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Associate Professor of Communication, Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Frauke Zeller is Associate Professor at the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University, Canada. She received her PhD (Dr. phil.) from Kassel University, Germany, in 2005 in English Linguistics and Computational Philology. Her thesis (published book) focused on Human-Robot-Interaction from a linguistic perspective. From 2005 to 2001, she was a researcher and lecturer at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, working in the Institute of Media and Communication Studies. Frauke finished her Habilitation (highest academic degree in Germany) in 2011, working on methods to analyze online communities.

Frauke Zeller was awarded with a range of major research grants, among them a Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013), which is one of Europe’s most distinguished individual research grants. It enabled her to conduct research on Big Data and multimodal communication analyses tools.

Before Frauke came to Ryerson, she was at the renowned Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (Great Britain). She is also involved in several international research projects, notably as a chair in the EU COST Action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”.

Dr. Zeller’s research interests include Human-Machine Interaction/Human-Robot Interaction, AI, Ethics, digital communication, and method development for digital research analyses. She is currently the director of The Creative School Catalyst ( and the Centre for Communicating Knowledge (


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Communication, Ryerson