Human-Robot Interaction — An Introduction

The first Human-Robot Interaction textbook

This will be the virtual home of the Human-Robot Interaction textbook by Christoph Bartneck, Tony Belpaeme, Friederike Eyssel, Takayuki Kanda, Merel Keijsers, Selma Šabanović. It will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

Christoph Bartneck, Tony Belpaeme, Friederike Eyssel, Takayuki Kanda, Merel Keijsers, Selma Šabanović
From left: Takayuki Kanda, Selma Šabanović, Merel Keijsers, Tony Belpaeme, Christoph Bartneck, Friederike Eyssel

The role of robots in society keeps expanding and diversifying, bringing with it a host of issues surrounding the relationship between robots and humans. This introduction to Human–Robot Interaction, written by leading researchers in this developing field, is the first to provide a broad overview of the multidisciplinary topics central to modern HRI research. Students and researchers from robotics, artificial intelligence, psychology, sociology, and design will find it a concise and accessible guide to the current state of the field.

Written for students from diverse backgrounds, it presents the all the relevant background concepts, describing how robots work, how to design them, and how to evaluate their performance. Self-contained chapters discuss a wide range of topics, including the different communication modalities such as speech, non-verbal communication and the processing of emotions, as well as ethical issues around the application of robots today and in the context of our future society.

  • Minimal prerequisites and modular presentation enables courses to be tailored to fit students with different backgrounds
  • Discussion questions and relevant literature at the end of the chapter contribute to deeper conversations in and outside the classroom
  • Over 90 color illustrations showcase the history and most recent developments in Human–Robot Interaction

Table of contents:

  • Preface
  • What is human-robot interaction?
  • How a robot works
  • Design
  • Spatial interaction
  • Nonverbal interaction
  • Verbal interaction
  • Emotion
  • Research methods
  • Applications
  • Robots in society
  • The future

About the authors:

Christoph Bartneck

Christoph Bartneck is an associate professor and director of postgraduate studies at the HIT Lab NZ of the University of Canterbury. He has a background in Industrial Design and Human-Computer Interaction, and his projects and studies have been published in leading journals, newspapers, and conferences. His interests lie in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies, and Visual Design. More specifically, he focuses on the effect of anthropomorphism on human-robot interaction. He has worked for several international organizations including the Technology Centre of Hannover (Germany), LEGO (Denmark), Eagle River Interactive (USA), Philips Research (Netherlands), ATR (Japan), and The Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands).

Tony Belpaeme

Tony Belpaeme is professor at Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Plymouth (UK). He works on Human-Robot Interaction and cognitive robotics and believes that intelligence can be understood by studying how we interact socially with each other and with robots. This results in a spectrum of results, from theoretical insights to practical applications. He has worked on social robots for therapy, robots to support children in hospitals and robots that can act as tutors for young children.

Friederike Eyssel

Friederike Eyssel is professor of Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research at Bielefeld University, Germany. She is interested in various research topics ranging from social robotics, social agents, and ambient intelligence to attitude change, prejudice reduction, and sexual objectification of women.

Takayuki Kanda

Takayuki Kanda is a professor in Informatics at Kyoto University, Japan. He is also a Visiting Group Leader at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan. He received his B. Eng, M. Eng, and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1998, 2000, and 2003, respectively. He is one of the starting members of Communication Robots project at ATR. He has developed a communication robot, Robovie, and applied it in daily situations, such as peer-tutor at elementary school and a museum exhibit guide.

Merel Keijsers

Merel Keijsers is a PhD student at the HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury. She has a research masters in Statistics, and in Social and Health Psychology from the University of Utrecht. In her PhD, she studies what conscious and subconscious psychological processes drive people to abuse and bully robots. Having a background in social psychology, she is mainly interested in the similarities and differences in how people deal with robots versus other humans.

Selma Šabanović

Selma Šabanović is an Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she directs the R-House Human-Robot Interaction Lab. She studies the design, use, and consequences of socially interactive and assistive robots in and for various social contexts, including healthcare institutions, user homes, and schools. She also investigates how cultural assumptions are embedded in and affect perceptions of robots for everyday use. She received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, for the cross-cultural study of social robot design in Japan and the US.