“Encourage children to shape the future of STEM fields”
Lara Lammer is a researcher in the fields of Human-robot-interaction (HRI) and Educational Robotics. Her research focuses on holistic concepts in user-centered design for Human-Robot Interaction, but is not limited to this field. She has led workshops for children different ages to introduce them to robotics from the product developer’s perspective. She led the science communication project “Schräge Roboter” (crazy robots) where she developed an approach to introduce classrooms to product development with a hands-on use case: robotics. She is project coordinator of the European project Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ER4STEM) that aims to turn curious young children into young adults passionate about science and technology with robotics.
Before starting her scientific career, she has worked as project manager at Siemens Transportation Systems in Graz Austria (responsible for train bogies) and as Key Account and Sales Manager at John Crane France in Paris, a subsidiary of Smiths Group (responsible of French Oil&Gas market with key accounts GE, Dresser Rand and end customers Exxon Mobile, Total, Gaz de France). She holds a master degree in Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen-Maschinenbau-Mechatronik (best translated as mechatronics engineering with business administration) from Graz University of Technology and is experienced in interdisciplinary project management, sales and marketing with multi-nationalities.