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 exchange programme is designed for you!
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.
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 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 exchange programme 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 utilise these skills. Combining your strengths will give you the opportunity to come up and design new solutions in the field of social robots.
The Social Robotics programme focuses 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. Here are example projects of recent years:
- The robots as a teacher assistant
During our programme, students studied how robots can support primary school teachers and increase the learning outcomes of children. Watch the video Stel je voor: een robot die de leerkracht helpt in de klas (in Dutch only).
- Healthcare robots
We also developed and applied robots for a children’s hospital (Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis) in the Netherlands. These robots stimulate children to exercise, increase children’s involvement in sport and play, and distracted them from being sick. Watch the video Studenten programmeren robots voor WKZ- Hogeschool Utrecht (in Dutch only).
Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Matthijs Smakman.
The programme takes place during one semester with a total of 30 ECTS. You will be assessed on the project. It contains the following subjects:
|Human Robot Interaction|
|Design Methods for Social Robots|
|Project Social Robots|
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.
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 our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. 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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