MEGAN K. STRAIT
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Broadly, my work concerns the design, development, and deployment of agentic technologies.
In particular, toward ensuring emergent systems are good (or at least not bad) for society, I study manifestations of antisociality in human-agent and agent-mediated interactions — from aversion to aggression to animosity — to understand where things go wrong and identify what is needed to do better.
Below is a set of representative, recent publications (a complete list is available via Google Scholar):
- Children's Responding to Humanlike Agents Reflects an Uncanny Valley (HRI 2019)
- Robots Racialized in the Likeness of Marginalized Social Identities are Subject to Greater Dehumanization than those Racialized as White (ROMAN 2018)
- Both Atypical Features and Category Ambiguity Provoke Aversion toward Humanlike Robots (Frontiers in Psychology 2017)
- Online Social Commentary Reflects an Appearance-Based Uncanny Valley, a General Fear of a "Technology Takeover", and the Unabashed Sexualization of Female-Gendered Robots (ROMAN 2017)
- Exposure to Highly Humanlike Robots Elicits Aversive Responding in Observers (CHI 2015)
- Investigating the Effects of Robot Communication Strategies in Advice-Giving Situations based on Robot Appearance, Interaction Modality, and Distance (HRI 2014)