Email Address: TREUSCHP@tcd.ie
Dr Pat Treusch is a Human+ programme fellow from the Arts and Humanities Research Strand and an Associate Researcher at the ADAPT Centre. Her work focuses on human-machine relations from a feminist, humanistic perspective. Together with her two mentors, Prof Dr Jennifer Edmond (The Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities) and Prof Dr Conor McGinn (Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering), she is exploring, probing and re-drawing the relation between humans and machines anew — beyond relations of imitating ‘the human’.
Pat’s work draws from her previous interdisciplinary research, especially from her latest project on “Robotic Knitting” (transcript 2021), in which she realised collaborative hand knitting between humans and a cobot (collaborative robot) in order to tweak established imaginations and practices of interaction at the human-cobot interface. In her project in the Human+ programme, she continues to realise interdisciplinary fieldwork that situates her — as a feminist humanities scholar — within contemporary sites of AI technology development as sites of integrative, collaborative work across disciplinary boundaries.
While AI provides an increasing number of digital technologies that are supposed to move into every household in the global north, Pat is interested in the ways in which the humanlike paradigm is causing a mismatch between humans and technologies which embody unreflected stereotypes, bias and inequalities.
Pat holds a binational PhD (TU Berlin/Linköping University) and has worked and lived in Berlin for over a decade.