880079 :Human-Robot Interaction (CSAI/HAIT)

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction 7 x 2 hours lectures and 7x2 hours seminars, and 4 hours online contact hours (See: Specifics) (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Group presentation, group paper and take home exam (No data available yet)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. P.A. Vogt (coordinator)


After this course, the student is familiar with the key concepts relating to human-robot interaction, and is capable of designing, implementing and evaluating a limited human-robot interaction system.


Robots are becoming increasingly part of our society, both as social assistants to humans, but also as social companions. Robots are being developed, for instance, to serve elderly people or people with disabilities, but also to be used in entertainment or education. As a result, humans will interact with robots more frequently in the near future.

This course will provide answers to questions such as: For what sort of applications do we expect humans to interact with robots? How should such interactions look like? How do the interactions depend on the application? What are good practices for designing HRI, such that interactions with robots feel comfortable, useful and effective?

The lectures will provide an overview of the key theoretical and practical issues in human-robot interaction. In particular, the lectures include the following topics:

  • Robot companions
  • Language tutoring using social robots
  • Socially intelligent robots
  • Multimodal interaction with robots
  • Natural Language Processing for HRI
  • Evaluation of HRI
  • Long-term interactions in HRI

Seminars will be given in groups of up to 20 students. The seminars will be used to obtain hands-on experience in designing, implementing and experimenting with human-robot interaction. For this, the student will learn how to develop and implement a straightforward program using the graphical software package Choregraphe, and test and evaluate the resulting design using the NAO robot.


Examination will consist of a group demonstration of the implemented HRI (20%), a group paper that combines theory with the practical work carried out during seminars (40%) and an individual take home exam (40%).

Compulsory Reading

  1. 1A selection of about 10 articles will be made available through Blackboard. Examples include:
  2. Dautenhahn, K., 2nd edition.
  3. Belpaeme et al., L2TOR - Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots. In Proceedings of 1st Int. Workshop on Educational Robots, Springer, 2015.
  4. Bartneck, C., Kulić, D., Croft, E., & Zoghbi, S., Measurement instruments for the anthropomorphism, animacy, likeability, perceived intelligence, and perceived safety of robots. International journal of social robotics, 1(1), 71-81., 2009.
  5. Salem, M., Eyssel, F., Rohlfing, K., Kopp, S., & Joublin, F., To err is human (-like): Effects of robot gesture on perceived anthropomorphism and likability. International Journal of Social Robotics, 5(3), 313-323..

Required Prerequisites


Recommended option for

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  • Master Communication and Information Sciences ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
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