Academic Contributors

Carmina Rodriguez Hidalgo, Academic Director
Carmina Rodríguez-Hidalgo holds a PhD in Communications and MSc. Research in Communication from the University of Amsterdam, where she served as a researcher and teacher. She is currently a researcher and assistant professor at the School of Communication and Journalism at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. A Fondecyt project of Initiation, focusing on social robotics, was recently awarded to her. Her research focuses on the socio-emotional effects of the use of technologies and of mediated communication with digital agents, especially in children and young people. Her doctoral thesis focused on the emotional effects of sharing emotions online, particularly young people who gave the University Selection Test (PSU).

Nairbis Desiree Sibrian Díaz, Research Assistant
Nairbis holds a PhD in sociology at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile (2019). She earned a master in Communication and Public Policy at Universidad de Artes y Ciencias Sociales, Chile (2010) and holds a bachelor in Social Communication at Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela (2007). She is a member of the research group carenet at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and belongs to the Social Studies on Health Group (NESS) at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.

Contributors and mentors

Jochen Peter, contributor and mentor
Jochen Peter holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Amsterdam and is the lead researcher at the CHILDROBOT project, which has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC). His research focuses on how young people use technologies and how this affects their psycho-emotional development. He has published more than 100 research papers and book chapters. In 2019 he was appointed fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), in recognition of his “contributions to the study of human and mediated communication.” In his previous research, Jochen investigated the impact of online communication on the sociability of adolescents.

Autumn Edwards, contributor and mentor
Autumn Edwards holds a PhD in Communications and is a senior lecturer at the School of Communication at the University of Western Michigan. She is the co-director of the Laboratory for Communication and Social Robotics (COMBOTLABS). Her research interests focus on interpersonal communication and communication theory, both face to face and in computer-mediated contexts. Autumn is the editor-in-chief of the journal of Human-Machine Communication and co-author of the introductory text to communication, The Age of Communication.

Chad Edwards, contributor and mentor
Chad Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Communication and is a senior lecturer at the Communication School of the University of Western Michigan. He is co-director of the Laboratory for Communication and Social Robotics (COMBOTLABS). His research interests focus on human-machine communication, human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence. Chad is co-author of the introductory text to communication, The Age of Communication (Sage). Dr. Edwards has received numerous awards for his articles and serves on the editorial committee of several journals, including Communication Education. He also served as President and Executive Director of the Central States Communication Association.

Alex Barco, contributor and mentor
Alex Barco is a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering by Ramón Llull University, Barcelona Spain, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), the Netherlands. His research approach focuses on social robot applications for use in education in children in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) areas. He is interested in the long-term development of long-term relationships between children and robots. In the University of Amsterdam’s CHILDROBOT project, he works on how children implicitly learn social heuristics from robots.

Rinaldo Kühne, contributor and mentor
Rinaldo Kühne es Doctor en Comunicaciones de la Universidad de Zúrich e investigador de robótica social dentro del proyecto mentor CHILDROBOT de la Universidad de Amsterdam. Es profesor asistente de la Escuela de Investigación en Comunicación de Amsterdam (ASCoR, por sus siglas en inglés). Sus intereses principales son los efectos cognitivos y emocionales de las tecnologías y métodos de investigación cuantitativa. Con anterioridad se centró en investigar los efectos de los medios en la formación de opiniones políticas.