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Learn to recognise and act upon human challenges and opportunities by creating and evaluating meaningful, intelligent, interactive systems.

This Master’s combines research, design, and entrepreneurship, enabling you to design and develop new interactive technologies and systems that are meaningful to people and society. In that sense, you will ask yourself: how can technology support or enrich people’s lives? And how does a technology best suit their wishes and needs? You will work on impactful solutions for relevant, real-life challenges. For example, how can speech technology assist people who cannot speak? Or what does it take for people to trust and accept self-driving cars?

On the technology side, you can take in-depth courses in computer science, artificial intelligence and/or electrical engineering. On the human side, you will learn to analyse human behaviour and user contexts but also develop your entrepreneurial, design and storytelling skills to ensure the best possible connection between your technological solution and the people or organisations you are developing it for. In the end, it’s about understanding and conveying the value of a technology or any other interactive system in today’s society.

Examples of courses you will follow within this Master's:
  • In the course Brain Computer Interfacing, you will learn to explain and apply methods for analysing and classifying brain waves, using EEG technology.
  • The course Social Robot Design will teach you to use methods from the world of interaction design (UcD, UxD, Co-design) and apply them in the specific context of Social Robot Design.
  • How can an application recognise and generate affective/social behaviour? The course Affective Computing provides an overview of several research areas such as emotion theory, data collection and annotation, vocal and facial expression analysis, machine learning and social signal processing, and affect generation.

Co-decide the content of your Master’s

You have a great deal of freedom in putting together your own Master’s and aligning it with your interests and ambitions. This starts with the question: what kind of interaction technologist would you like to become? Maybe you want to gain expertise in a certain type of technology, like Artificial Intelligence, language processing or social robots, or, in case you want to follow up your Master’s with a PhD, you could focus on your research and experiment skills. Or you could take some extra courses on entrepreneurship; you might develop a great business idea and end up starting up your own company after graduating!

Together with the programme mentor, you will discuss how to compose a set of courses meeting your specific interests, while also complying with the coherence of the programme as a whole. You can even choose to follow courses or complete your graduation project abroad or incorporate an internship into your Master’s. Wherever your interests and ambitions lie, the Master’s in Interaction Technology enables you to become the professional you wish to be.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master's, you have acquired specific scientific knowledge skills and values.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s, you:

    • have knowledge of methodologies for user-oriented design, including the drafting of user requirements and user studies;
    • have in-depth knowledge in the field of usability engineering;
    • know and understand intelligent interaction employing techniques taken from artificial intelligence.
  • Skills

    After completing this Master's, you:

    • are able to think out of the box and find innovative solutions for real-life, societal problems;
    • can build a prototype and demonstrate that a solution is technologically feasible;
    • have the ability to sell your technological solutions by using storytelling techniques.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s, you:

    • have the aim to find valuable technological solutions for societal problems;
    • value multidisciplinary approaches towards technological innovations;
    • have the ability to identify gaps in your knowledge and have a mindset to enhance and extend your knowledge through research.

Related Master's

Not sure if this Master’s is exactly what you’re looking for? Maybe another related master’s at UT suits you better:

- Master’s in Computer Science (specialisation in Data Science & Technology)
- Master’s in Embedded Systems
- Master’s in Psychology (specialisation in Human Factors & Engineering Psychology)
- Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering (specialisation in Human Technology Relations)

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