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.
To enter this minor, you need to have a strong interest in 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.
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 can explain and discuss basic HRI theories, terms, and principles;
- The student can apply HRI-principles to design a social robotic system;
- The student can explain and apply different design methods to design and configure a social robot;
- The student can apply practical knowledge of HRI to complete a research project regarding social robots and present it to an interdisciplinary audience.
The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:
|Human Robot Interaction||5|
|Design Methods for Social Robots||5|
|Project Social Robots||20|
In the first course (Human Robot Interaction) we’ll start by looking at the basic principles of Human Robot Interaction (HRI), and what state-of-the-art robots can and cannot do within their current technological limits. In this course we’ll look at social robots being applied in education, healthcare and hospitality.
In the second course (Design Methods for Social Robots) you will gain knowledge on several design methods for designing social robots. With this knowledge (combined with the knowledge of HRI) you will then design your own social robot.
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 set up an experiment and in the end write a scientific paper based on your findings.
This minor will be assessed based on the two courses and the project. The course Human Robot Interaction will be assessed by a written exam, the course Design Methods for Social Robots will be assessed by an assignment and the project will be assessed by a written research paper.
The literature used during the minor will consist of cutting-edge research papers. You will receive definite information before the start of the minor.
The timetable and the course days are not yet known.
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.