Denise Hebesberger

PhD researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biology

Location: Cambridge

denise.hebesberger@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

Thesis title

Benefits of social bonds in horses. Social bonding behaviour and its underlying physiological mechanisms.

Supervisory team

Dr Claudia Wascher
Dr Jacob Dunn
Dr Dawn Hawkins

Research group

Denise is a member of our Behavioural Ecology Research Group.

Summary of research

Horses form close bonds or friendships. Bonded horses like to stay close to each other and engage in mutual grooming. But what other aspects are there to these bonds? In what situations do horses rely on their bonding partners? What role does a bonding partner play in the overall dynamics of the herd? And how does the social environment impact the horses’ physiology?

To answer these questions, I am collecting data on a behavioural and physiological level in a combination of observations and experiments. Linking behaviour with physiology can help to increase the understanding of benefits horses can draw from forming friendships. Furthermore, probable implications for the horses’ health and welfare can be gained.

Selected recent publications

Journal papers

Hebesberger D., Beetz A., Winkler N., Julius H., Unväs-Moberg K. & Kotrschal K., 2018. Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Horse-assisted Therapy for Mother-Child Pairs with Insecure Attachment. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin. (accepted)

Hebesberger D., Koertner T., Gisinger Ch. & Pripfl J., 2017. A long-term autonomous robot at a care hospital: A mixed methods study on acceptance and user experience. International Journal of Social Robotics, pp.417-29.

Hawes, N., Burbridge, Ch., Jovan, F., Kunze, L., Mudrova, L., Young, J., Wyatt, J., Hebesberger, D., Kortner, T., Ambrus, R., Bore, N., Folkesson, J., Jensfelt, P., Beyer, L., Hermans, A., Leibe, B., Aldoma, A., Faulhammer, T., Zillich, M., Vincze, M., Chinellato, E., Al-Omari, M., Duckworth, P., Gatsoulis, Y., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G., Dondrup, Ch., Fentanes, J.P., Krajnik, T., Santos, J.M., Duckett, T. & Hanheide, M., 2017. The STRANDS Project: Long-Term Autonomy in Everyday Environments. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 24(3), pp.146-56.

Gerling K.*, Hebesberger D.*, Dondurp Ch., Körtner T. & Hanheide M., 2016. Robot deployment in long-term care. Case study of a mobile robot to support physiotherapy. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 49(4), pp.288-97. *equal contributions

Pripfl J., Körtner T., Batko-Klein D., Hebesberger D., Weninger M. & Gisinger Ch., 2016. Social service robots to support independent living: Experiences from a field trial. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 49(4), pp.282-87.

Conference papers

Hanheide M., Hebesberger D. & Krajnik T., 2016. The When; Where; and How: An Adaptive Robotic Info-Terminal for Care Home Residents – A long-term Study. HRI 2017, ACE/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. *Nominated for Best Paper Award, HRI 2017.

Hebesberger D., Hanheide M., Koertner T., Gisinger Ch. & Hawes N., 2016. Houston, we have a Problem! Challenges of Studying Robots in Real-World Trials. RO-MAN 2016, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

Koertner T., Hebesberger D. & Gisinger Ch., 2016. The Ethics of Deploying a Robot – Examples from a Mobile Service Robot. RO-MAN 2016, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

Hebesberger D., Dondrup C., Koertner T., Gisinger Ch. & Pripfl J., 2015. Lessons learned from the deployment of a long-term autonomous robot as companion in physical therapy for older adults with dementia. A Mixed Methods Study. HRI 2016, ACE/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. *Best Paper Award, HRI 2016.

Hebesberger D., Dondrup C., Gisinger Ch. & Hanheide M., 2017. Patterns of Use: How Older Adults with Progressed Dementia Interact with a Robot. Late Breaking Report HRI 2017, ACE/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

Pripfl J., Körtner T., Batko-Klein D., Hebesberger D., Weninger M., Gisinger Ch., Frennert S., Eftring H., Antona M., Adami I., Weiss A., Bajones M. & Vincze M., 2016. Results of a Real World Trial with a Mobile Social Service Robot for Older Adults. Late Breaking Report HRI 2016, International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

Hebesberger D., Koertner T., Hanheide M., Pripfl J. & Gisinger Ch., 2015. What do staff in eldercare want a robot for? An assessment of potential tasks and user requirements for a long-term deployment. IROS 2015, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

Hebesberger D., Beetz, A. & Kotrschal K., 2014. Behavioural and Physiological Effects of Horse-assisted Therapy for Mother-Child Pairs with Insecure Attachment. ISAZ 2014, International Society for Anthrozoology – Animals and Humans together: Integration in Society.

Recent presentations and conferences

HRI 2017, International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria (poster).

HRI 2016, International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Christchurch, New Zealand (talk and poster).

IROS 2015, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Hamburg, Germany (talk).

ISAZ 2014, International Society for Anthrozoology – Animals and Humans together: Integration in Society, Vienna, Austria (talk).