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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. 

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Human Robot Interaction
Linguistics
Machine Learning
Natural Language Processing Systems
Robots
Simulators
Smartphones
Social Sciences
Robot

Research

Linguistics, HRI, NLP, Interactions, Communication, Dialog Management, Responsible AI, Ethics

Publications

Recent
Beelen, T. H. J. , Velner, E. , Truong, K. P. , Ordelman, R. J. F. , Huibers, T. W. C. , & Evers, V. (2023). Children’s Trust in Robots and the Information They Provide. In CHI EA '23: Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-7). [66] ACM Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544549.3585801
Velner, E. (2023). Measuring Trust in Children's Speech: Towards Responsible Robot-Supported Information Search. In HRI '23: Companion of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 748-750). ACM Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1145/3568294.3579973
Beelen, T. , Velner, E. , Ordelman, R. , Truong, K. P. , Evers, V. , & Huibers, T. (2022). Designing Conversational Robots with Children during the Pandemic. Paper presented at 6th International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children & Recommender and Information Retrieval Systems, KidRec 2022, Braga, Portugal. https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2205.11300
Beelen, T. H. J. , Truong, K. P. , Ordelman, R. J. F. , Velner, E. , Evers, V. , & Huibers, T. W. C. (2022). A Child-Friendly Approach to Spoken Conversational Search. In G. Drakopoulos, & E. Kafeza (Eds.), CIKM-WS 2022: Proceedings of the CIKM 2022 Workshops, Atlanta, USA, October 17-21, 2022 (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; Vol. 3318). CEUR. https://ceur-ws.org/Vol-3318/
Beelen, T. H. J. , Velner, E. , Ordelman, R. J. F. , Truong, K. P. , Evers, V. , & Huibers, T. W. C. (2022). Designing Conversational Robots with Children during the Pandemic. Abstract from 6th International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children & Recommender and Information Retrieval Systems, KidRec 2022, Braga, Portugal. https://arxiv.org/abs/2205.11300
Leenders, R., Camin, P. , Velner, E. , & Theune, M. (2022). Björn: An Interrogation Simulator. In S. Schlobach, M. Perez-Ortiz, & M. Tielman (Eds.), HHAI2022: Augmenting Human Intellect: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence (pp. 269-271). (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications; Vol. 354). IOS. https://doi.org/10.3233/FAIA220213
Van Den Bos, M., Dzhondzhorova, G., Frincu, I. , Velner, E. , Beelen, T. , & Theune, M. (2022). Karen, the Interrupting Customer. In S. Schlobach, M. Perez-Ortiz, & M. Tielman (Eds.), HHAI2022: Augmenting Human Intellect: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence (pp. 263-265). (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications; Vol. 354). IOS. https://doi.org/10.3233/FAIA220211
Pompe, B. L. , Velner, E. , & Truong, K. P. (2022). The Robot That Showed Remorse: Repairing Trust with a Genuine Apology. In Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN): Social, Asocial, and Antisocial Robots (pp. 260-265). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/RO-MAN53752.2022.9900860
Beelen, T. , Velner, E. , Ordelman, R. , Truong, K. P. , Evers, V. , & Huibers, T. (2021). Let’s talk about it: Spoken conversational search with a robot for children. In CUI@CSCW: Inclusive and Collaborative Child-facing Voice Technologies: A workshop at the virtual ACM CSCW 2021 conference ACM Publishing.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Citadel (building no. 09), room H224
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7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
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The Netherlands

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