Are you interested in how social robots can be implemented in daily life, for example in education, in healthcare and in hospitality? Do you want to come up with innovative solutions for longtime societal problems? And do you think robots can be part of these solutions? Then this minor is designed for you! During this minor, you will work in a multidisciplinary research team. You and your teammates come from various fields such as: psychology, social work, education, healthcare, engineering, media, IT, communication and business. All of you will bring the specific knowledge from your field and together you will find creative ways to utilize these skills. Combining your strengths will give you the opportunity to come up and design new solutions in the field of social robots.
Students do not need programming knowledge to participate in this minor. However, if you have basic programming knowledge, you will be able to utilize these skills.
You don’t need an internship or workplace to take the minor.
The Examination Board determines which minors do not have a higher professional education level and/or have an unacceptable overlap with the compulsory curriculum of your own study programme. Check at the page Not allowed minor courses under your institute which minors are not allowed. This page will be updated from 25 February 2023 for the 2023-2024 minor offer.
The Social Robotics minor focusses on the interaction between robots and humans in education, healthcare and hospitality. You will learn how people interact with robots, how to design social robots, how to do good research. Later you will use this knowledge in a large research project. Presented below are example projects of recent years:
Examples of projects:
- The robots as a teacher assistant. During the minor, student studied how robots can support primary school teachers and increase the learning outcomes of children, see Stel je voor: een robot die de leerkracht helpt in de klas – YouTube. (video in Dutch).
- Healthcare robots. We also developed and applied robots for a children’s hospital (Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis) in Netherlands. These robots stimulate children to exercise, increase children’s involvement in sport and play, and distracted them from being sick. See (video in Dutch): Studenten programmeren robots voor WKZ- Hogeschool Utrecht – YouTube
The student will be able to design, build, use, evaluate and contribute to society with a social robot.
The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following:
Title: Poject Social Robots (in the domain of hospitality, education and healthcare : 30 ECTS.
The Project Social Robotics focusses on building and applying a social robot in a certain context, researching its effectiveness, and analyzing the interaction. You will therefore learn the basic principles of Human-Robot Interaction, learn how to design a social robot, set up an experiment and evaluate this in one of the three domains (hospitality, education and healthcare).
This minor will be evaluated based on multiple assessments. Students’ knowledge will be assessed by a written exam and a presentation, and students’ skills by a poster and research paper.
The literature used during the minor will consist of cutting-edge research papers. You will receive definite information at the start of the minor.
The timetable and the course days are not yet known, but the minor is full time (5 days attendance) and it is not possible to make special arrangements. There is no attendance requirement, but you are expected to go to the classes.
With the exception of the first teaching period of the academic year (starting September), the lesson and test schedules are always posted on Mijn Rooster four weeks before the start of each teaching period. The schedule for the first teaching period of the academic year can be found on the site three weeks before the start. The most up-to-date schedule is always visible on Mijn Rooster.
At HU, full-time education may be scheduled between 08:30 and 19:00.
There are no additional costs.
This minor course is marked by the Green Office as a sustainable minor. This means that by participating in this minor course, you can contribute to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN.