Human Robot Interaction


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The interaction between human and robot is critical for successful collaborative robotics.  This course focuses on understanding the fundamentals of human perception, interaction behavior and how to apply this together with technology to successfully solve tasks in collaborative robotics.

Learning objectives


  • Must be able to describe the human perceptual system
  • Must be able to describe basic social communication aspects like proxemics, turn-taking, etc.
  • Must be able to describe how the interaction between robot and human is influenced by design aspects such as the degree of autonomy, the design of social perception, embodiment, and input/output modalities
  • Must have an overview over different types of human-robotic interfaces
  • Must be able to describe potential safety issues in collaborative robotics


  • Must be able to analyze collaborative situations and design and implement human-robot interaction based on this analysis
  • Must be able to define success criteria for human robot interaction in a given context
  • Must be able to evaluate systems of interacting robots and humans
  • Must be able to perform usability studies


  • Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of and critically discuss the need to consider technical, personal, safety, ethical, and societal demands and requirements within the area human-robot interaction
  • Must be able to select relevant human-robot-interaction theories, methods, and tools, and synthesize them into an appropriate solution for a given problem

Type of instruction

See the general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examHuman Robot Interaction
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMenneske-robot interaktion
Module codeSOTROBK2K2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Robotics)
Study BoardStudy Board of Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Health Science and Technology
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine