Rifca Peters

I am Rifca Peters, PhD Researcher in Child-Robot and Human-Computer Interaction at the Interactive Intelligence group of Delft University of Technology. I have a passion for conceptual modelling and I am deeply interested in all human aspects of technologies; understanding how we communicate though and with ICTs and how it should communicate with us. I believe more natural, intuitive interaction between human and machine is necessary to make technologies inclusive and supportive to human needs.

I have a long standing interest in human behaviour and a Master in Human Media Interaction, recently complemented with a master’s degree in science education. After an incomplete bachelor in applied social science I started a bachelor in Communication and Media Design, here my interest for interaction design was sparked. Succeeding I received my master’s cum laude in 2014 on perceptive turn-taking behaviour for social skill training. My current PhD research in strategic, adaptive, pedagogical interaction style for an embodied agent allows me to combine my interest for robotics, education, healthcare, psychology and interaction design.

Nao robot and cat


  • MSc 2018

    Science Education and Communication - Computer Science and Technasium

    University of Twente

  • MSc 2014

    Human Media Interaction

    University of Twente

  • B ICT 2011

    Communication and Media Design

    HAN University of Applied Sciences


  • present2021

    Lecturer IxD

    HAN University of Applied Sciences

  • present2015

    PhD Researcher

    Delft University of Technology, Interactive Intelligence

  • present2012

    Guest Lecturer

    VHTO, Digivita

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