This course will focus on the emerging field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).  This multidisciplinary research area draws from: Robotics, AI, Human-Computer Interaction, and Cognitive Psychology.  The main goal of HRI is to enable robots to successfully interact with humans.   As robots increasingly make their way into functional roles in everyday human environments (like homes, schools, and hospitals), we need them to be able to interact with everyday people.  Moreover, a person working with a robot shouldn’t be required to learn a new form of interaction.  Thus, we need to develop computational models of social intelligence for these robots that will allow them to have interactions that are natural and intuitive for a human partner.

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