Human-robot interaction (HRI) is the field of study to understand, design and evaluate robotics systems for use by or with humans. This course brings together knowledge from robotics, artificial intelligence, language processing, image analysis, cognitive psychology, and other fields to enable robots to have more natural and more efficient interactions with humans. The course deals primarily with how we create and evaluate such rich interactions, but also how psychological and sociological aspects are taken into consideration in the design process. More specifically, the course covers a sub-set of the topics levels of autonomy, shared control, remote presence, robot learning, attention, priming, imitation, emotion and intention recognition, natural language understanding, gesture and facial recognition, proxemics, anthropomorphism, trust, responsibility, and robot ethics. The studies will be a mix of theoretical studies of earlier work in the area, and practical development of algorithms and software for robots interacting with humans.
Application and eligibility
Human Robot Interaction, 7.5 hp
Spring Term 2018
Lectures begin on week starting 19 March 2018
Lectures end during the week of 28 May 2018
English (upon request)
Type of studies
Univ: To be admitted you must have (or equivalent) 90 ECTS-credits including 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or two years of completed studies within a study programme (120 ECTS-credits). In both cases includning at least 7.5 ECTS on bachelor level in Artficial intelligence (e.g. 5DV121) or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.
Application deadline was
16 October 2017.
Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.