Course Content
Orientation, introduction to the course
1. Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
2. Research Methods in Human-Robot Interaction
3. Smart Cities & HRI
The demand for city living is already high, and it appears that this trend will continue. According to the United Nations World Cities Report, by 2050, more than 70% of the world's population will be living and working in cities — one of many reports predicting that cities will play an important role in our future (UN-Habitat, 2022). Thus, as cities are growing in size and scope, it is shaped into complex urban landscape where things, data, and people interact with each other. Everything and everyone has become so connected that Wifi too often fails to meet digital needs, online orders don't arrive fast enough, traffic jams still clog the roads and environmental pollution still weighs on cities. New technologies, technical intelligence, and robots can contribute to the direction of finding solutions to ever-increasing problems and assist the evolution of the growing urban space.
Human-Robot Interaction
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Overview of different types of robots and their applications

In recent years, robots have become increasingly common in various fields and environments. From manufacturing to healthcare, robots are being used to perform a variety of tasks, and new types of robots are being developed all the time. Bartneck et al. present a categorization of robots and their applications that this section is based on. Among these, service robots stand out as an important and rapidly growing category. Service robots are designed to assist humans in a variety of tasks, from cleaning and maintenance to providing customer service and companionship. In addition to service robots, there are also a wide range of other robot types, each with their own unique purposes and applications. In this section, we will explore some of the most notable and interesting types of robots, including tour guide robots, receptionist robots, robots for sales promotion, robots for learning, robots for entertainment, pet and toy robots, robots for exhibitions, robots in the performing arts, sex robots, robots in healthcare and therapy, robots for senior citizens, robots for people with autism spectrum disorder, robots for rehabilitation, and robots as personal assistants. Let’s dive in and explore the world of robots and their many diverse applications.


To further read about the different types of robots and their applications you can explore this book:


Bartneck, C. et al. (2020) Human-Robot Interaction: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: