Karolina has joined the SMARTlab PhD Programme in 2011. Her social sciences background and curiosity for emerging technologies has led her to social robotics. Her PhD research explores the illusion of life in machines: to what extent and why do people perceive robots as „alive“? Karolina holds a BA in Sociology from the Sapienza University of Rome and a MA in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Warsaw. She spent several months at HITLabNZ/University of Canterbury as well as at MIRALab/University of Geneva where she studied people’s tendency to anthropomorphise machines using a human-like robot named Eva. Karolina is currently employed at the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements – PIAP in Warsaw, Poland.