16-467: Human-Robot Interaction
MW 12:00 - 1:20pm, NSH 3002
The field of human-robot interaction (HRI) is fast becoming a significant area
of research in robotics. The basic objective is to create and investigate
interfaces that enable natural and effective modes of interaction with
robotic technologies. HRI is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together
methodologies and techniques from robotics,
artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, human factors,
interaction design, psychology, anthropology, education, drama, and other
This course is primarily lecture-based, with in-class participatory
mini-projects, group homework assignments, a group term project that
will enable students to put theory to practice using state-of-the-art
interactive robots, and a final. The topics covered will include
underlying robotic technologies, as they relate to human-robot interaction,
interaction methodologies and techniques, study design, man-machine coupling,
ethics and the singularity,
and will include discussions of application domains that feature HRI.
This course has no prerequisites, but some basic familiarity
with robots is recommended (programming knowledge is not necessary, but is
useful for the term project).
This is a lecture course. There is no textbook. There will be four
homework assignments, where you will work in small groups, plus a term
project, also in small groups, where you will do an HRI study using
an interactive robot.
There will also be a final exam. Grades will be assigned 10% for class
participation (including various "mini-projects"),
12.5% for each of the four homeworks, 20% for the term project, and
20% for the final.
January 1, 2016