Tamara Lorenz

Tamara Lorenz

Assoc Professor

Psychology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed)

Professional Summary

General - Tamara Lorenz is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She is jointly affiliated with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computation Science and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Tamara Lorenz received her diploma (Dipl.-Ing., equivalent to a MSc.) in Mechanical Engineering from Technische Universität München (TUM)  in 2008 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany in 2015. During her Ph.D. she was affiliated with both the General and Experimental Psychology Department at LMU and the Institute of Information-Oriented Control at TUM. For her dissertation she explored emergent coordination and adaptation during human joint action and during human interaction with robots in order to create models for safe and acceptable HRI.


MSc/Dipl.-Ing.: Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) Munich, Germany, 2008 (Mechanical Engineering)

Ph.D.: Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet (LMU) Munich, Germany, 2015 (Systemic Neurosciences)

Research and Practice Interests

Research Interests - Tamara Lorenz is interested in exploring the dynamics of human interaction and their relevance and usability for Human–Robot Interaction (HRI). Her focus areas are rehabilitation engineering and HRI in manufacturing. She is also interested in exploring human-machine interaction in general and with applications to human factors in daily life and work surroundings.

List of interest areas

  • Human Joint Action
  • Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Movement Coordination including Synchronization and Adaptation
  • Human Behavior Modeling
  • Cognition-Perception-Action Cycle
  • Embodied Cognition, Cognitive Psychology
  • Nonlinear Methods and Dynamical Systems including Dynamical Neuroscience
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

Research Support

Grant: #URS Strategic Collaborative Grants AY2017-2018 Investigators:Lorenz, Tamara 08-01-2016 -04-30-2018 UC's Research Support Development of a neurophysiologically integrated exoskeleton for sit-to-stand (STS) transition support based on multimodal action intent recognition Role:PI $100,000.00 Closed Level:Internal UC

Investigators:Cohen, Kelly; Lorenz, Tamara 01-01-2023 -12-31-2023 MME Industry 4.0/5.0 Institute AI Project 1 - P-1 Human-Centered Trustworthy Industrial AI (backdoor) /INTERNAL Role:PI 40000.00 Hold Level:UC's Internal Funds

Investigators:Lorenz, Tamara; Tang, Ming 01-01-2023 -12-31-2023 MME Industry 4.0/5.0 Institute Project 2 VR - Immersive vs. Traditional Training - a comparison of training modalities (backdoor) / Internal Role:PI 40000.00 Hold Level:UC's Internal Funds

Investigators:Anand, Sam; Cohen, Kelly; Kumar, Manish; Lorenz, Tamara 02-01-2024 -12-31-2024 MME Industry 4.0/5.0 Institute Trustworthy AI for Real-Time Tasking and Planning of Autonomous and Manual Vehicles in Industrial Environments Modeled using a Digital Twin Role:Collaborator 100000.00 Awarded Level:Industry

Courses Taught

Humans, Machines, Robots and their Interactions Level:Graduate

Capstone Human Factors Level:Undergraduate

Capstone Perception and Action Level:Undergraduate

Human Performance Level:Undergraduate