Robots are gradually entering our society, but there is much we don’t know about the interaction between humans and robots. What are the needs and expectations of humans, and which role do these play in such interactions? How do robot behaviours affect humans in an interaction? How can we design robots and their behaviours to allow for effective interaction with humans? What role do the capacities and limitations of hardware and software play in all this? In this course, we will cover the design of human-robot interaction studies that investigate these and similar questions. As HRI research is highly multidisciplinary, we will be drawing knowledge from disciplines such as psychology, engineering, computer science, design, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence.|
After following this course, you will develop skills in the pillars of Research (45%), Context (45%) and Design (10%):
- You will be able to plan a research study in the field of human-robot interaction that is both relevant and feasible. Here, relevance refers to a proper embedding of the research question in relation to other work within the field (learning goal 1), whereas feasible refers to the appropriate selection and implementation of techniques for answering that research question (learning goal 2);
- You can appropriately consider some techniques that are commonly used in human-robot interaction research and understanding the context of users, including: writing well-formed questionnaires, structuring interviews, prototyping and designing robot behaviours, and applying social signal processing (learning goal 3);
- You will be aware of recent advances and challenges in the field of human-robot interaction research, including advances related to the design of robot behavior (learning goal 4);
- You can argue for and reflect on the relevance and feasibility of a study in the field of HRI in an oral and written manner (learning goal 5).
This course aims to introduce human-robot interaction (HRI) research, as it is pursued in the HMI group at the University of Twente. It will further cover the challenges and requirements connected to HRI research, enabling students to propose their own study designs and to reflect on others’ study designs taking the previous aspects into account. The main result of this course will be a research proposal written by the student. Though carrying out the proposal is not part of the course, the student can choose to do so in, for example, a subsequent capita selecta (5ECTS, course code 192166200) or an Advanced Research project in HRI (course code 201600086).|
The course will provide an overview of important social and technical research challenges in HRI, as well as commonly used methods and techniques. Researchers in HRI will give guest lectures/workshops and show how these methods and techniques are applied in their own work. Students are expected to read the relevant literature and to demonstrate their understanding through small graded assignments. Parallel to all this, students will work on their own research proposal for a relevant and feasible study in the field of HRI.
The final grade will be determined based on the study proposal (50%), the presentation of the proposal (20%), the graded assignments (20%), and good citizenship (10%).
Assumed previous knowledge
|At the beginning of the course the student is expected to:|
• Be able to design and/or set up a (small) study
•Be capable of independently finding relevant literature
Note that prior experience with HRI (research) is not a prerequisite for the course.
Recommended materials-Instructional modes
|Self study with assistance|