revolves around social robotics and focuses on nonverbal interactive signals, social credibility and trust in assistive and companion robots. He is further interested in interaction architectures and behaviour coordination as well as systems integration in heterogeneous environments. He is also a supervisor of several PhD students and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, teaching advanced research topics in computer science and other modules.
Patrick is currently a CoI of the UKRI TAS hub's pump priming project Kaspar explains and the EPSRC Network+ project Tackling Frailty - Facilitating the Emergence of Healthcare Robots from Labs into Service (EMERGENCE). He is also an advisory board member of the Norwegian project Human Interactive Robotics in Healthcare (HIRo). Previously, he has been a CoI of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) funded feasibility project Assuring safety and social credibility and a postdoctoral researcher in the Robot House 2.0 project, an EPSRC strategic equipment grant.
Patrick is involved in the organisation of various international conferences and workshops as well as public scientific dissemination events. He has been general chair of UKRAS'21 and publication chair of HAI'17, the organiser of workshops at ICMI'16, HAI'17, and RO-MAN'18-22 and special sessions at RO-MAN'21 and RO-MAN'22. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, Interaction Studies, and an associate topic editor for human-robot/machine interaction at the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. Patrick has further edited a number of special issues in the International Journal of Social Robotics, Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics as well as Interaction Studies. Moreover, he is an active reviewer for several other social robotics conferences and journals.
Before joining the University of Hertfordshire, Patrick was a postdoctoral researcher at the cluster of excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and a member of the Cognitive systems engineering group. His primary research focus lied within the context of the large-scale project Cognitive service robotics apartment, where he was occupied with the coordination and arbitration of functional components and resources of the apartment as well as its residential robots. Furthermore, Patrick was deeply involved in the design of interactive scenarios and experimental set-ups.
In February 2015, Patrick received his Ph.D. on the topic of an Integrated concept of spatial awareness. His thesis originates from research conducted in the Applied Informatics Group and SFB 673 Alignment in Communication at Bielefeld University. Thereby, he has been a named researcher in the Cognitive Robotics part, developing the Receptionist scenario, as a member of the project Interaction space (C1). His research within the project has been focused on human-robot interaction, particularly social communication signs in the spatial dimension. Patrick also received master of science and bachelor of science degrees in computer science from Bielefeld University in 2009 and 2006, respectively. The topic of his master thesis was Proxemics for a Social Robot.