Steffi Paepcke

Steffi Paepcke is a Senior User Experience Designer at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). She earned a BA in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Steffi has held user experience design and human-robot interaction researcher positions in leading industry and academic organizations, including Willow Garage and the Open Source Robotics Foundation (now Open Robotics), which she co-founded. In 2016, she joined TRI where she’s responsible for UX research and design support for all of TRI’s robotics teams. To advance TRI’s mission of developing robots to help improve the quality of life for an aging population, Steffi conducts research identifying the needs of this population and translates those needs into solutions and engineering requirements. Additionally, she designs and tests robot user interfaces, advocating for the user’s experience throughout the development process. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping, conscious dance, sewing, and attempting to better train her willful and irresistibly cute dog.



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