Social Robotics

Social Robotics focuses on the interaction between robots and humans. Robots such as NAO, Pepper, RUBI, Keepon, Paro, Huggable, Robovie, Kaspar, Robota, and KindSAR are just a grasp of the robots that will be discussed and analyzed.

Using the theoretical concepts regarding human-robot-interaction (HRI) you will design and eventually validate a social robot for a specific purpose. You will gain relevant knowledge on HRI-principles, design methods and research skills on how to complete a research project related to social robots.

Useful to know

Start date September, February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code TICT-MSR-19
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Are you interested in social robots, such as robots in the field of education, healthcare and hospitality, and are you ambitious to work in a multidisciplinary research project? Than stop looking, this minor is designed for you! This minor programme is designed for students from various fields such as: healthcare, communication, engineering, education, media, and business. In this programme you’ll be able to use your knowledge about a specific field and find creative ways to utilise your skills during this minor. For example, students from the field of healthcare can bring their own knowledge to help design a social robot for healthcare purposes. This state-of-the-art international research minor focusses on designing and applying social robots in various sectors.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Matthijs Smakman.

Course Unit Title ECTS 
Human Robot Interaction 5
Design Methods for Social Robots 5
Project Social Robots 20

In our course guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

Download the study guides for specific information regarding each course individually.

To enter this programme, you need to have a strong interest in social robots. Furthermore, you are expected to have attained English language skills at CEFR level B2. If you are unsure about your level, you can do a (free) written and spoken assessment. Contact the programme coordinator for more information.

English CEFR level B2

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

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