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Intergroup Human-Robot Interaction (iHRI) Lab

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Intergroup Human-Robot Interaction (iHRI) Lab scholars


Back (left to right): Sean Christeson, Harrison Preusse, Bryan Castro, Danielle Langlois, Bailey Brown


Front (left to right): Cheyenne Valdespino, Julian Welsh, Marlena Fraune, Cheyenne Cano, Ariel Chen


Not pictured: Mahlet Zemedie, Michelle Cormier, Grace Igwe, Tricia Sulpizio, Kristina Herrera, Daniel Herrera, Avianna Amancio



Marlena R. Fraune, Principle Investigator


With a robot Dr. Marlena R. Fraune is an Assistant Professor of Psychology heading the Intergroup Human-Robot Interaction (iHRI) Lab at New Mexico State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Beloit College in 2013, and her PhD at Indiana University in 2018. During her time in the PhD program, she studied intergroup human-robot interaction nationally and abroad, as a visiting researcher at Toyohashi University of Technology (2014, 2016), Bielefeld University (2015), Kyoto University (2016), and the United States Air Force Research Lab (2017). Her hobbies include camping, hiking, dancing, gaming, and travel.



Ph.D. Students


Rachel Au Rachel Au earned her Bachelor and MPhil Degree in Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant and senior research assistant at Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching psychology tutorials and working on critical thinking education research. Her major research interests concern mind perception and its influences on human-robot interaction. She is also interested in emotion and morality. Her leisure hobbies include reading (mostly science and philosophy) and video games.




Masters Students


Michelle Cormier Michelle Cormier comes from a background in cognitive psychology from the University of Connecticut, followed by pursuing a second bachelor’s in computer science in the University of Victoria, BC before returning to Las Cruces for graduate studies. Her research focuses on the interaction of humans with their technology particularly the medium of those interactions. She is particularly interested in virtual and augmented reality especially where those areas involve AI and robotics. Michelle is also a huge nerd for coffee, the history/practice of animation and pen & paper RPGs. In her rare spare time she writes, runs and plays tabletop and PC games.





Michelle Rheman Michelle Rheman graduated from New Mexico State University in 2021 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. I’m passionate about Human-Robot Interactions (HRI), specifically geared towards children and how they perceive trust and closeness with robots. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, water activities, hiking, and camping. I’m also passionate about traveling and cooking and spend most of my time doing so with my husband and my Mini-Australian Shepard, Abby.




Evelyn Wilson Evelyn Wilson graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in psychology. She is interested in a variety of topics related to intergroup human robot interaction, specifically how children and seniors interact with social robots in naturalistic settings as well as how different professionals trust and utilize feedback from artificial intelligence and smart machines. She is interested in applying this research in order to create social robots that make life better. In her free time Evelyn enjoys getting outside and hanging out with her cats.




Arjab Dhakal Arjab Dhakal Arjab Dhakal graduated from Soka University of America in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis on social and behavioral sciences. His general interests lie in disruptive technology (robotics, high-speed travel, AI, 3D printing), and he is passionate about exploring how technology can be made human-friendly in order to achieve safety and efficiency. Currently, he is working on a Tesla project to investigate the intergroup trust dynamics of people in an autonomous vehicle. In his free time, Arjab likes to play video games, meditate, hike, and travel.




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Alumni


Matthew Rueben ............................
Matthew Rueben, Ph.D., Former Postdoctoral researcher at NMSU


Harrison Preusse ............................

Danielle Langlois

Harrison Preusse, M.A., Human Factors Researcher at Emergo by UL Danielle Langlois, M.A., Researcher at New Mexico State Univeristy




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