Tamara Lorenz

Tamara Lorenz

Tamara Lorenz, PhD


Tamara Lorenz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She is jointly affiliated with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computation Science and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Tamara Lorenz received her diploma (Dipl.-Ing., equivalent to a MSc.) in Mechanical Engineering from Technische Universität München (TUM)  in 2008 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany in 2015. Tamara Lorenz has worked for BMW helping evaluate the usability of innovative systems for driving assistance. She has also done freelance work with ergonomics and usability engineering for Ergoneers GmbH. In addition to her technical work experience Lorenz has also taught at TUM and LMU in Germany, and the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. During her Ph.D. she was affiliated with both the General and Experimental Psychology Department at LMU and the Institute of Information-Oriented Control at TUM. For her dissertation she explored emergent coordination and adaptation during human joint action and during human interaction with robots in order to create models for safe and acceptable HRI.

Tamara Lorenz' research focuses on exploring the dynamics of human interaction and their relevance and usability for Human–Robot Interaction (HRI). Her areas of interest for applications are rehabilitation engineering and HRI in manufacturing. She is also interested in exploring human-machine interaction in general, with applications to human factors and ergonomics in daily life and work surroundings.


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Areas of Expertise:

  • Human Joint Action
  • Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Movement Coordination including Synchronization and Adaptation
  • Human Behavior Modeling
  • Cognition-Perception-Action Cycle
  • Embodied Cognition, Cognitive Psychology
  • Nonlinear Methods and Dynamical Systems including Dynamical Neuroscience
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

Professional Experience

Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
Supervisor, Institute for Information-Oriented Control
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany
Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN)
2011 & 2012
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany
Supervisor, Research Project Master Program Neurocognitive Psychology (NCP)
2011 & 2012
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany
Research Seminar “Joint Action” General and Experimental Psychology
Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico and Sportkreativwerkstatt, Munich, Germany
Teaching Assistant, Systematic Innovation



  • 2013 Event Sponsoring for HRI Pioneers Workshop 
    • Travel support for eight European participants, awarded by the EUCogIII network http://www.eucognition.org
  • 2010 Equal Chances for Women in Research and Teaching
    • Scholarship for 12 months awarded by TUM Diversity and Gender Management

Selected Journal Publications

  1. A. Mörtl, T. Lorenz, S. Hirche, “Rhythm Patterns Interaction - Synchronization Behavior for Human-Robot Joint Action”, in PlosOne, vol. 9 (4), 2014, pp. e95195
  2. A. Mörtl, T. Lorenz, B. Vlaskamp, A. Gusrialdi, A. Schubö, S. Hirche “Modeling inter-human movement coordination: synchronization governs joint task dynamics”, in Biological Cybernetics , vol. 106 ( no. 4), 2012, pp. 241-259
  3. T. Lorenz, B. Vlaskamp, A. Kasparbauer, A. Mörtl, S. Hirche “Dyadic movement synchronization while performing incongruent trajectories requires mutual adaptation”, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2014, 8:461, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00461

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  1. T. Lorenz, S. Hirche, “Movement coordination in repetitive joint action tasks: Considerations on human-human and human-robot interaction”, in 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RoMan), Edinburgh, Scotland, 2014
  2. K. Leibrandt, T. Lorenz, T. Nierhoff, S. Hirche, “Modelling Human Gameplay at Pool and Countering it with an Anthropomorphic Robot”, in 5th International Conference on Social Robotics, Bristol, UK, 2013
  3. T. Lorenz, A. Mörtl, S. Hirche, “Movement Synchronization Fails during Non-Adaptive Human-Robot Interaction”, in 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Tokyo, Japan, 2013
  4. P. Basili, M. Huber, O. Kourakos, T. Lorenz, T. Brandt, S. Hirche, “Inferring the goal of an approaching agent: a human-robot study”, in 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RoMan), Paris, France, 2012
  5. C. Lichtenthäler, T. Lorenz, A. Kirsch, “Influence of Legibility on Perceived Safety in a Virtual Human-Robot Path Crossing Task”, in 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), Paris, France, 2012
  6. C. Lichtenthäler, T. Lorenz, M. Karg, A. Kirsch, “Increasing Perceived Value between Human and Robots – Measuring Legibility in Human Aware Navigation”, in IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO). Munich, Germany, 2012
  7. S. Norouzzadeh, T. Lorenz, S. Hirche, “Towards Safe Physical Human-Robot Interaction: an Online Optimal Control Scheme”, in 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), Paris, France, 2012
  8. J.R. Medina Hernández, T. Lorenz, D. Lee, S. Hirche, “Disagreement-Aware Physical Assistance Through Risk-Sensitive Optimal Feedback Control”, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Vilamoura, Portugal, 2012
  9. T. Lorenz, A. Mörtl, B. Vlaskamp, A. Schubö, S. Hirche “Synchronization in a goal-directed task: human behavior and applications for human-robot interaction”, in 20st IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2011
  10. C. Lichtenthäler, T. Lorenz, A. Kirsch “Towards a Legibility Metric: How to Measure the Perceived Value of a Robot”, Work-In-Progress Paper for the 3rd International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011
  11. T. Lorenz, A. Schubö, “Increased effort affects performance in a joint pick-and-place task”, in 19th IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), Viareggio, Italy, 2010