Associate Editor: Lionel P. Robert, Jr.

University of Michigan

Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021

Research Interests

My research focuses broadly on human collaboration through and with technology. More specifically, the two overarching streams that I am currently studying focus on are:

1. Collective action through technology.
Within this stream of research my research typically involves one of three research questions: One, how and why does online collaboration alters collective action. Two, how to facilitate more effective collective action through online collaborations. Finally, how to design online collaborations that can facilitate effective collective action. Types of collectives include virtual teams and both ad hoc (i.e. crowdsourcing) and community based crowds.

2. Human collaboration with Artificial Intelligent (AI) systems and Robots.
My research in this area explores the human interaction and collaboration with AI and robots. Research in this area typically involves understanding how to facilitate more effective collaborations between human(s) and autonomous systems such as AI and robots (e.g. automated vehicles). Central to many of my research questions in this area are issues related to anthropomorphism, agency and the uncanny valley. Types of outcomes included: socioemotional, cognitive-behavioral as well as objective measures of performance.

Methodological Expertise

I am open and very comfortable with a variety of research methods, both quantitative (e.g., experiments, surveys) and qualitative (case studies) as well as mixed method approaches. In terms of my own research, I have employed field studies, surveys, lab experiments, and case studies.

Email: lprobert@umich.edu