Theses at iTec

 

iTec supervises theses on various scientific topics of the chair. Students of the bachelor or master program in Psychology, the bachelor program Social Sciences as well as the master program Computational Social Systems can write a thesis with Professor Rosenthal-von der Pütten as first examiner. For students from other subjects, each case has to be considered individually.

Theses can generally be written in German or English. You can find out which regulation applies to you in your respective examination regulations.

If theses in current projects are available, you can find topics in the table below. In addition to these topics or if no topics are available, you can also suggest your own topics if they are within the research focus of iTec. Your idea should include an empirical study; theoretical approaches are only possible in exceptional cases.


Process for topics proposed by iTec:

(1) As a first step, you should check whether you meet all study specific requirements to start your thesis. If this is the case, you should and state your interest in writing your thesis at iTec. If you are interested in a topic proposed by us, please indicate the desired topic, your course of study and the period of time in which you would like to write your thesis.

(2) In the next step, you will be put in contact with a potential supervisor. After a first meeting, you will have to hand in a full proposal for your thesis. Your supervisor will provide you with more detailed information on that.

(3) As soon as your proposal is approved by your supervisor, you can register your thesis. For that, you will fill in the registration form* together with your supervisor and send it back to the Central Examination Board.

(4) Now your thesis is registered, and you have 6 month (for a Master Thesis) to complete it.

Process for topics proposed by yourself:

(1) As a first step, you should check whether you meet all your study specific requirements to start your thesis. If this is the case, you should and state your interest in writing your thesis at iTec. If you would like to propose your own topic, please include a brief description of your idea and explain how it relates to our research focus so that we can assess whether or not it fits our scope (just a few sentences).


​(2) If your topic fits the scope of iTec, you will be put in contact with a potential supervisor. To get a better idea of your project, you will have to prepare a 2-page proposal outlining:

  • the main research question
  • the theoretical basis of your research question
  • how you aim to answer/ explore the research question (experimental approach/ study idea)

In a first meeting, you will refine your idea together with your supervisor. After that, you will have to prepare a full proposal for your thesis. Your supervisor will provide you with more detailed information on that.

(3) As soon as your proposal is approved by your supervisor, you can register your thesis. For that, you will fill in the registration form* together with your supervisor and send it back to the Central Examination Board.

(4) Now your thesis is registered, and you have 6 months (for a Master Thesis) to complete it.

*To register your thesis, you have to contact the Central Examination Board. The Central Examination Board will then check whether you meet the requirements, for example the necessary CP, in order to be able to register the thesis, and then hands you a registration form. You can already do this while writing your proposal or even before that.

 

Proposed Thesis Topics

Topic of the thesis Supervisor
Currently no theses planned, please propose your own topic X

 

Completed Thesis

Topic of the Thesis Supervisor
The Influence of a Robot’s Reaction to Abuse on the Human’s Affect and Empathy for the Robot Anna M. H. Abrams
Interview Study on Robots in Healthcare Anna M. H. Abrams
Are You Talking About Me? An Empirical Study on the Effects of Transparency in Robot-Robot Communication on Humans’ Perceptions of Trust and Social Attributes of Robots Nikolai Bock
Robot Abuse and Robot Bullying – Where Does One Begin and the Other End? Anna M. H. Abrams