Short title: DK TrustRobots

Long title: Doktoratskolleg „Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots“

Sponsor: TU Wien

Allocation to IMW's research priorities:

Ms. Christina Schmidbauer's research area deals with the topic of human-robot interaction in production. The focus of her doctoral thesis in the context of this and the doctoral college is the topic of division of labor between collaborative robots and humans in assembly.

Duration: September 2018 – August 2021


TU Wien has established an interdisciplinary Doctoral College (DC) on the topic "Trust in Robots - Trusting Robots" to promote cutting-edge research in robotics and AI.

Developing technologies for humans requires that humans either have full control over the technology at all times or that they can respond to the benevolent intentions and safety of autonomous systems that they cannot control. Hence, the idea of building trust in (autonomous) robotic systems.

The topics in the doctoral program include numerous research questions from various disciplines. The following graphic gives an insight into the topics.

The goal of the PhD program is to provide a comprehensive analysis of "trust" in the context of robotics technology from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to social and economic sciences, computer science and mathematics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and architecture, and to develop technologies that enhance the social and technical capabilities of autonomous robots.

Since September 2018, the interdisciplinary PhD program "Trust in Robots - Trusting Robots" has been in place. PhD students from different institutes work on independent doctoral theses in their disciplines. In addition, the doctoral students and professors work on joint research questions, projects, seminars and publications. A joint Living Lab was created for this purpose in the TU Wien library.

The TU Wien Library also regularly hosts expert lectures, opens an external URL in a new window on robotics.

A one-week Summer School was also held in the summer of 2019.


Within three years, doctoral students are expected to arrive at answers to their research questions from their respective disciplines.

You can find more information on the project website:, opens an external URL in a new window


The following institutes of the TU Wien are involved in the doctoral program: