Short CV/Education and training

  • I started studying German, English, Philosophy and Educational Sciences and later specialized in English Linguistics. I got my PhD from Bielefeld University after a year at UC Berkeley, worked in the Verbmobil project at the University of Hamburg, was assistant professor at the University of Bremen and then became first associate professor and then professor (with special responsibilities) for Language and Technology Interaction at the University of Southern Denmark.

Selected publications

  • Fischer, Kerstin & Depka Prondzinska, Alicja (2020): Experimental Contrastive Pragmatics Using Robots. Contrastive Pragmatics 1: 82-107.

  • Fischer, Kerstin, Seibt, Johanna, Rodogno, Raffaele, Rasmussen, Majken, Weiss, Astrid, Juel, William, Bodenhagen, Leon and Krüger, Norbert (2020): Integrative Social Robotics Hands-On. Interaction Studies 21,1: 145-191.

  • Fischer, Kerstin (2020): Why Collaborative Robots Must Be Social (and even Emotional) Actors. Techné: Research in Technology and Philosophy 23, 3: 270-289.

  • Fischer, Kerstin, Niebuhr, Oliver, Jensen, Lars C. and Bodenhagen, Leon (2020): Speech Melody Matters – How robots can profit from using charismatic speech. ACM Transactions in Human-Robot Interaction 9, 1, Article 4: 1-21.

  • Kerstin Fischer. Designing Speech for a Recipient: The Roles of Partner Modeling, Alignment and Feedback in so-called 'Simplified Registers'. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016.

  • Kerstin Fischer. Conversation, Construction Grammar, and Cognition. Language and Cognition 7, 4: 563-588, 2015.

  • Kerstin Fischer. Situation in Grammar or in Frames? Evidence from the so-called Baby talk Register. Constructions and Frames 7, 2: 258-288, 2015.

  • Kerstin Fischer. How people talk with robots – designing dialog to reduce user uncertainty. AI Magazine, 32(4):31-38, 2011.

  • Kerstin Fischer, editor. Approaches to Discourse Particles. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006.

  • Kerstin Fischer. What Computer Talk Is and Is not: Human-Computer Conversation as Intercultural Communication. Saarbrücken: AQ, 2006.

  • Kerstin Fischer. From Cognitive Semantics to Lexical Pragmatics: The Functional Polysemy of Discourse Particles. Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin, New York, 2000.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 'Smooth: Seamless Human-Robot Interaction for the Support of Elderly People' (Danish Innovation Fund, 2017-2021)

  • 'Improving Second Language Pedagogy at the Pragmatics-Prosody Interface using Human-Robot Interaction' (Danish Council for Independent Research, , 2015 – 2019)

  • 'Construction Grammar and the Description of Situated Spoken Interaction' (Velux Foundation, 2012 – 2016)

  • 'ITALK' (EU FP7, 2008 – 2012)

  • 'Ontospace' (German Research Foundation, 2003 – 2006)

  • 'Scientific Network Construction Grammar' (German Research Foundation, 2005 – 2008)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Senior Associate Editor for Transactions in Human-Robot Interaction (since 2017)

  • 'Theory and Methods' theme chair at the program committee of the HRI conference (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)

  • Alt.HRI Co-Chair (2021, 2022)

  • Steering committee HRI conference (2016 – 2019)

  • Co-founding associate editor of the Studies in Pragmatics Series, now Brill (since 2004)

  • Editorial Board of Journal Discourse, Context and Media (2012-2020)

Media coverage


Additional qualifications

  • Degrees in Philosophy and Education (1994) and in higher learning (2003)


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