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4 Credits
Spring term, even years
Lecture and discussion

Cindy Grimm
311 Graf Hall

Course Description

This course focuses on the emerging field of human-robot interaction (HRI), bringing together research and application of methodology from robotics, human factors, human-computer interaction, interaction design, cognitive psychology, education and other fields to enable robots to have more natural and more rewarding interactions with humans throughout their spheres of functioning. Each lecture session will consist of presentation of state-of-art readings followed by focused team exercises applying those readings to small-scale problems. Students will be expected to analyze the readings, contribute to discussions, and formulate solutions to small-scale HRI problems. Students will also work together as a team on a larger project which addresses a more complex HRI scenario.


  • Social robotics
  • Multi-modal human-robot communications
  • Human-robot interaction architectures
  • Sensors and perception for HRI
  • Museum and educational robots
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Quality of life technologies

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Articulate the challenges in creating and evaluating HRI techniques
  2. Create small-scale HRI designs by applying appropriate techniques from the field
  3. Read and assess technical papers in HRI
  4. Produce an HRI interface design and/or study that addresses a complex challenge