Neziha Akalin

Neziha Akalin

PhD Student

AASS Research Center
School of Science and Technology
Örebro University
70182 Örebro, Sweden
Room T2230
Phone +46 (0)19 30 34 15

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Neziha Akalin is a Ph.D. student in the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS). She is also a researcher in the EU MSCA-ITN project SOCRATES. Neziha Akalin received her MSc degree in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.


Neziha Akalin's research interests include social and assistive robots. Exploring how humans interact with technology is becoming more and more important with the emergence of new technologies, especially with robots. Her current research is focused on understanding factors that affect the perceived safety of individuals during their interactions with robots using qualitative and quantitative measures.

She has worked as a teaching and research assistant in the Computer Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University. During this period, she also worked as a researcher on several research projects. In one of these projects, she used humanoid robots for teaching sign language to deaf children.


[1] N. Akalin, A. Kristoffersson, A. Kiselev and A. Loutfi. Guidelines for Identifying Factors Influencing Perceived Safety in Human-Robot Interaction.BibTeX | DiVA ]
[2] N. Akalin. Perceived Safety in Social Human-Robot Interaction. Örebro University, School of Science and Technology, Ph.D. Thesis, 2022BibTeX | DiVA ]
[3] N. Akalin and A. Loutfi. Reinforcement Learning Approaches in Social Robotics. Sensors, 21(4), 2021BibTeX | DiVA ]
[4] N. Akalin, M. Krakovsky, O. Avioz-Sarig, A. Loutfi and Y. Edan. Robot-Assisted Training with Swedish and Israeli Older Adults. In Social Robotics : 13th International Conference, ICSR 2021, Singapore, Singapore, November 10–13, 2021, Proceedings, pages 487-496, 2021BibTeX | DiVA ]
[5] O. Korn, N. Akalin and R. Gouveia. Understanding Cultural Preferences for Social Robots : A Study in German and Arab Communities. ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, 10(2), 2021BibTeX | DiVA ]
[6] C. Gürpinar, P. Uluer, N. Akalin and H. Köse. Sign Recognition System for an Assistive Robot Sign Tutor for Children. International Journal of Social Robotics, 12(2):355-369, 2020BibTeX | DiVA ]
[7] N. Akalin, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. Do you feel safe with your robot? Factors influencing perceived safety in human-robot interaction based on subjective and objective measures. International journal of human-computer studies, 158, 2022BibTeX | DiVA ]
[8] N. Akalin, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. The Influence of Feedback Type in Robot-Assisted Training. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 3(4), 2019BibTeX | DiVA ]
[9] N. Akalin, A. Kiselev, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. Enhancing Social Human-Robot Interaction with Deep Reinforcement Learning.. In Proc. FAIM/ISCA Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Multimodal Human Robot Interaction, 2018, pages 48-50, 2018BibTeX | DiVA ]
[10] N. Akalin, A. Kiselev, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. The Relevance of Social Cues in Assistive Training with a Social Robot. In 10th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2018, Proceedings, pages 462-471, 2018BibTeX | DiVA ]
[11] N. Akalin, A. Kiselev, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. An Evaluation Tool of the Effect of Robots in Eldercare on the Sense of Safety and Security. In Social Robotics : 9th International Conference, ICSR 2017, Tsukuba, Japan, November 22-24, 2017, Proceedings, pages 628-637, 2017BibTeX | DiVA ]
[12] N. Akalin, A. Kristoffersson and A. Loutfi. Evaluating the Sense of Safety and Security in Human - Robot Interaction with Older People. In Social Robots : Technological, Societal and Ethical Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction, pages 237-264, 2019BibTeX | DiVA ]