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Johan Hoorn is a researcher and developer of social robotics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He develops artificial intelligence, but also looks at the impact of robots on the user. This was recorded in a by now worldwide known documentary Alice cares, where three old women are visited by a friendly care robot, with major consequences for all concerned. For this documentary, he won with his group the Eureka Prize of the national science council (NWO/KNAW) for the best that happened that year in the Netherlands to make science accessible to the public at large. In Paris, the film won the international Prix Grand Écran for best scientific documentary.



Central themes of research are creativity and virtuality (recorded in three books) in communicative technologies such as virtual characters, emotionally intelligent systems, conversational and social robots. His work was awarded a Burgen Scholarship of the Academia Europaea for “excellent academic achievement,” and he received a Lorentz Fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to write an integrative theory of creativity. 

Ancillary activities

  • ROBOpop Foundation | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2016-05-02 - present
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Hong Kong | Full professor of Social Robotics | 2018-01-15 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2003 2019

Dating a Synthetic Character is Like Dating a Man

Hoorn, J. F., Konijn, E. A. & Pontier, M. A., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 11, 2, p. 235-253 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Do you care for robots that care? Exploring the opinions of vocational care students on the use of healthcare robots

van Kemenade, M. A. M., Hoorn, J. F. & Konijn, E. A., 21 Mar 2019, In : Robotics. 8, p. 1-12 12 p., 22.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Having an Einstein in Class. Teaching Maths with Robots is Different for Boys and Girls∗

Huang, I. S. & Hoorn, J. F., 31 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 2018 13th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 424-427 4 p. 8630584

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


From lonely to resilient through humanoid robots: building a new framework of resilience

Hoorn, J. F., 19 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Robotics. 2018, 17 p., 8232487.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Human robot interaction
Social sciences

Healthcare students' ethical considerations of care robots in the Netherlands

van Kemenade, M. A. M., Hoorn, J. F. & Konijn, E. A., Oct 2018, In : Applied Sciences (Switzerland). 8, 10, p. 1-10 10 p., 1712.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2017

  • 6 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Expert meeting
  • 1 Other

Design, Computing, Effect

Johan Hoorn (Speaker)
27 Apr 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Novel Concepts in Eldercare

Johan Hoorn (Speaker)
17 Aug 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Alice in a Wheelchair [Exhibition]

Johan Hoorn (Participant)
23 Jan 2017

Activity: Other

Robotisering, Ethiek en Wetgeving [Robotics, Ethics, and Legislation]

J.F. Hoorn (Speaker)
18 May 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

28th Annual Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC)

E.A. Konijn (Participant), J.F. Hoorn (Participant)
11 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal


KNAW/NWO Eurekaprijs voor SELEMCA-onderzoek en documentaire "Ik ben Alice"

S. Burger (Recipient), Johan Hoorn (Recipient), M.A.M. van Kemenade (Recipient), Elly Konijn (Recipient), Marloes Spekman (Recipient), R.A. Paauwe (Recipient) & W.L. Li (Recipient), 2015


Prix Grand Écran: Pariscience voor SELEMCA-onderzoek en documentaire "Ik ben Alice"

S. Burger (Recipient), Johan Hoorn (Recipient), M.A.M. van Kemenade (Recipient), Elly Konijn (Recipient), Marloes Spekman (Recipient), R.A. Paauwe (Recipient) & W.L. Li (Recipient), 2015