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Mag.a Martina MARA Professor of Robopsychology, LIT Robopsychology Lab, Johannes Kepler University Linz


2003 Various media internships (radio, television, print)
2004-2007 Print journalist, freelance writer, Vienna
2008 Master's degree, Communication Science, Department of Communication, University of Vienna
2008-2011 Research associate, EOOS Design, Institute of Design Research Vienna (IDRV)
2011-2012 Research associate, Department of Work, Organizational and Media Psychology, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2010-2014 Senior researcher, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz
since 2010 Lecturer, Johannes Kepler University Linz; University of Art and Design Linz; Salzburg University of Applied Sciences; University of Applied Arts Vienna; University of Applied Sciences Munich; Technical University of Munich
2014 Doctoral degree, Psychology, Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education, University of Koblenz-Landau
since 2014 Key researcher, RoboPsychology, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz
since 2016 Tech columnist, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, Linz
since 2018 Professor of Robopsychology, LIT Robopsychology Lab, Johannes Kepler University, Linz


Sciutti, A., Mara, M., Tagliasco, V. & Sandini, G.: Humanizing Human-Robot Interaction: On the Importance of Mutual Understanding, 2018
Mara, M.: Die Anthropomorphismus-Falle. In: Trend Update "Race against the Machine", 2016
Appel, M., Weber, S., Krause, S., & Mara, M.: On the Eeriness of Service Robots with Emotional Capabilities, 2016
Mara, M. & Appel, M.: Effects of lateral head tilt on user perceptions of humanoid and android robots, 2015
Mara, M. & Appel, M.: Science fiction reduces the eeriness of android robots, 2015


Scholarship for International Doctoral Students, awarded by the Ohio State University, 2011
Talent support prize for young scientists by the Federal Province of Upper Austria, 2014
Upper Austrian Women Researcher's Award, Top 3 Nominee, 2015
Research prize, awarded by the Austrian Road Safety Board, 2nd place 2017