CSEE professor Cynthia Matuszek will teach a new special topics course this spring on Principles of Human-Robot Interaction. The graduate level course (CMSC 691-08) will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm in 013 Sherman Hall.
Principles of Human-Robot Interaction
An introduction to robots in our daily lives
CMSC691-08, 4:00-5:15pm Tue/Thr, starting 26 January 2016, UMBC
Robots are becoming ubiquitous. From Roombas in our homes, to surgical robots in hospitals, to giant manipulators that assemble cars, robots are everywhere. In the past, robots have only ever interacted with highly trained experts. Now, as they are being deployed more widely, we must address new questions about how our robots can interact day-to-day with end users — non-experts — safely, usefully, and pleasantly. This new area of research is called Human-Robot Interaction, or HRI.
This 3-credit special topics course aims to introduce students to current research in HRI and provide hands-on experience with HRI research. Students will explore the diverse range of research topics in this area, learn to identify HRI problems in their own research, and carry out a collaborative project involving human-robot interactions. Topics to be covered include:
- Social robots: how can robots be social beings? When do we want them to?
- Human-robot collaboration: humans and robots working together on tasks
- Natural-language interactions with robots and human-robot dialog
- Telerobotics: the uses of remote presence and teleoperation
- Expressive robots: how can robots express emotion – and should they?
Students may benefit from having some previous coursework or experience in AI, machine learning, or robotics, but none are necessary. Undergraduate students can enroll with the instructor’s permission. For more information, contact Dr. Matuszek at cmat at umbc.edu.