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M.Sc. Katharina Weitz


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Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

E-mail: katharina.weitz@informatik.uni-augsburg.de
Tel.: +49 821 598 - 2348
Room: 2015N
Address: Universitätsstr. 6a
86159 Augsburg


Research Interests

I am interested in research topics in the field of computer science and psychology. My research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.
The influence of explainability and transparency of intelligent systems on people's trust is a central point of my research activities. I promote a human-centered usage of artificial intelligence and therefore support Claire and the Ethics Guidelines for Truthworthy AI of the European Commission.
In addition to my research activities, the communication of research knowledge to the general public in the form of lectures, workshops and exhibitions is an important concern to me.

Career

I completed my training as a state-approved educator and also worked for several years as an educator in kindergarten, all-day school, and with young adults in youth welfare before studying Computing in the Humanities (Applied Computer Science) (M.Sc.) and Psychology (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) at the University of Bamberg. As part of my studies, I worked as a student research assistant at the German Aerospace Center and at the Fraunhofer Institute IIS.
I received a Fellowship of the Upgrading Scholarship Program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and was arwarded with the PUSh Award (Award of the University Women's Representative for students with outstanding achievements) of the University Bamberg for my Master’s thesis in Psychology.

Theses

Do you want to focus on AI and explainable artificial intelligence in your thesis?
Are you interested in classical or current machine learning methods?
You like to contribute to make AI systems more trustworthy?

Then get in contact with me with a short information about you and your focus in your studies. The topic will then be individually tailored to your knowledge and interests. The thesis can be written in English or German.

Projects

VIVA Vertrauen und Sympathie schaffender »lebendiger« sozialer Roboter

The aim of the VIVA project is to develop a trustworthy, lively social robot that is perceived as an attractive enrichment by users in their private environment. The robot aims to improve the personal emotional, psychological wellbeing of the users and support them in maintaining social contacts.

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Publications