16867 and 16899D: Principles of Human-Robot Interaction
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Illah R. Nourbakhsh
Mitch Kosowski | mitchkosowski at gmail dot com

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This course focuses on the field of human-robot interaction, 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. This course is a combination of state-of-art reading and discussions, focused team exercises and problem-solving sessions in human-robot interaction, and a special team project resulting in the implementation of a human-robot interaction system for specific applications.

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Prerequisites: This is a graduate course intended for those considering serious research in human-robot interaction, with a special emphasis on robotic systems and technologies appropriate for such interaction systems. The course project will involve significant programming, and thus a solid mastery of computer programming languages is a prerequisite for this course as well as a solid understanding of research methodologies.

Text: There is no text for this course, although a number of textbook sections and many articles will be assigned and read as part of this course.

Method of Evaluation: This course will be evaluated based on reading evaluations, course participation, group problem-solving challenges, and group final projects.

Topics to be Covered: Due to the fact that this is a new course, this is only a partial list of topics:

  • Social Robotics
  • Multi-modal human-robot communication
  • Human-robot interaction architectures
  • Sensors and perception for hri
  • Museum robotics
  • Educational robotics
  • Urban Search and Rescue: an hri focus example
  • Quality of Life Technologies: an hri focus example
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    Class location is NSH 3002 Times and days are Mondays and Wednesdays 12.00 noon - 1.20 PM

    Reading Questions:
    Questions on Burke
    Questions on Barnlund
    Questions on Dourish
    Questions on Goodrich Schultz
    Questions on Leyzberg
    Questions on Lazewatsky and Smart
    Questions on DiSalvo et al.
    Questions on Kahn et al.
    Questions on Steinfeld
    Questions on Kiesler
    Questions on Forlizzi, DiSalvo
    Questions on Sheridan
    Questions on Robotic Autonomy Summer Course (RASC)
    Questions on Groom and Nass
    Questions on Borenstein and Pearson
    Questions on Beer
    Questions on Tsui and Atherton
    Questions on Sparrow and on Mutlu and Mumm
    Questions on Turkle(no questions to answer for Sawyer)
    Questions on Calo

    Readings that can be downloaded:
    Burke Intro
    Burke Chapter selection
    Dourish pp. 1-23
    Dourish pp. 40-53
    Dourish pp. 99-126
    Fong et al Survey of Socially Interactive Robots (optional)
    Kiesler-common ground
    Steinfeld, interface lessons
    Forlizzi, Assistive Robotics
    Groom,Nass, Robot Teammates
    Design Patterns for HRI (Kahn et al.)
    Robotic Autonomy Summer Course
    Ethnography as Invisible Work
    Sheridan Ch 1
    Sheridan Ch 3
    Sheridan Ch 9
    Mobot summary paper (Nourbakhsh et al.)
    Roboceptionist (Gockley, Simmons, et al.)
    Personal Exploration Rover
    Borenstein, caregivers
    Mumm and Mutlu
    Sawyer, robot ethics
    Calo, Robot Privacy
    Authenticity in the age of digital companions / Sherry Turkle

    Class Slides that can be downloaded

    Common Ground
    Forlizzi Sheridan
    Groom Nass
    Atherton Tsui

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