AI-based Processes in Work & Life

Research Activities

 

"Humanizing" Chatbots

Many customer service chatbots are designed to look and act like humans (e.g., by giving them names and avatars). Likewise, Alexa and Siri have human-like characteristics (e.g., a female voice). Why is that? Does it influence how we interact with them?

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Replaced by a (Software) Robot?

Software robots, such robotic process automation (RPA) bots, are increasingly used to automate repetitive tasks formerly performed by human employees (e.g., copy-pasting data). But how do employees respond when their new colleague is a robot? And how does it affect employees' work practices? These are just some of the questions that we address in the MeKIDI project.

 

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Hybrid Customer Service

Chatbots are omnipresent in customer service, but too often they struggle with non-routine questions and can't solve difficult problems. Therefore, many companies use a hybrid approach where human employees can step in if the chatbot fails. This raises several questions that we explore together with our industry partners: When should a chatbot hand over to a human? How can we identify the optimal point in time from conversation data?

 

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Will Chatbots Be Our New Therapists?

There is an increasing demand for psychological help, but not everyone can or wants to talk to a human therapist. Together with our colleagues from Ulm University, we aim to answer the following questions: Can we use chatbots as virtual therapists? How do they need to be designed to be effective?

 

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Professor

Alexander Mädche  Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche

 

Team Lead

Dr. Ulrich Gnewuch  Dr. Ulrich Gnewuch

 

Doctoral Researchers

B.Sc. Macrel Ruoff  Daniel Schloß

 

B.Sc. Macrel Ruoff  Florian Kuhlmeier

 

Research Assistants

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Publications


2022
The Impact of Conversational Assistance on the Effective Use of Forecasting Support Systems: A Framed Field Experiment : Short Paper
Haug, S.; Ruoff, M.; Gnewuch, U.
2022. ICIS 2022 Proceedings. Vol.: 2, 1–9, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Understanding the impact of control levels over emotion-aware chatbots
Benke, I.; Gnewuch, U.; Maedche, A.
2022. Computers in human behavior, 129, Art.-Nr.: 107122. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2021.107122
Match or Mismatch? How Matching Personality and Gender between Voice Assistants and Users Affects Trust in Voice Commerce
Reinkemeier, F.; Gnewuch, U.
2022. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2022), 4326–4335
A Framework of Personality Cues for Conversational Agents
Ahmad, R.; Siemon, D.; Gnewuch, U.; Robra-Bissantz, S.
2022. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 3-7, 2022. Ed.: T. Bui, 4286–4295
Can Humanizing Voice Assistants Unleash the Potential of Voice Commerce?
Reinkemeier, F.; Gnewuch, U.; Toporowski, W.
2022. Proceedings of the 43rd International Conference on Information Systems
BotOrNot: A Platform for Conducting Experiments with Undisclosed Chat Agents
Hanschmann, L.; Gnewuch, U.; Mädche, A.
2022. Mensch und Computer 2022 - Tagungsband. Ed.: B. Pfleging, 495–500, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi:10.1145/3543758.3547517
Multiexperience
Gnewuch, U.; Ruoff, M.; Peukert, C.; Maedche, A.
2022. Business & Information Systems Engineering. doi:10.1007/s12599-022-00766-8
Opposing Effects of Response Time in Human–Chatbot Interaction: The Moderating Role of Prior Experience
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Adam, M. T. P.; Maedche, A.
2022. Business & Information Systems Engineering. doi:10.1007/s12599-022-00755-x
A Personalized Conversational Agent to Treat Depression in Youth and Young Adults – A Transdisciplinary Design Science Research Project
Kuhlmeier, F. O.; Gnewuch, U.; Lüttke, S.; Brakemeier, E.-L.; Mädche, A.
2022. The Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research – 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022, St Petersburg, FL, USA, June 1–3, 2022, Proceedings. Ed.: A. Drechsler, 30–41, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-06516-3_3
Toward a Method for Reviewing Software Artifacts from Practice
Gnewuch, U.; Mädche, A.
2022. The Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research – 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022, St Petersburg, FL, USA, June 1–3, 2022, Proceedings. Ed.: A. Drechsler, 337–350, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-06516-3_25
Designing Effective Conversational Repair Strategies for Chatbots
Reinkemeier, F.; Gnewuch, U.
2022. Proceedings of the 30th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2022)
Designing Personality-Adaptive Conversational Agents for Mental Health Care
Ahmad, R.; Siemon, D.; Gnewuch, U.; Robra-Bissantz, S.
2022. Information Systems Frontiers, 24, 923–943. doi:10.1007/s10796-022-10254-9
2021
Understanding Employee Responses to Software Robots: A Systematic Literature Review
Seiffer, A.; Gnewuch, U.; Mädche, A.
2021. ICIS 2021 Proceedings, Austin, TX, Dec. 12-15, 2021, Paper No. 1358, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Designing Conversational Dashboards for Effective Use in Crisis Response
Ruoff, M.; Gnewuch, U.
2021. ECIS 2021 Proceedings - European Conference on Information Systems. Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World, Article no: 1698, Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Designing Multimodal BI&A Systems for Co-Located Team Interactions
Ruoff, M.; Gnewuch, U.
2021. ECIS 2021 Proceedings - European Conference on Information Systems. Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World, Article no: 1610, Association for Information Systems (AIS)
The Benefits and Caveats of Personality-Adaptive Conversational Agents in Mental Health Care
Ahmad, R.; Siemon, D.; Gnewuch, U.; Robra-Bissantz, S.
2021. Proceedings of the 27th Americas Conference on Information Systems - Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Virtual Conference, August 9-13, 2021 (AMCIS 2021), AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
2020
Designing Multimodal BI&A Systems for Face-to-Face Team Interactions
Ruoff, M.; Gnewuch, U.; Alexander Maedche
2020. HCI/MIS Workshop 2020 – The 19th Annual Pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research in MIS, December 12, 2020, (One-Day Online Workshop), AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
The Effect of Anthropomorphism on Investment Decision-Making with Robo-Advisor Chatbots
Morana, S.; Gnewuch, U.; Jung, D.; Granig, C.
2020. Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020), AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
The Effect of Perceived Similarity in Dominance on Customer Self-Disclosure to Chatbots in Conversational Commerce
Gnewuch, U.; Yu, M.; Maedche, A.
2020. Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020), AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
2019
A Taxonomy of Social Cues for Conversational Agents
Feine, J.; Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Maedche, A.
2019. International journal of human - computer studies, 132, 138–161. doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2019.07.009
The Impact of Chatbot Response Time on Human-Chatbot Interaction: Novice versus Experienced Users [in press]
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Adam, M. T. P.; Maedche, A.
2019. JAIS Theory Development Workshop
Gender Bias in Chatbot Design
Feine, J.; Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Maedche, A.
2019. Chatbot Research and Design: Third International Workshop, CONVERSATIONS 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 19-20, 2019, Revised Selected Papers. Ed.: A. Følstad, 79–93, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-39540-7_6
Designing and Implementing a B2B Chatbot: Insights from a Medium-Sized Service Provider in the Energy Industry
Gnewuch, U.; Heckmann, C.; Morana, S.; Maedche, A.
2019. Human practice, digital ecologies, our future : 14. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2019), Siegen, 23.02. - 27.02.2019. Ed.: L. Thomas, Universität Siegen
Measuring Service Encounter Satisfaction with Customer Service Chatbots using Sentiment Analysis
Feine, J.; Morana, S.; Gnewuch, U.
2019. 14. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI2019), 1115–1129
2018
“The Chatbot is typing …” – The Role of Typing Indicators in Human-Chatbot Interaction
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Adam, M. T. P.; Maedche, A.
2018. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research in MIS, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 13th , 2018
Faster Is Not Always Better: Understanding the Effect of Dynamic Response Delays in Human-Chatbot Interaction
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Adam, M. T. P.; Maedche, A.
2018. 26th European Conference on Information Systems: Beyond Digitization - Facets of Socio-Technical Change, ECIS 2018, Portsmouth, UK, June 23-28, 2018. Ed.: U. Frank, Code 143975
Designing Conversational Agents for Energy Feedback
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Heckmann, C.; Maedche, A.
2018. Designing for a Digital and Globalized World: 13th International Conference, Proceedings, DESRIST 2018, Chennai, India, June 3-6, 2018. Ed.: S. Chatterjee, 18–33, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91800-6_2
2017
Towards Designing Cooperative and Social Conversational Agents for Customer Service
Gnewuch, U.; Morana, S.; Maedche, A.
2017. Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Seoul, ROK, December 10-13, 2017. Research-in-Progress Papers., AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Interaktion mit smarten Systemen : Aktueller Stand und zukünftige Entwicklungen im Bereich der Nutzerassistenz
Morana, S.; Friemel, C.; Gnewuch, U.; Maedche, A.; Pfeiffer, J.
2017. Wirtschaftsinformatik & Management, 9 (5), 42–51. doi:10.1007/s35764-017-0101-7