P.C. Velner MSc (Ella)

PhD Candidate

About Me

Ella Velner is a PhD student at the Human Media Interaction group at the university of Twente.

Ella Velner has a bachelor degree in Communication and Information Sciences from VU Amsterdam. There, she learned about linguistics, communication forms and theories and about media and how to analyse it. Thereafter she obtained a master degree in Information Systems from the University of Amsterdam, graduating with a thesis on intonation in robot speech. In 2019, she started her PhD at HMI. There, she is doing research on speech in child-robot-media interaction and how to do this responsibly. Her supervisors are prof. dr. V. Evers, dr. K.P. Truong, and dr. R.J.F. Ordelman. Ella wants to combine the technology with the humanities side, and see how human-robot interaction can be used in a fruitful way for everyone. 


Linguistics, HRI, NLP, Interactions, Machine Learning, Communication, Dialog Management


Hover, Q. R. M. , Velner, E. , Beelen, T. , Boon, M. , & Truong, K. P. (2021). Uncanny, sexy, and threatening robots: The online community's attitude to and perceptions of robots varying in humanlikeness and gender. In HRI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 119-128). [3444661] (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction). IEEE Computer Society Press. https://doi.org/10.1145/3434073.3444661
WoÅ°niak, P. W., Dekker, L., Kiss, F. , Velner, E., Kuijt, A. , & Donker, S. F. (2020). Brotate and tribike: Designing smartphone control for cycling. In Conference Proceedings - 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020 [3405660] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3379503.3405660
Velner, E., Boersma, P., & de Graaf , M. (2020). Intonation in Robot Speech: Does it Work the Same as with People? In HRI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 569-578). ACM Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374801
El Haddad, K., Tits, N. , Velner, E., & Bohy, H. (2020). Cozmo4Resto: A Practical AI Application for Human-Robot Interaction. In H. Dibeklioglu, & E. Sürer (Eds.), Proceedings eNTERFACE’19: 15th International Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces (pp. 12-18). Bilkent University.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 2057
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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