Press Coverage

Various newspapers and magazines have reported my work. The articles may be available online. In addition, some authors mention my work in their books.

Featured Interviews


COVERAGE of Bartneck, C., Ser, Q. M., Moltchanova, E., Smithies, J., & Harrington, E. (2016). Have LEGO Products Become More Violent?. PLOS ONE11(5), e0155401.

*with the Swiss Telegraphic Agency (sda-ats) // **with the Austrian Press Agency (APA)




COVERAGE of Bartneck, C., Obaid, M., & Zawieska, K. (2013). Agents with faces – What can we learn from LEGO Minfigures. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, Sapporo, Japan, III-2-1.





  • De kopiën komen, Quest, November 2009, pp. 22-27
  • Fantasy LEGO Mindstorms Sensors Made Real, Wired, June 24, 2009
  • Pictoplasma : Prepare for Pictopia! Character Design & Animation Festival in Berlin, GoSee, March 10th, 2009
  • Treffen der Figuren, Page, February 2009, p. 8



  • Kill the sweet robot?, Improbable Research News, September 22nd, 2007
  • Remke Klapwijk and Victor van Rij (2007) Robotica: welke kansen bieden robots en intelligente apparaten in R.J. Veld & J.H.v.d. Veen (Eds) Ijsberenplaag op de Veluwe, COS, Den Haag, pp 59-90
  • Another uncanny valley, New Scientist, March 26, 2007, Technology Blog


  • Gedreven door nieuwsgierigheid, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, May 2006, pp. 190-197
  • eMuu featured in the national Dutch TV news “Niewslicht” on March 10th, 2006 | Download (MPEG4, 92MB)
  • De Robots Komen, Peper, March 23rd, 2006, pp. 14-15
  • The Art of Building a Robot to Love, New York Times, March 5th, 2006, pp. 16
  • Hoe?Zo! Television appearance of eMuu, broadcasted on January 31st, 2006, Nederland 1 | Download (MPEG4, 48MB)



  • Poppetje geeft de chatter een gezicht. Volkskrant, June 26th 2004, pp. M3
  • Pratend poppetje moet chatter gezicht geven, Eindhoven Dagblad, June 22nd 2004, pp. 5
  • Industrial Design onderzoekt sociale context van avatars, June 2004, Cursor 36, Eindhoven
  • Moderne Ingeniurs denken synthetisch, Eindhoven Dagblat, March 24th, 2004, pp. 28



  • Robot zonder pokerface, Natuurwetenschap & Techniek, Nr. 12, December 2002, pp.72
  • Filosofische Robotgesprekken, Groovy, Nr.15, November 2002, pp. 99
  • Machines met gevoel (05/2002), Eindhoven Dagblad, May 5th, 2002, pp. 25


  • Conferentie UI2001: Design for experience, Nat.Lab. Journal, 12(22), pp. 1, November 2001
  • Een robot voor elk (10/2001), Leeuwarder Courant, October 20th, 2001, pp. 11
  • Eerste uitzending internetradio vanaf Virus, Virus Cursor 33, May 2001, Eindhoven
  • DJs wanted for TU/e Radio Station, Cursor 33, May 2001, Eindhoven


  • Marvin the Remote Control Lego Robot, Net.Congestion – International Festival of Streaming Media, October 2000, Amsterdam
  • Gladiatorengevecht met gekraakte legostenen, Cursor 37, June 2000, Eindhoven
  • Goudvissen houden via internet, Cursor 30, April 2000, Eindhoven

Short Biographie

Dr. Christoph Bartneck is an associate professor and director of postgraduate studies at the HIT Lab NZ of the University of Canterbury. He has a background in Industrial Design and Human-Computer Interaction, and his projects and studies have been published in leading journals, newspapers, and conferences. His interests lie in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies, and Visual Design. More specifically, he focuses on the effect of anthropomorphism on human-robot interaction. As a secondary research interest he works on bibliometric analyses, agent based social simulations, and the critical review on scientific processes and policies. In the field of Design Christoph investigates the history of product design, tessellations and photography.

He has worked for several international organizations including the Technology Centre of Hannover (Germany), LEGO (Denmark), Eagle River Interactive (USA), Philips Research (Netherlands), ATR (Japan), and The Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Christoph is an associate editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, the International Journal of Human Computer Studies and Entertainment Computing Journal. Christoph is a member of the New Zealand Institute for Language Brain & Behavior, ACM SIGCHI, The New Zealand Association of Scientists and Academic Freedom Aotearoa.

The press regularly reports on his work, including the New Scientist, Scientific American, Popular Science, Wired, New York Times, The Times, BBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Economist.


The following picture of Christoph Bartneck may be used after acquiring my written consent.

Christoph Bartneck