Julie Carpenter has over 15 years of experience in human-centered design and human-AI interaction research, teaching, and writing. Her principal research is about how culture influences human behavior and perceptions of AI and robotic systems and the associated human factors such as emotional attachment, user trust, and decision-making in human-robot cooperative interactions in natural use-case environments. Dr. Carpenter earned her PhD and an MS from the University of Washington, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also currently a Research Fellow in the Ethics + Emerging Sciences group at California Polytechnic State University.
Dr. Carpenter’s first book, "Culture and human-robot interaction in militarized spaces: A war story" (Routledge, 2016) expands on her research with U.S. military Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel and their everyday interactions with field robots. Her chapter in the anthology volume "Robot sex: Social and ethical implications" (J. Danaher & N. McArthur, Eds., MIT Press) is "Deus Sex Machina: Loving Robot Sex Workers, and the allure of an insincere kiss." "Deus Sex Machina" explores models of understanding human love, affection, and sexual feelings toward robots, and some of the ethical and cultural questions that emerge from potential emotional attachment to the complex technological system of a robot.
The findings from her research have applicability across a range of human-robot and human-AI cooperative scenarios, products, and situations. She regularly updates her website with information about her current work at jgcarpenter.com.