„Do we shake hands with robots?“


“As a social psychologist, I am studying successful interactions with new technologies. How these are designed and how they work are key questions that are also addressed in poliTE. I am looking forward to investigate these aspects on an interdisciplinary level.” F. Eyssel F. Eyssel

"Culture is like an iceberg: the deeper layers (e.g. traditions, beliefs, values) are hidden from our view; we only see and hear the uppermost layer of cultural artifacts (e.g. fashio, trends) and of verbal and non-verbal symbols" Ting-Toomey 1999


poliTE (“polite technology”) aims to analyse the ground- and framework for a new generation of „polite“ assistance systems on an interdisciplinary level and to create a network within the research community.

Duration: November 2017 – October 2020

Reference: 16SV7880K

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

About us

The Institute of Advanced Research at the University and CITEC at University of Bielefeld work on poliTE together.

Dr. Bruno Gransche

Philosophy of Technology and New Human-Machine-Interaction

Prof. Dr. Friederike Eyssel

Applied Social Psychology and Gender Studies

“In the future, technical systems are going to play an increasingly defining role in our everyday lives. How we can and maybe should interact with them is one of the central questions addressed in poliTE.” S. Nähr


“Intelligent Agents have already become ubiquitous. It is estimated that the world’s population of 7.4 billion people are connected through almost 8 billion mobile phones, approximately 3 billion of which are currently smartphones. In 2015 alone, 5.4 million service robots were sold to be used in households, according to estimates, this figure will increase to 42 million for the duration of poliTE.” B. Gransche