16-467: Human-Robot Interaction
MW 1:30-2:50pm, Hamburg 1002
Spring 2015

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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 fields.

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).

Course Information
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, 2015