CS 7633 HRI - Syllabus


Date Topics
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 Overview
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 Case Studies of Autonomous Interactive Robots
[PDF] HERB: a home exploring robotic butler
[PDF] The Autonomous City Explorer (ACE) Project
[PDF] Classifying human-robot interaction: an updated taxonomy
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 Telepresence
[PDF] Exploring Use Cases for Telepresence Robots
[PDF] Bodies in Motion: Mobility, Presence, and Task Awareness in Telepresence
Thu, Sept 1, 2016 Extreme environments
[PDF] Analysis of Human-Robot Interaction at the DRC Trials
Tue, Sept 6, 2016 Assistive Technologies
[PDF] Robots for Humanity
[PDF] Enabling Building Service Robots to Guide Blind People
Thu, Sept 8, 2016 Metrics and Evaluation Methods
[PDF] Common Metrics for Human-Robot Interaction
[PDF] Robot Learning from Human Teachers (Chapter 7)
Tue, Sept 13, 2016 Metrics and Evaluation Methods
[PDF] The R Book Chapters 9-11 (skim the text, this is a reference guide)
[PDF] The Oz of Wizard

Optional Resource:
[PDF] Running Behavioral Studies with Human Participants: a practical guide
Thu, Sept 15, 2016 Anthropomorphism
[PDF] A Survey of Socially Interactive Robots (read Section 2)
Tue, Sept 20, 2016 Modeling Engagement
[PDF] Dialog in the Open World: Platform and Applications
[Receptionist Video][Game Video]
Thu, Sept 22, 2016 Speech and Conversation
[PDF] Toward Understanding Natural Language Directions
(postponed reading) Meet Me where I’m Gazing: How Shared Attention Gaze Affects Human-Robot Handover Timing
Tue, Sept 27, 2016 Emotion Recognition and Generation
[PDF]Emotion and sociable humanoid robots
Thu, Sept 29, 2016 Autism and Robots
[PDF]Robots for Use in Autism Research
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 Collaborative Tasks
[PDF] Meet Me where I’m Gazing: How Shared Attention Gaze Affects Human-Robot Handover Timing
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 Written Case Study  #1
[PDF]slides on ANOVA
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 Fall Break
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 Collaborative Tasks
[PDF] Decision-Making Authority, Team Efficiency and Human Worker Satisfaction in Mixed Human-Robot Teams
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 Learning from Demonstration
[PDF] A survey of robot learning from demonstration
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 Project Proposals
[PDF] Project Description
[Word] Project Proposal Template
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 Behavior Architectures
[PDF] An Embodied Cognition Approach to Mindreading Skills for Socially Intelligent Robots
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 Behavior Architectures
[PDF] An ethological and emotional basis for human–robot interaction
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 Written Case Study  #2
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 Deceit
[PDF] A Taxonomy of Robot Deception and its Benefits in HRI
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 Ethical Considerations
Pick one: [PDF] Robots in War: Issues of Risk and Ethics
[PDF] Beyond Asimov: The Three Laws of Responsible Robotics
[PDF] Sacrifice One For the Good of Many? People Apply Different Moral Norms to Human and Robot Agents
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 Impact of Robotics on Society
[PDF] One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (focus on robotics sections)
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 Project Checkpoint
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 Written Case Study  #3
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 TBD
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 Thanksgiving
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 TBD
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 Final Project Presentations
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 Final Project Presentations


There is no established textbook for the field of Human-Robot Interaction, selected conference and journal articles will be assigned as reading throughout the course.


Students are expected to attend all classes; unexcused absences will affect your final grade. A significant aspect of class will be group discussion and participation, thus it is essential that you carefully review the required reading before each class and be prepared to share your perspective.

Assignments and Grading

The course grade breakdown is as follows: 15% per written case study (3 total), 20% participation, 35% final project.  The participation grade will be determined based on active participation in class discussions and presentation of reading summaries, when assigned.  Projects will be determined on an individual basis in October and will include a written report, in-class presentation and demo.

Written Case Studies

The purpose of the written case studies is to assess each student's individual mastery of the HRI curriculum. Topics covered include relevant literature review, study design methodology and evaluation methodology across multiple domains. Each written response will be graded by the course instructor and the TA, with the ultimate grade reported as a ✓+, ✓ or ✓- (equivalent to 100%, 80%, 60%). Students receiving a ✓ or ✓- may resubmit (by email to the instructor) up to one updated response for reevaluation within 7 days of the original deadline.

Note that each of the case studies previously appeared on the Robotics PhD Qualifer Exam, for which CS7633 serves as a core course. Thus, for PhD students in the course the case studies serve as valuable practice for the written portion of the quals. I'm happy to arrange a time to meet outside of class for any PhD student interested in practicing the additional oral component.

The submissions system will close at 3pm on the date that the assignment is due. Late assignments will not be accepted except for pre-arranged absences or special considerations because the content of the case studies will be discussed in class on the date of submission.