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Sam Thellman

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PhD student in Cognitive Science (main supervisor: Tom Ziemke).

Research

My PhD work focuses on the role of the intentional stance — i.e., people’s common-sense or intuitive understanding of others as agents with beliefs, desires, and other so called "intentional states" — in human-robot interactions. My research aims to elucidate some of the challenges or difficulties associated with predicting and explaining the behavior of robots based on the intentional stance, and to develop appropriate methodology for studying the intentional stance toward robots empirically.

Publications & Presentations

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2020

  • Thellman, S. & Ziemke, T. (2020). Do You See What I See? Tracking the Perceptual Beliefs of Robots. iScience, 23(10), 101625 [link]
  • Blomkvist, J., Thellman, S., Overkamp, T., Holmlid, S. & Ziemke, T. (to appear). Robots in Service Design: Considering Uncertainty in Social Interaction with Robots. Service Design and Inovation Conference. Melbourne, Australia, July 6-9
  • Rueben, M., Nikolaidis, S., de Graaf, M., Phillips, E., Robert, L., Sirkin, D., Kwon, M., & Thellman, S. (2020). Half Day Workshop on Mental Models of Robots. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20 Companion), March 23–26, 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA
  • Thellman, S., Giagtzidou, A., Silvervarg, A. & Ziemke, T. (2020). An Implicit, Non-Verbal Measure of Belief Attribution to Robots. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20 Companion), March 23–26, 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA
  • Thellman, S., Silvervarg, A. & Ziemke, T. (2020). Anthropocentric Attribution Bias in Human Prediction of Robot Behavior. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20 Companion), March 23–26, 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA
  • Thellman, S., Silvervarg, A. & Ziemke, T. (2020). Some Adults Fail the False-Belief Task When the Believer Is a Robot. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20 Companion), March 23–26, 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA

2019

  • Thellman, S. (2019). Resolving Uncertainty About What a Robot Knows. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual SweCog Conference, Umeå, Sweden, November 7-8 (p. 20), The University of Skövde.
  • Thellman, S. & Ziemke, T. (2019). The Intentional Stance Toward Robots: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.) Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1097–1103). Montreal, QB: Cognitive Science Society. *Oral presentation, acceptance rate 25.3%* [link]

2018

  • Thellman, S., Hagman, W., Jonsson, E., Nilsson, L., Samulesson, E., Simonsson, C., Skönvall, J., Westin, A., & Silvervarg, A. (2018). He is not more persuasive than her - No gender biases toward robots giving speeches. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 327–328). ACM.
  • Thellman, S. & Ziemke, T. (2018). The Socio-Cognitive Function of Mental State Attribution to Robots. Social Cognition in Humans and Robots, socSMCs/EUCognition Summit, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Thellman, S. & Ziemke, T. (2018). Studying the Craft of Folk Psychology in HRI. In Proc. FAIM/ISCA Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Multimodal Human-Robot Interaction (27-30). Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Petrovych, V., Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2018). Human Interpretation of Goal-Directed Autonomous Car Behavior. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2235–2240), Madison, WI.
  • Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2018). Predictions and Explanations of Robot Actions are Constrained by Observers' Presuppositions about Robots. Explainable Robotic Systems workshop, HRI ’18, Chicago, IL, March 5–8.
  • Löfgren, F., Thunberg, S., & Thellman, S. (2018). LetterMoose: a Handwriting Tutor Robot. In Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Chicago, IL, March 5-8. ACM. *Delegates' Choice Award* [Swedish media coverage of LetterMoose: LiU, P4, SVT, Corren, NT, Affärsliv, NyTeknik, DT, Voister]

2017

  • Thellman, S., Silvervarg, A., & Ziemke, T. (2017). Folk-psychological interpretation of human vs. humanoid robot behavior: exploring the intentional stance toward robots. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1962. [link]
  • Johansson, R., Thellman, S., Skantze, G., & Jönsson, A. (2017). Psychotherapists' interest in using the Furhat social robot for clinical training. In Proceedings of the 13th Annual SweCog Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, October 26-27 (pp. 46-48), The University of Skövde.
  • Thunberg, S., Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2017). Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: A Study of the Social Acceptance of NAO vs. Pepper. In 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany, October 17-20. *Best Poster Award*
  • Thellman, S., Lundberg, J., Arvola, M., & Ziemke, T. (2017). What Is It Like to Be a Bot? Toward More Immediate Wizard-of-Oz Control in Social Human-Robot Interaction. In 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, Bielefeld, Germany, October 17-20.
  • Thellman, S., Silvervarg, A., & Ziemke, T. (2017). Lay Causal Explanations of Human vs. Humanoid Behavior. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, Stockholm, September 27-30, (pp. 433–436). Springer.
  • Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2017). Social Attitudes Toward Robots are Easily Manipulated. In Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria, March 6-9 (pp. 299-300). ACM.

2016

  • Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2016). The relationship between the nature of an artificial agent's body, its social presence, and its influence on people's decisions. In Proceedings of the 12th Annual SweCog Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 6-7 (pp. 28-29), The University of Skövde.
  • Thellman, S., Silvervarg, A., Gulz, A., & Ziemke, T. (2016). Physical vs. Virtual Agent Embodiment and Effects on Social Interaction. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, Los Angeles, CA, September 20-23 (pp. 412-415), Springer International Publishing.
  • Thellman, S., & Ziemke, T. (2016). Assessing social attitudes toward robots and the impact of anthropomorphism. Poster session presented at the 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), New York, NY, August 26-31.
  • Thellman, S. (2016). Social Dimensions of Robotic versus Virtual Embodiment, Presence and Influence (Master's thesis). Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130645

–2015

  • Thellman, S. (2015). Social attitudes toward robots with different degrees of human-likeness. In Proceedings of the 11th Annual SweCog Conference, Skövde, Sweden, June 15-16 (p. 21), The University of Skövde.
  • Thellman, S. (2014). True Belief at the End of the Tether: the Quest for Universal Epistemic Justification. (Bachelor's thesis). Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112585
  • Thellman, S. (2013). Assessing the Representational Capacity of Haptics in a Human-Computer Interface (Bachelor's thesis). Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102455
Email: sam.thellman@liu.se
Tel: +46 13282410
Visiting address: Room 3F.470, Dept. of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University

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