Human-Robot Interaction and Social AI

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Human-robot interaction and social AI focuses on the connection between robots and humans, and what it takes to create robots that interact with people in a way that works for everyone! 

What to expect 

This specialisation centres on how a robotic system fits in with people in social settings in terms of communication, movement, acceptance and trust. How do robotic systems interact with humans, and how do humans respond to robots? What does it take to make these interactions effective, natural and of real added value to people and organisations? These are questions you learn to answer in this specialisation. This specialisation is the way towards becoming a specialist in robot cognition and/or human cognition and developing human-robot interaction algorithms. You might also use your knowledge in the wider context of how robots and fleets of robots interact with people in roles like those of butlers, assistants or customer service providers. In your master's thesis project, you will likely deal with questions concerning the design of interfaces for natural interaction, such as avatars, or on enabling robots to interpret human gestures and speech in such a way that they are able to (re)act in relevant manner.  

Courses 

Courses include:

During your master's thesis, you could focus on: 

  1. Mediated social touch through a physical avatar and a wearable 
  2. Spoken Interaction with Conversational Agents and Robots 
  3. Touch Interactions and Haptics 
  4. Human Impedance regulation in Haptic Control using Electromyography combined with the posture of the human arm to increase transparency within telemanipulation control

Type of degree 

On completing this master’s with a specialisation in Human-Robot Interaction and Social AI, you receive a Master’s degree in Robotics. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc). Your specialisation is mentioned specifically on your diploma supplement, highlighting your specialised knowledge and skills in Human-Robot Interaction and Social Artificial Intelligence. 

Job oppportunities 

If you graduate with this specialisation, you will be a specialist in robot cognition and/or human cognition, and in developing human-robot interaction algorithms. You can also use your specialised knowledge in the wider context of how robots and fleets of robots interact with people. As a robot-human interface designer, you will know how to optimise the interaction between robot and humans, creating robotic systems that behave in socially effective and acceptable ways. 

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