Social Robotics

Course Overview

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a new and emerging field that is concerned with the ways in which robots interact with people in the social world and social robots are specifically designed robots that operate via social interaction. It enables development of the robots that can interact with people in various everyday environments. The aim of this course is to introduce social robotics and human robot interaction. It will look at the distinctiveness, application domains, and interaction methods of social robots. This course will also discuss challenges and opportunities that are specific to this growing field.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyze the main challenges and opportunities of social robots. They will also be able to assess the design and interaction ability of a social robot.
  • Students (individually and in groups) will develop the ability to analyze the need of the social robots in different scenarios.
  • Students will be able to predict the possible consequences of social interaction between the human and the robots. Students will also be able to offer their own set of ELS rules for the development of the social robot.

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction to Social Robotics: How is it different from traditional robotics and its applications
  2. Social Robots Embodiment and Design: To be able to understand by humans
  3. Social Robots Skill Set: To understand humans (Social Emotional Intelligence and Socio-Cognitive Skills)
  4. Social Robots and Communication Skills: To be able to interact with humans
  5. Involving Humans in HRI Studies: Design Methodology
  6. Case Studies: Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID), Elderly People
  7. Ethical Issues: Ethical, legal and Social Implications of Social Robotics


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Course Administration

  • Google Classroom will be used as primary mode of course administration, including general announcements, announcements/submission of assignments, doubt resolution.Colab will be used for Coding Assignments.
  • Course will be supported with teaching assistants (TAs). TAs will communicate their office hours individually.
  • TAs will support the course through doubt resolution, responsible for announcement and/submission of quizzes/assignments, grading with faculties supervision etc.

Plagiarism Policy

  • The course follows a zero tolerance on academic dishonesty. The course follows the IIIT-Delhi policy on Academic Dishonesty [Updated Institute policy will apply]
  • All plagiarism cases will be on record for your tenure at IIIT-Delhi
  • All code and reports will be checked for plagiarism
  • Home work theory questions may be asked in exam or quiz as it is
  • If correct in Home work and incorrect in exam, home work question will be marked zero. Make sure you know all your home work theory questions.

Auditing Requirements

  • Students need to submit all assignments and projects on time.
  • Students should achieve a grade of at least the class average.
  • Audit students are not permitted to do projects with registered students.
  • Quizzes and Exams are optional.