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Meet Dominika Lisy: A feminist perspective on robotics

Published: October 6, 2020

Dominika Lisy, PhD student at Linköping University, is one of the participants in the WASP-HS graduate school. In this blog post she gives a view of her expectations now starting her PhD studies.

Dominika Lisy on being a PhD student in AI:

“Passionate about advancing the field of robotics from a feminist perspective.”

I am an ambitious scholar with diverse research experiences and an eagerness to connect knowledges across fields. I am passionate about advancing the field of robotics from a feminist perspective with a focus on binary conceptualisations. My enthusiasm for experimental psychology, competence in scientific methodology, and literacy in feminist philosophy makes me empathic to the different ways of thinking and doing between fields and with this I aim to be a valuable resource in interdisciplinary projects.

What are your expectations on your new PhD position?

Working interdisciplinarily is one of the key aspects about this position that I feel most excited about. I strongly believe that interdisciplinary research is needed to improve academic practices and advance ethical research that is sensitive to today’s conceptual and material complexities.

I also want to grow personally, through my project and with the people involved in it, and learn as much as I can from the researchers and intellectuals at the Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA) at Linköping University. Their ambition to bring together a variety of scholars with different research backgrounds to find answers to contemporary questions and challenges, resonate with my own ideals and inspire me to develop innovative solutions.

In developing my research plan within the project framework “The ethics and social consequences of AI and caring robots. Learning trust, empathy, and accountability”, which is supervised by Katherine Harrison and Ericka Johnson, I kept these expectations in mind. I hope that the passion and curiosity I have for this project will result in new knowledge and useful implications for the field of robotics.

What is your motivation for pursuing a PhD?

Very early on in my education, I felt that I wanted to stay in academia, do research, teach, and continue gaining knowledge. Besides my personal fascination with my research, I ultimately want to help shaping the future of our society. For me personally, becoming a scholar means producing knowledge, gaining knowledge, and sharing knowledge. Being involved in all three of these aspects adds a lot of variety to the working life and it is a great way to contribute to society.

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