Professor Mateja Kovacic is the Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and Research Fellow at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford. Her research on social robots and AI, with particular focus on robots and automated systems in urban and social spaces. It includes the whole range of non-industrial robot experimenting, from autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, healthcare robots, to social and service robots. She is currently working on three projects: the politics of humanoid robots in Japan, the urban living labs for robot experiments with focus on Dubai, Singapore, California and Japan, and medical delivery drones in sub-Saharan Africa. She uses hermeneutics and semiotics of technology to address both social robots and their sociocultural backgrounds.
Kovacic is broadly specialised in history, anthropology and philosophy of technology and science, with focus on Japan. Kovacic’s current projects include history of science, technology and popular culture in Japan, biopolitics of traditional Japanese craftship, global catastrophic risks, and material and visual culture as links between consumerism, natural history, and ecology.